Free Choice Encourages Solid Learning
In order to meet the needs of many students, I differentiate as much as I can. For example, during word work, students must practice their sight word list but are allowed the freedom to choose which resources they will practice with. Some students play “Hangman,” some use tactile tracing cards, some go on word hunts, some play Concentration, some spell the words using American Sign Language, etc. This approach empowers students to take responsibility for their own progress while honoring their particular learning styles.
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