Teach them where they are at, or should be?

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  1. WaterfallLady

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    I am doing my practicum and have run into a bit of a problem. When I got to the school (high school math and science) the main teacher told me they didn't have textbooks. When I asked what I was supposed to teach, he said that he had all grade levels so there wasn't a curriculum, but the kids functioned at third-fifth grade with a few above and a few below.

    So, should I be teaching at the third-fifth grade level because that is where they are, or should I try to teach them high school science type things like atoms and rocks? Should I meet them half between and teach middle school-like science?

    Ideas are more than welcome!
     
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    Well, I think you would have to begin at the level where they will have the most success and build up from there.
     
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    You always teach at the level they're AT. Teaching at the level they should be does nothing-- they won't understand the material. Your hope is to get them up to where they should be.
     
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    I guess I meant should I teach a more simplified high school curriculum or shouldI get materials made for fourth graders? I wasn't clear and I apologize.
     
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    Sorry, I was speaking in generalities and you wanted specifics.

    If possible, I would try for the first-- simplified versions of the actual material you want to teach. Kids are pretty perceptive about when they're being spoken down to, regardless of their ability levels.
     
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    I'd agree with Alice--I teach students who are well below grade level, but we try to work on the grade level topics modified and simplified. Also, it is usually what the state expects from you, as well as the district.
     
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    I agree to teach the high school concepts in a more simplified manner. You may want to use more models, diagrams, illustrations with simple language. Once they have the experience/knowledge of the concept understood, start plugging in those grade-level vocab words.
     
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    I think that with science, you should definitely teach the grade-level content, just simplify, and provide more types of support. With math, however, I would expect that, if your students are functioning that far below grade level, you would have to start where they are and move forward. If a student is only achieving at a grade 5 level in math, you cannot expect to teach grade 10 level concepts with any degree of success.
     
  11. Good1

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    Very good advice. :)
     

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