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Friday, February 3, 2012

Learning to Work With What I Got!

So starting in January, our 1st and 2nd grade became a multi age 1st and 2nd grade. All students were divided into groups according to their ability level. I was so excited because at the time, my class was all over the place. High, Extreme Low, On, Extreme High, Low....not much of a middle group. Anyway, I was excited up until I was told I would have the lowest performing 1st and 2nd graders. *BLANK STARE*....<------my initial reaction. After thinking about the idea, I got excited for the challenge at hand. 

Long story short...we are now 1 month into the transition and I am very discouraged. Majority of my students have no understanding of blending or phonics. Some do not even know all letter sounds. Many can not identify or write numbers above 10. Anyway, I have not given up...and let me say I LOVE THIS CLASS. They have so much potential, but somewhere along the line, someone felt they would just pass them on through. I refuse to be that teacher. Now here's where you come in.....

I am looking for ideas and or suggestions for teaching kids who have a hard time understanding oral directions. I feel many of my students have language issues and although they understand the content, they can not verbalize it. They also have a hard time focusing... if it does not involve coloring...or me standing on my head singing and dancing. LOL...and yes, I do go there if I have to. Short attention spans (when you don't understand, you don't pay attention). And finally no motivation from home. 

Loving the challenge, but gotta do more!

Here is the test that I created!


  1. Just wanted to stop by and say hi! :o)
    Love your freebie by the way! Some *AWESOME* teammate must have shown you how to do that! lol
    One last thing:

  2. thanks for telling me about your blog! Loving it already. I don't know if this will help or not (or if it's even an option), but I wanted to tell you about the Leap Frog movies. They are SPECTACULAR! Lici couldn't identify 3 letters when we started school this year. I introduced the "Letter Factory" leap frog video to her. She watched it 3 times a week for 2 weeks. At the end..she knew ALL her letters AND all their sounds! She is now reading small words and is learning blends thru the "Word Factory" video. She also has a VERY short att. span and struggles greatly with verbal directions. We started playing the "obedience game". It's sort of like simon says. I give her a 2-3 task list and tell her to go do it right then. She has improved so much and we are now at 4-5 task list at a time. Good luck! I know having a class is much diff than one on one, so I'm Praying for ya!! I imagine you are an AWESOME teacher!! :)

  3. Leap frog movies....had not heard. I was excited to recieve 5 leap pads last week and lookin forward to opening a leap pad center this week. This is very helpful...thanks Chrystal. Will let you know how things turn out!