Our new assistant principal is really pushing differentiation. And while I understand the importance of it and how it can really help, sometimes it is just practically impossible due to time constraints. But this is one thing that I am able to differentiate thanks to this stellar idea- Spelling. Who knew differentiating spelling could be so easy?
Now the original post (and I believe the person who trained on this) had a different plan, but like I said, I had to make this work with my class. So instead of cutting file folders into thirds (like the post suggests) I cut mine in half. One side for pretest and one side for post-test. This eliminates any chance of cheating because the word list is not attached. Here is how it works-
On Monday, I give my students a pretest on the first 15 words from our spelling list. I use our spelling that comes with our series because that is what is expected. I then grade the pretest and circle anything that students got wrong. If they got less than 10 wrong, I circle up to all of the challenge words to make up to 10 words. Now, sometimes students might ONLY have the challenge words circled because they got a 100 on the first 15 words. To them I say congratulations on a short spelling list. No child has more than 10 words a week.
|As you can see, this child only has 6 spelling words this week. I don't write the challenge words in, I just circle them so they know to circle them on their newsletter.|
**I have my folders laminated for durability. I stuck a sticker on the folders and labeled them with my students' numbers to help me pass them out without having to open flaps and see who the folder belongs to. They are stored on my shelf during the week and only come out on Monday and Friday for tests. I never have to worry about them being ruined or students trying to sneak and write the words in advance on the post test side.
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