## Reflection: Advanced Students Smiley Face Number Friends - Section 3: Independent Practice

I made a choice today to provide 2 different experiences for my students. I realize that students may not get every activity that a peer gets, but I find that sometimes you have a group that no longer needs instruction while the rest of the class does. I don't want my students who need something extra to be bored while I teach to the other group, nor do I want my struggling learners to become overwhelmed because I kept going even though they were still confused.

Today was one of those days. I chose to realize that there were diverse needs in the classroom and to take the time to work alone with the struggling learners while the other students applied some partners one ten and one hundred strategies to solving a problem.  My struggling learners needed more practice time with building and combining numbers. They needed me to slow down and help them in a small group before marching ahead.

I used my informal assessments and observation to help we decide which students were ready to work independently, and which students needed that extra practice.

Differentiation

# Smiley Face Number Friends

Unit 6: Everything in Its Place
Lesson 5 of 14

## Big Idea: Students will extend their understanding of partners of 10 to partners of 100.

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### Beth McKenna

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