Yesterday I came home, and here, frustrated at my inability to implement differentiated centers, something I was sure my class needed. I was ready to forget it for a year, but today I decided to try one more time. I changed the groups, pulled my lowest students to a separate group directed group and said a small thanks for three strategic absences.
I retaught the centers a third time and presented limited choices. I worked with the lowest ability students alone and then gave them other activities while the majority of the group developed and grew their skills. I hope my other three will be able to enjoy these centers later, but it just might not happen this year. But for the rest of the class?