California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Standard Four
4.1 Drawing on and valuing studentsí backgrounds, interests, and developmental needs
4.2 Establishing and articulating goals for student learning
4.3 Developing and sequencing instructional activities and materials for student learning
4.4 Designing short-term and long-term plans to foster student learning
4.5 Modifying instructional plans to adjust for student needs
       In all of my experiences in classrooms, I have yet to find that two students who are the same. Every learner has their own background, interests, and developmental needs, regardless of age or level. It is important to find ways to incorporate the needs of all students in the classroom. This is why SDAIE techniques, awareness of learning modalities and multiple intellegences are so important. My second student teaching placement was in a primary grades multiage classroom, where the need for this kind of planning may seem more obvious. I would argue that all classrooms are just as widely spread in developmental need. 
"Lynne": A discussion of student learning and approaches to learning (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5)  Multiple Intelligences: Some research on MI's and their importance in the classroom(2.5) Kidwatching Notes with planning techniques (4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5)
How can you plan effectively for understanding in math? (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5) Reading Responses of a Different Kind (4.1, 4.2, 4.5)
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