Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Day 10: Do-it-yourself page turners

Posted on December 10, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

In some instances, differentiation is simply about making simple changes to classroom materials. This is often the case for learners with motor planning problems. These students might require a physical change to the book itself in order to manipulate it and be as independent as possible. This adaptation works well for board books and shorter texts. It can also be used to help students find …

Day 9: Teacher report card

Posted on December 09, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

At its core, differentiation is about knowing your students and what works for each of them. What better way to learn about the needs of your learners than to ask them to rate you and your teaching?

This assessment tool may feel risky to some educators, but it can also be very rewarding. You position yourself to learn about which types of lessons are working well, which assessments students see as useful, and which …

Day 8: Talking frames

Posted on December 08, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

One of the best ways to introduce augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology is to provide opportunities for students with and without disabilities to access it in interesting ways throughout the school day. The talking picture frame is one such tool that all students can access for learning and for a bit of fun.

Typically talking frames are used …

Day 7: “All done” board

Posted on December 07, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

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 …

Day 6: Purposeful puzzles

Posted on December 06, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

Purposeful puzzles are so named because they are a first and foremost a fun activity but they can also be put into classrooms to serve a specific purpose or teach a particular lesson objective.

Puzzles are an especially helpful support for students who might fidget a lot during class or need to be “doing something” when they are listening or participating in a classroom discussion. For example, a student with Down syndrome was sometimes …

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