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1. Francesco, a first grader, has just moved to the U.S. from Italy and does not yet speak English well. His teacher is concerned that he is not doing well in reading and refers him for an evaluation. The psychologist gives him an IQ test and found that he scored below the average range. Why may an IQ test not be an accurate reflection of Francesco's cognitive abilities?

2. Ms. Williamsʹs teaching was observed by her principal while teaching reading to her second graders. The principal remarked in her feedback that Ms. Williams used too much large group instruction during her reading period and needs to provide more differentiated instruction for students in small groups. Ms. Williams is frustrated because she does not have a teacher aide and does not understand how she can provide small group instruction while keeping the other students occupied. What are some ways that Ms. Williams can provide effective small group instruction?

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1. Francesco, a first grader, has just moved to the U.S. from Italy and does not yet speak English well. His teacher is concerned that he is not doing well in reading and refers him for an evaluation. The psychologist gives him an IQ test and found that he scored below the average range. Why may an IQ test not be an accurate reflection of Francesco's cognitive abilities?

Suggested Recommendations:
1. Francesco just relocated to a new country where everything is different; the language, culture, environment, etc.
2. Francesco does not speak English, nor may not understand it.
3. Since he is not reading well, he should be referred to an ESL classroom for evaluation and possible placement.
4. An IQ test may not be accurate because for the language barrier, fears the student may have regarding his new environment, ...

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