If you have students in middle and high school who regularly show up without supplies, consider letting them keep a second set of materials in the classroom.

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Idea # 29: Bring a chapter to life

Posted on April 29, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel.

We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo & Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for…

Idea #4: Create creative crayons

Posted on April 04, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

Many young learners need alternative materials for coloring and writing. You can certainly purchase crayons in other shapes (my very favorite are these irresistible and brightly colored crayon rocks that come in a dandy red velvet bag), but you can also make your very own for home or the classroom.

There are many tutorials on the web to make your own, but the basic…

Idea #3: Teach collaborative art

Posted on April 03, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

One adaptation that inspires both creativity and peer connection is collaborative artwork. Murals, quilts, and large-scale paintings can all be done collaboratively, but so can smaller pieces. As an on-the-spot adaptation, this preschool teacher had her students pass their pictures around the table and asked each child to add something new to each picture.

One student with autism could not draw with markers or crayons, but she…

Idea #2: See the math

Posted on April 02, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

So many of the students I meet are visual learners and profit from teaching tools that can both “show and tell”. In From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we share ideas for teaching measurement, estimation, quantity, and distances using visuals. One of these ideas is to use tape to illustrate the length of common measurement like a yard.

Right next to this measurement you can add (using a different color of tape) a length of tape to represent a meter. This can be left on the floor for an entire…

Idea #1: Make a match

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

The first few ideas of the month are inspired by From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks.

This book features 100 ideas for differentiating instruction using teaching materials. This text specifically highlights how to…

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