Joan, thank you for sharing your phenomenal idea about making a class book and sending it home each night! I am definitely going to use that idea this year. About half of my students are new to the school this year, so it will be a great way to help all of the families learn about the other children in the class.
Patricia and Erin, this is so cool that you are preschool and middle school teachers respectively, and you both write about ways to adapt this idea for your classes. That says something pretty powerful about multiple points of entry when it comes to teaching. I immediately starting thinking about differentiation. If a single concept can be scaled for such a wide grade range, it makes me think about how I can try other ways to differentiate the experiences in my classroom to fit a wide range of learning styles, interests, background knowledge, etc.
I think I often fall prey to thinking about academic matters along grade lines ("That's an upper grade concept,") and it's wonderful to realize that we're all really in the same boat together. Thanks, Patricia and Erin!
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