Inclusive Classroom Cultures

Co-teaching 3rd/4th grade in a blended model includes opportunities for personalized learning plans to meet the needs of each individual.

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Our 3rd and 4th graders in Team Ohana (which means family),  have opportunities to take risks and work with many students at their same levels, and learn from others who may be at a different level. As a mixed community, rather than viewing themselves as a 3rd or 4th grader, students see themselves as one who is trying to grow academically as he/she sets personal goals throughout all subjects. I am then able to have daily conferences with my students to check in on their progress on their goals, and students are constantly encouraging each other to extend their learning through the use of choice boards in ELA and Math in order to meet each individual's needs.


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HI Kelly

I like that you consider yourself a team and a community rather than a class of 3rd and 4th graders. It feels that this sets up expectations in a different way than being in a multi-grade class. Is this something that is done throughout the school, or is there just one classroom set up this way?


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During the last school year, I taught 2nd grade and my current teaching partner taught 3rd. She and I mentioned our interest in looping with our students to pilot this new co-teaching approach to promote more personalized learning for this current school year. Our director was excited and in full support of our idea!

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