Differentiating with station teaching

Today, I am going to feature one of the very best differentiation tools available to K-12 teachers: learning stations. Our featured post, therefore, is this short article by Michelle McFarland-McDaniels on setting up this model in the classroom.

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Google News Timelines

Today’s Tech Tuesday today is a real gem from Google. The Google News Timeline was selected primarily for social studies teachers, but others may have fun ideas for using it in their classrooms as well. This site posts the key news stories from Google News in a calendar-like format. You can scroll down to see […]

FUN FRIDAY: Swats o’ fun

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 game that (in her experience) is a real winner for students with ADHD and others needing a lot […]

Videos to get kids moving as they learn

Movement and/or active play in the classroom can improve memory, learning, attention span as well as alleviate the symptoms of A.D.H.D. Here are a few fun videos to get your students moving and learning from the blog, Kindergarten Lifestyle. This guest post is full of great resources and ideas for supporting your active learners, but don’t miss […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Terrific tutorials to try

I cannot wait to try today’s idea in the classroom. Student tutorials go into our “why didn’t I think of this” file! Kim Cofino of always learning has a great blog and a wealth of tech-related ideas. You have to check out her post on video student tutorials. Although, Kim shares that this isn’t her […]

If they can’t skip….let them gallop or slide

Today we’d like to share a fun post created by Howie Weiss from Weissice.com. His belief is that all physical education lessons should start with fun, include fitness and social education and help instill a love for life long movement. He gives a few tips on how to include children with disabilities in lessons. For instance, if […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Whiteboard #101

Whiteboards are an essential tool in a diverse, inclusive classroom as they meet the needs of visual learners and provide opportunities for students with motor planning problems to answer questions, solve problems, and explore content without holding a pencil or writing a word. If whiteboards are new in your classroom, have no fear. You can […]

It’s time to (groan) assign a group project

Do your students dread working on group projects? Do you spend too much time trying to figure out who will and won’t work well together?  We found this great visual on Math Teacher Mambo’s blog; it provides a rationale for group work and some gentle encouragement to practice communication and social skills. We think this tool […]

Differentiate with passion projects

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 […]

Differentiating for the introvert

Looking for ways to support your shy or quiet learners? Take a peek at this helpful new posting on the topic over on Edutopia.