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Flashback Friday: “All done” board

Posted on March 21, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

There are so many benefits of having a differentiated classroom, but a challenge that may exist is managing the time and activities of your students. This is difficult in any classroom, but in the differentiated classroom where students may be using different materials, participating in different ways, and addressing different goals, the task may be even more onerous.

So, what is a teacher to do (especially one concerned about using every available minute of class time to teach and reach students)? Consider creating an “all done” choice board that incorporates the multiple intelligences, features different subject areas, and can easily be …

Flashback Friday: Create an agenda

Posted on February 14, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

This idea was inspired by the content in You’re Welcome, a book on inclusive practices that I wrote with Patrick Schwarz a few years back. This title is actually three mini-books sold as a packet that features content on differentiated instruction, collaboration, and positive behavior supports.

Tools like learning agendas provide great opportunities for …

Flashback Friday: Try “first/then” boards

Posted on January 31, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

In this video illustrating one of the 100 ideas in my book, “From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks”, my co-author Sheila Danaher and I share an idea for helping students manage the school day and keep motivation high.

Flashback Friday: Differentiate your Reader’s Theater

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

One of the best ways to help a child read more fluently is to engage them in repeated readings of the same text. The problem, of course, is that this task can be dull for some students and can make a reluctant reader even more disinterested in literacy lessons.

For this reason, many teachers in K-12 inclusive classrooms use …

Another look at the new book

Posted on January 06, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

If you liked the ideas I shared from my new book in December, you might want to view or share this video created by my publisher, Paul H. Brookes. In this short clip, I talk about three favorite ideas from From Text Maps to Memory Caps and explain how they might be used in classrooms.

A few ideas for using the clip include sharing it to start a staff meeting (and to begin a conversation about differentiation ideas); featuring it at your next …

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