How do you spell ‘Minecraft’?

I love it when I get to show off a new “find” on Differentiation Daily. Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice is one of those new discoveries and the post I am highlighting is a real gem. If you are first grade teacher (or really an educator in any one of the early grades), you will want to see the differentiated spelling/word word strategy recently posted on her site.

After noticing that her learners needed a more personalized approach to word study, Miss DeCarbo designed a bulletin board that reminded students [read more…]

The poetry of Lego

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…]

Bag of nouns

Here is a fun yet simple game from The Inspired Educator Blog (great spot for teachers and learning coaches). The activity is called [read more…]

Help desk, master classes and 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…]

Student-created prompts

Today’s idea is an oldie but a goodie. Larry Ferlazzo’s site is one of the best education blogs out there and he writes about dozens of teaching-and-learning-related topics. A few years ago, he posted this description about using student-created [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…]

Foldables galore

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…]

DI in literature circles

ESL instructor Dara MacKay has some great tips on differentiating using literature circles in this short article I found on the ESL Literacy Network. She provides not only a rationale for use of lit circles, but offers a step-by-step plan for incorporating them into [read more…]

Rainy day word play

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…]

Close the gap

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…]