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KRISTIN commented on Self-Run Classroom

Greissy,
Your vision is similar to what I have had too.  Sometimes, I felt like I was getting close when I taught 5th grade.  The students were given menus with required activities, choice sections, and student created independent projects.  It worked beautifully one year. Since then, challenges I've noticed have been: vast differences in student levels and maturity, lack of technology, and incorporating all required skills into student choice activities or projects.  I believe if you had some time to plan stations and more technology it would really help you go in the right direction.

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KRISTIN commented on Struggling readers in STEM classes

Brooke,
This is something I think about also.  Our struggling readers often have unidentified strengths in math or science.  If we can build a strong literacy foundation, students will also be able to communicate in the languages of science and math.  Using writing to explain how to do a math operation is one idea.  Students could then write a script and produce a learning video to share with other students.