Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

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Day 4: Stackables

Posted on December 04, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

My co-author, Sheila, suggested adding these after she began seeing them in classrooms a few years ago. She first saw them used to teach geography (city/state/country/continent), but eventually we both saw them used to teach many different concepts.

So what is a “stackable”? Essentially they are manipulatives that can be used to teach relationships between ideas, concepts, or things. They are designed to teach …

Day 3: Visual rubric

Posted on December 03, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

Rubrics have, in general, made it easier for students to become clearer about exactly what they need to do and know to achieve a particular score or grade. Some learners, however, may still be confused by the descriptions featured on a rubric especially if they are struggling readers, just learning English, or just comprehend …

Day 2: Quick quip keychain

Posted on December 02, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

To encourage participation in daily lessons, some of your students may benefit from quick and easy supplements to their primary communication systems. Quick quip key chains are not enough to meet all or even most of a student’s communication needs, but they can work well in environments where students do not have easy access to their other systems (e.g., school bus) or in situations where just a few messages will do

Day 1: Stick puppet theater

Posted on December 01, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

When your books become tattered, don’t throw them away! Instead, cut them up and create a series of stick puppets to use in retellings, dramatic play, and as a tool for creating new narratives.

Puppets make lessons whimsical, bring a bit of levity to the classroom, and provide opportunities for writing, communication, and social interaction. These particular puppets have the added benefit of being really easy to…

12 days of inclusion

Posted on December 01, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

Every year I share some sort of holiday countdown in the form of recommendations or ideas. Last year, my twelve days countdown featured recommended books. The year before, I suggested gifts for educators, families, and students. This year, the launch of “12 Days of Inclusion” comes immediately following the release of my latest book [with my co-author Sheila Danaher], From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 MORE Ways to Differentiate Instruction in the K-12 Inclusive Classroom. Therefore, I am …

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