Differentiation on the playground

Oh, let me count the ways I love this piece from Edutopia on creating a supportive school culture by evaluating recess offerings and supports. Indeed, differentiation should not stop at the schoolhouse door. So many students with disabilities, new students, and so many other learners struggle [Read more…]

IF THEY CAN’T SKIP….LET THEM GALLOP OR SLIDE

This week, I’ll be sharing five ideas related to differentiation in special area subjects. Not only should we be talking more about differentiation in these areas, but we should be learning from our colleagues who teach these subject and collaborating [Read more…]

Graffiti board review

We try to feature (as much as possible) ideas that can be used across content areas so they may be repeated and learned across the school year. The graffiti board review is one such activity.

Mrs. Harris from Adventures of Room 129 uses this activity as an engaging review and as a way to get [Read more…]

Stress the importance of stress relief

I am loving this post on stress relief over at Mr. Health Teacher. It made me think about all of the ways we try to help students learn, manage their behavior, and raise our test scores. One of the most effective ways to do all of these things is [Read more…]

Visual schedules, reminder strips and more

If you have students with autism or other disabilities who need the help of visual supports, you may want to examine the photos and examples over at Do2Learn. Picture schedules and visual directions can help students become more independent, learn unfamiliar tasks, and reduce their anxiety about new routines (e.g., checking a book out from […]

A guide to differentiating

Does effectively teaching 30 students in one classroom require teachers to develop 30 lessons, one tailor-made for each student? Or should teachers “aim for the middle” and hope to reach most students in a given lesson? The answer is not simple, but an article on Education.com examines the characteristics of differentiation and offers suggestions for how teachers […]

Self-regulation a key to success?

Interested in student motivation? Hop over to the Free Spirit Publishing website to read this article by Richard Cash. It is fantastic and will be of interest to anyone invested in differentiation.

Free DI presentation

Wow! What a gift! On Andrew Weaver’s blog, Learning Support Toolbox, you will find a nice set of handouts for teaching colleagues about differentiated instruction. Did I mention it was free? Thanks for this great resource, Andrew!

Circuit training offers something for everyone

The focus of this post from Mr. Robbo the PE Geek is really the use of music in circuit training but I also loved the description of the circuit training itself. The circuit training as it is described could work for so many different students including those with physical disabilities as not all students need […]

Cooperative learning in PE

Loved this post by Lee Garrett on using Kagan’s cooperative learning structures in PE. His use of games like Numbered Heads Together and Round Robin is so unique and will not only help any teacher better assess student learning in PE, but potentially help them think about teaching differently, in general. For more on this, […]