Social studies for all

Social Studies DI FI

Kasha Mastrodomenico is a master of differentiation, so if you are a social studies teacher you do not want to miss her blog post on differentiating from her blog, Social Studies Differentiated Instruction. You will find so many great ideas here including using familiar songs to teach new content (e.g., learn about the Incas by singing to the tune of a lullaby), creating accessible handouts and Power Point presentations, and integrating the multiple intelligences theory. If you are not [Read more...]

Writing checklists for one, some, or all

Writing FI

Today’s idea is a post I created on my professional blog, PaulaKluth.com, for Autism Awareness Month last year. I initially used this writing checklist idea for a few students on the spectrum, but you could use this tool with all of your learners. They may be especially useful for those of you switching over to standards-based grading.

The checklists can be used to help students become more independent and to help them focus [Read more...]

What’s on the menu?

Teaching Channel FI

The Teaching Channel is a resource that every teacher should know about as their collection of short videos can provide support with many different teaching topics including supporting diverse learners, collaboration, and differentiating instruction. Since I am featuring supports for students with disabilities, this month, I wanted to share this video on using learning menus as it is such an efficient and effective way to meet the needs of students with different needs and abilities. Menus can provide [Read more...]

Quick DI tips for math learners

Math FI

Don’t you just love differentiation tips that are quick, easy, and thoughtful at the same time? Check out this post on Teaching to Inspire in 5th for a nice visual (and explanation) featuring a [Read more...]

Dozens of “artful” DI ideas

Paint FI

I could not have said it better myself! Amy, a Georgia-based art teacher, has written a post that should be shared widely with K-12 art teachers. She highlights dozens of ideas for making classrooms work for students with a range of needs, abilities, and [Read more...]

VIRTUAL MANIPULATIVES FOR K-12 MATH

Manipulative FI

Today’s selection, The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, is an NSF supported project that began a decade ago to develop a library of interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The tools will not only help those who think in pictures but will also be a novel way for learners to check their work and create concrete models of abstract concepts.

Beware of the spinner with graph tool in the probability section. Once I started [Read more...]

DIFFERENTIATE WITH PASSION PROJECTS

Passion FI

Project-based instruction is one or the best ways to address diverse learning objectives in a classroom. Projects allow us to provide enrichment as we provide feedback and direction, we can help students practice IEP objectives such as reading, writing, or communication skills, and we get to see students work “outside the box” of seat work and class discussions. The featured post on Stump the Teacher, however, is not just another look at project-based instruction. This version asks students to take on ongoing “passion projects”; learners get to explore topics of choice in depth and they get to do it for long periods of time. I cannot imagine the long term benefits of this type of learning, but it is clear that it would be both [Read more...]

SWATS O’ FUN

Memorize FI

As summer has turned to fall, you may be looking for uses for those classroom fly swatters. Well, Dr. Branstetter is here to help! Over at Notes from the School Psychologist, she is featuring rules for a memorization game that (in her experience) is a real winner for students with ADHD and others needing a lot of movement throughout the day. The game can be used with any grade level. She talks about it as a math activity, but this can be easily adapted for any subject with a little creativity.

If you have students who simply cannot compete with others due to lack of knowledge, be sure to [Read more...]

Differentiating writing for students on the spectrum

TTAC FI

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...]

SPARK THEIR INTEREST IN LITERATURE

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.