Soothing music may help students relax and have less anxiety before assessments.

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Off the Page #5: Pick a stick, any stick

Posted on February 28, 2018 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion, News

In any effective and student-centered classroom, the voices of learners should be heard often; they should be asking and answering questions, sharing ideas, and expressing their thoughts. Some students, however, struggle to engage in some or all of these behaviors. They may need models for asking appropriate questions or adding relevant comments. Today’s “Off the Page” selection will provide …

Something new…

Posted on October 05, 2017 in Differentiating Instruction

Today I am debuting my “Off the Page” vlog series. I will be sharing 1-2 videos each month to help you better understand some of the material in my books. Hope you enjoy the content and the format!

Universal Design Daily: A new book and an offer

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?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out my new book, Universal Design Daily. If …

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 …

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.

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 …

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