Gorgeous sugar skulls

Sugar Skull FI

How about a cool seasonal project on the day before the month ends? These sugar skull art projects are beautiful, offer great opportunities to teach and learn about The Day of the Dead and they require few materials. Teacher/blogger Patty Palmer even includes some ideas about teaching and supporting younger learners or those with fine motor problems. She knows that all students may not be able to draw the skull outline without support so she offers coloring book templates and sits down with individual students who may need help [read more...]

Crack the QR code

QR Code FI

I found another new blog with great ideas for the differentiated classroom. iTeach 1:1 is filled with great tech-related resources including this post on using QR codes in the classroom. What makes this post unique is that the teacher is provides ideas for both using them in the classroom and for teaching students how to integrate the codes into their work products. So learners are not just [read more...]

Death by PowerPoint?

PowerPoint Logo FI

This last week of October, I am still featuring differentiated products that can be used by both teachers and students. I have been searching for a comprehensive post on PowerPoint alternatives for the last few weeks and I finally found one at The Whiteboard Blog. This is not only a recent post but one [read more...]

Comic books in college?

Comic Image FI

We don’t typically feature suggestions from the college level, but we liked this idea (thanks for suggesting it, Kaitlyn) so much that we figured some high school teachers might be interested in how others are using comic books with young adults.

Read about how instructors at several post-secondary institutions are using [read more...]

Propaganda posters and more

Propaganda Poster FI

Seeking new product ideas in your social studies classroom? Try this lesson on propaganda from the Canadian lesson site, CanTeach. Here you will find a step-by-step plan for teacher about propaganda and designing an assignment on the design of propaganda posters.

I love the creative element of this project and the uniqueness of using war posters as a differentiated product, but what really sold me on this lesson was the recommendation (tacked on to the very end of the lesson) to allow students to the choice of creating a [read more...]

Common core character project

Teaching with a Mountain View FI

Today’s post from Teaching with a Mountain View features some great photos of student work. This upper grades elementary teacher shares a foldable that can be used for a character study lesson. Since this product can be used for any novel, all students can use [read more...]

An all-ages painting party

Pumpkin FI

I stumbled onto Art with Mr. E and began to look for posts about differentiation. I intended to browse for five minutes and thirty minutes later I had to snap myself out of a trance and return to writing my own blog posts. There was just so much to explore on this colorful site! I could have picked several ideas to feature, but I was most inspired by this fabulous post about a [read more...]

Using low tech to teach, differentiate and support

Paper Plate FI

When talking to teachers about differentiated products in 2014, options involving technology (e.g., blog posts, animated video clips, Prezi presentations) tend to be at the center of those conversations. Learning about new ways to assess, support, and inspire students is absolutely important, but today’s featured post reminds us that it is also useful to hang on to “the old”. Samantha Decker, a blogger and creative French teacher, reminds us that low tech products like pen pal letters, posters, student-created games, and pencil/paper activities can be used [read more...]

Itty bitty books

Little Book FI

I am a big Sarah Cooley fan! If you don’t know Sarah, she is the hard working blogger and teacher who can be found over on the fabulous early-grades blog, First Grader at Last. I have posted a lot of Sarah’s ideas here in the past, but have not visited lately so I was thrilled to find an idea today that fit perfectly into my October theme of differentiated products: itty bitty books. Click over to Sarah’s blog and you will find this clever little giveaway that can be used immediately in your classroom as a support for [read more...]

Architects in the classroom

Site Plan FI

Edutopia is “to the rescue” once again in providing wonderful resources for a unique product that can be used to teach and assess in the differentiated classroom: an architectural model. Students in Eeva Reeder’s geometry class must develop a site plan, a scale model, floor plans, a perspective drawing, a cost estimate, and a written proposal. This short article provides a detailed description of the architecture project, the many types of assessments used, and the ways in which she encourages [read more...]