- Set the standards for quality work high - but within reach.
- DO NOT accept poor quality work if you know a student is capable of
doing better. Students give teachers exactly what they will accept.
- Be reasonable and flexible with the quantity of work you assign.
Adjusting Globetrotter Assignments:
- The program is designed for the materials to be used in grades five
through eight. It is up to you as the teacher to adjust the assignments according to
student ability. Remember the span of abilities between 5th and 8th grades and make
the assignments accordingly.
- Be extra patient with the fifth grade students as they enter this
program. The gap between fourth and fifth grades is extra wide. Having new 5th
graders work in groups or with partners often helps them learn the concepts and
information without feeling overwhelmed. Have them divide the work among the group
members, as equally as possible.
- Literature books, spelling words, and some assignments are sometimes
specified in the Globetrotter program as Level A or Level B. The Level A work is
easier than Level B.
- Shorten the assignments as needed for 5-6th grade students or work
closely with these students to help them be successful.
- Rubrics for projects and assignments are helpful tools for every
level of competence. These rubrics list the criteria for a piece of work and are
also a scoring tool. The students know what is expected of them and it helps them
improve the quality of their work when they follow them.
- Scoring a project is easy when using a rubric. Consider having
each student help you to determine the quality of their own work as often as possible.
- Special needs students always require individualized assignments. Choose to assign
what you feel the student is able to handle.