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?
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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 …
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 …
Posted on December 08, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction
I just love innovative teaching ideas—especially those that may boost comprehension for diverse learners, allow students to move and provide visual supports for those needing them. This idea is fab because it does all three of those things! It comes from a wonderful elementary school teacher in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.
When her students struggled to understand just how big the Mt. Rushmore faces were, she took them outside and positioned them in the …
Posted on November 28, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion
To create your visual, design your written rubric. Then, translate each step of into a visual. This may not be possible for every rubric you create, but it should work well for writing assignments, some projects, foldables or other graphic organizers, and study tools such as notebook entries. For instance, students in a middle school science class could check the …