How to Use a Curriculum Ladder – For the Teachers

Ladder1. Print the ladder

2. Write the names of your students in the boxes on the left side of the ladder, based on each student’s RIT score and/or based on classroom performance and teacher observation. The RIT score represents a student’s Instructional Level; these are skills the student should be working on right now.

3. Plan instruction for groups of students. If students fall across four or more rungs on the ladder, consider combining students into no more than three groups to make instruction more manageable.

4. Once you know each student’s place on the ladder and how you might group them, you may want to differentiate using flexible grouping, tiered assignments or other methods so that each student is working at their appropriate level.

Consider using the Lesson Planning Pages to help connect the DesCartes statements and Common Core State Standards to your instuctional planning.

The ladders may also be effective for guiding students in goal-setting and to help aides and parents see the direction a student is heading with a particular skill, to see what comes next.







Ready to use a ladder? New Primary Ladders were added today: Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling

Also: Reading Curriculum Ladders, Math Curriculum Ladders, Language Usage Curriculum Ladders

How to Use a Curriculum Ladder
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