So today I am featuring an idea that is brand-spanking new and it is nothing short of fabulous. After reading my short description, you are going to want to hop over to Ed-U-Like to read all about one teacher’s idea for using Lego to teach about poetry. Specifically, she is using Lego to teach about a poem’s structure. I am crazy about this idea. Not only would Lego-loving students love it, but visual learners (I am thinking in particular of many of my former students on the autism spectrum) may find that the light bulb finally goes off when [read more…]
I recently discovered an idea-packed essay on differentiation techniques written by educator Emma Davies and could not wait to share it here. Most articles on DI offer ideas that those of us in the field have seen and read many times before (e.g., tiering, cubing, station teaching). These ideas may be on-target and useful, but they may not always be fresh and new. Davies caught my attention because several of her suggestions were a bit different. So, if you are someone who reads a lot on this topic and want a few new tips, click on over and check out her “6 Steps to Differentiated Instruction”.
My favorite idea is the use of a [read more…]
Stuart is a writer, teacher, and provider of professional development and his blog is filled with great content and detailed posts that go beyond description and read like tutorials. This one on close readings will help any educator pick up new annotation-related skills and ideas including those that will support diverse [read more…]
You are going to LOVE today’s featured post on ELA foldables for the differentiated classroom! There are so many ideas offered by the clever educators over at Upper Grade Memoirs. You will find ideas for teaching cause and effect, biographies, literary elements and more.
Foldables are so useful for teachers supporting diverse groups of students as they provide all students with a [read more…]
You all know how much I love active learning, especially in the early grades. Therefore, I was delighted to see this post about building a “word hop” in the hallway for kindergartners. Teacher Marsha illustrates not only how to create your own hop, but gives advice on which materials to purchase. She also shows examples of the words she uses in her [read more…]
I am back from a long spring vacation and ready to give you a little boost to get you through the rest of the school year. My May ideas are going to be focused on literacy and I am going to kick off the series with this short and to-the-point post from two professors with expertise on the topic of teaching to diverse learners. The piece can be found on [read more…]