Differentiating writing for students on the spectrum


I am always searching for ideas for differentiating for learners with communication, social, and learning needs. This article on differentiating writing instruction for learners with autism is one such resource I have accessed on more than one occasion. This article by Karen Berlin is one of many great articles on supporting diverse learners that can be found [Read more...]


Sparknotes FI

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.

Enjoy Your Break!

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Hope you are taking a well-deserved break right about now. I am taking some time off as well both to relax and to find some great new ideas for all of you. I’ll be back in two weeks and will be finish out April by featuring two weeks of ideas on differentiating for students with […]

A stations teaching lesson on fractions

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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.

The featured plan is a lesson on fractions but you could adapt the activities to teach just about any math concept. You have to [Read more...]

Got any good GOSSIP about the Berlin blockade?

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Looking for a new active learning technique that will work for students in middle and high school? Try the GOSSIP game described in this student teacher’s post about an engaging social studies lesson on WWII and the Berlin blockade.

I love this sort of lesson as it honors so many different learning styles and preferences. Social students will love the chatting pieces, those needing movement get a bit of it, and those who can’t get enough of the Common Core get to do some [Read more...]

Wearing your bones on your sleeve

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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.

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Roll A FI

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...]

Marching across the solar system

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Want a clever way to help your students visualize the solar system? Check out Mrs. Wills Kindergarten Blog. She created a fabulous scaled model of the solar system in her school’s hallway. We think this map would be helpful to [Read more...]

An English classroom for active learners

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Today’s featured post comes from the high school English classroom. Dr. Pezz, a secondary education teacher, over at The Doc Is In shares an outstanding active learning lesson in this post focused on changing activities every 15 minutes. The lesson would clearly appeal to those with [Read more...]

Hiding and seeking and mapping it out

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When Jill at Marvelous Multiagers was presented with the challenge of teaching the compass rose to her students, she decided to come up with a collaborative and interactive way for all students to participate in the learning process. This teacher had one student leave the room while another student hid a stuffed animal somewhere in the classroom. When the student returned, the class gave him/her [Read more...]