Many teachers know about Spark Notes but may not have considered it as a tool for differentiating instruction. The free notes on this site can not only help struggling readers better understand assigned literature, but can also make adapting text, assessments, and related materials much easier for both special and general educators. Further, this site can be used by parents who want to assist with homework but don’t have the background or information to do so.
Many teachers tell me they are interested in using stations, but they are not sure how to start. The MIDDLE Teacher blog has come to your rescue if you are one of those seeking quick and easy plans to use as you learn about this active and easy-to-differentiate lesson format.
You will love this idea from Homeschool Share if you have a lot of visual or tactile learners in the classroom. To teach or reinforce a lesson on the systems of the human body, work with students to create these colorful and visually-interesting wearables.
When I first saw these cleverly constructed paper bag outfits, I began thinking about the possibilities for learning as students created their paper bags. By assembling the bags, students will have opportunities to review the placement of organs and bones and possibly even the connections between systems. As I spent more time looking at the post, I also realized that students can also profit from wearing their creations and spending time exploring the creations of their classmates. That is, one student’s wearable becomes a visual support for other students in the classroom! This project would be really helpful for tactile learners and those with low vision. Because it is a “show” instead of “tell” project, it would also be helpful for students learning English.
There are tons of ideas like this one out on Pinterest. Each game features a different artist and style. This one from Mrs. Humpal’s Art Room teaches about Picasso. By simply rolling the dice, students get to create their own masterpiece in a matter of minutes. There are so many neat things about this lesson. For one, it allows students to literally see elements of a style of art “broken down into smaller parts” to observe. Another thing I like about it, is that it allows [Read more...]
If you have read Differentiation Daily at all in the last year or two, you know I love using stations to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. I especially love seeing stations in classrooms where we don’t often see them….like in the music teacher’s lesson plans. For this reason, I had to feature Mrs. King Music Class for the idea about [Read more...]