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Breaking the ice

September 1, 2011

Welcome back! We thought it was appropriate to dedicate our first day back to getting to know you ideas and building classroom community. These ideas may not directly relate to differentiation but they will help students get ready for working in a differentiated classroom. By giving learners time to get to know their future collaborative partners and by asking about student preferences, backgrounds, and strengths, educators set the stage for making good decisions about groupings, content, and instruction. To that end, here are a few ideas from Scholastic and a few more from Education World. Finally, these ideas from Science Boom will work especially well for teachers in secondary classrooms.

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