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: 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 key concepts and ideas.

You can create a reminder for a learner needing cues about how to solve a problem or cope with a challenge.

You can give them to individual students to mark, annotate, or react to assigned readings.

You can also use a sticky note to design appealing visuals and graphic organizers.

You can even design an appealing display to build community in the classroom and encourage the development of social skills (e.g., giving compliments).

Sticky notes can also be used:

  • as exit slips or response “cards”
  • as part of a mind map
  • to add a word bank to a worksheet
  • to signal understanding to the teacher (e.g., green sticky on desk for “I understand” and red sticky for “I still have questions”)
  • to share brainstorming ideas on a poster or dry erase board
  • to scribble an impromptu reading reflection; or
  • to communicate different directions/cues/assignments to different students in the classroom

There are just too many possibilities to list them all and don’t even get me started on the many uses for notes with interesting shapes like apples, letters, circles, and arrows . Use these products to make a lesson unique or to create a memorable visual support for a student.

Want more ideas for differentiating instruction and for adapting, creating, and designing learning materials for students with unique learning profiles? Check out my books with Sheila Danaher on the topic, From Text Maps to Memory Caps and From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks.

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