Happy Holidays!

2015 FI

Hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year! New posts will resume mid-January. See you in 2015!

Turn and talk

Peer Instruction FI

Need to know more about the active and/or interactive classroom? Check out this article and short (two minute) video created by educator Julie Schell. Julie provides a glimpse into a classroom engaged in peer instruction and provides a rationale for its use. For more on this topic, browse some of the other topics and authors on the Turn to Your Neighbor blog. It is probably the best [read more…]

A math debate?

Number Chart FI

Debate the hundred chart. Make picture puzzles. Play arrow games. You will find over 30 ways to use the hundred chart on Let’s Play Math, a blog created by a creative homeschooling mom. These ideas are so much fun and so varied, as well. You are sure to find several to use in a classroom of diverse learners.

Consider using some of these as math stations or putting a few of them [read more…]

Brain break balloons

Balloon FI

So many of the audiences in my workshops love using brain breaks (and so do I). I have shared several posts highlighting different types of breaks, but I have never shared one on brain break displays. Until now! Today’s featured idea from Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input involves housing slips of paper inside balloons. When students need a break, just pop a balloon and [read more…]

Going “bats” for presentations

Bat FI

I recently discovered Mrs. Wideen’s blog and have subsequently spent hours reading her many posts on technology, student-centered instruction, and collaborative learning. One of my favorites was a recent post on moving beyond the worksheet. Click on over to the blog to learn about the presentations her students designed. You will not only see some great examples of [read more…]

Models from maps

3D Contour FI

The Teaching Channel today to share a great active learning lesson on making three-dimensional models. This detailed lesson illustrates how to focus on vocabulary during an activity-based lesson and how to create an experience that focuses on problem solving, collaboration, design and more. This is a complex lesson but so many different types of learners could participate in [read more…]

Take a toe tapping time out

Toe Tap FI

Today’s post is not new. In fact it was posted on the featured blog a few years back, but December’s theme is movement, Energizing Brain Breaks is one of my favorite sources for activities, and this toe tapping game is one of my favorites on the site. If you don’t know a lot about brain breaks, you can also learn [read more…]

Improv as a tool for differentiation

Improv FI

Dr. Katie McKnight is the expert on using improv in the classroom. In this short article on TeachHub, she outlines how you can use it to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of a wide [read more…]

Word wall walks

Word Wall FI

A whole blog about movement in the classroom? I recently discovered Teaching Through Movement, a blog created by a middle level educator and it is fabulous. This site is filled with many specific ideas for reaching diverse learners. You will find tips for integrating exercises, recommendations for materials and suggestions for lesson plans too. The idea I chose to highlight is the [read more…]

29.5 ideas for projects

Buck Institute for Education FI

The Buck Institute for Education has a website that any teacher interested in project-based learning needs to visit. It has ideas for implementation and lesson design and links to helpful resources. I love projects because they are so ideal for diverse classrooms. They involve choice, collaboration, and the integration of a wide range of [read more…]