Use pre-printed mailing labels as an adaptation for learners who have writing or communication difficulties. Print out vocabulary words, math phrases and simple diagrams for students to use during daily work.

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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.

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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 let students work in partners before they share with the entire class or you could let them choose how to introduce themselves (e.g., with a drawing, with a poem).

All bbout me bag

One method that is accessible for all students is to give them a paper bag or shoe box to fill with items that tell their story. While all-about-me bags may seem like a strategy that works best for young children, it can also be a powerful way to get to know students in middle school and high school. If you want to take a shortcut or “hack” and finish your gathering and sharing in a single day, challenge students to fill just a small paper cup and to gather items only from their pockets, desks, binders and lockers.

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