Build stopping points into class discussions/lectures to elicit a response from students. Have them “turn and talk” to a partner, write a 3-minute response, or act out a new vocabulary word.

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Universal Design Daily: A new book and an offer

Posted on May 27, 2017 in Differentiating Instruction

Need new ideas for motivating your students?
Interested in adding new visuals, video, and models to lessons?
Want to “jazz up” your assessments?
Looking for new tech tools for the classroom?
Seeking new ways to collaborate with colleagues?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out my new book, Universal Design Daily. If …

Apple sweater shuffle

Posted on March 17, 2017 in Collaboration, News

Remember the rap video I created with my co-author, Julie Causton, last year? Really…how could you forget?

Now that I have refreshed your memory, take a look at this video sent to me by a group of Chicago Public School Teachers at Brentano Math & Science Academy. I worked with teachers at Brentano during an inclusive education workshop series this year.

This clip of them dancing in their …

Differentiation Hack: Sticky-note supports

Posted on March 15, 2017 in Differentiating Instruction

You might use a sticky note to mark your page in a book or leave a reminder for a colleague, but these handy little scraps are useful for so much more.

You can jot letters or words on sticky notes and have students compose words and sentences without using a pencil.

You can have students add them to interactive notebooks to highlight …

Answers from the experts

Posted on November 18, 2016 in Inclusion

Having a like-minded community that is engaged and shares information can be a priceless resource.

As a way to promote this concept, I have been posting “questions of the week” on my Facebook page. I was so happy with the response to the question below, I wanted to share it with my website visitors that may not have seen it.

Never assume that other know what you know. Please share your thoughts and ideas whenever you can!

? OF THE WEEK: Parents, what one piece of advice would you give to …

Differentiation Hack: All-about-me alternatives

Posted on August 30, 2016 in Differentiating Instruction

Differentiation Hack is a new series I am starting on the blog. Each hack is a trip or strategy that will help you create supports using a shortcut, repurposed materials, or tools you already have around-the-classroom.

Make sure you give students a few different ways to tell you about themselves. Some learners can easily write a paragraph or talk to the class about their likes, dislikes, interests, needs, and gifts. Others, may feel need a little support to do so. You might want to …

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