I am teaching many 6th graders who are below "grade level". I love the idea of encouraging mastery before progression. Unfortunately, some of my children are operating at a third grade level. Why not change the grade to a level (3rd to Level 3 or blue or artichoke) so that children do not buy into the fallacy that an 11 year old must know 3rd grade level math or be somehow defective?
How can we help?