FUN FRIDAY: Golfing in math? Go figure!

I have been saving this one for a few months and could not wait to post as the first “Fun Friday” of the school year. Over at The Avery Bunch, a blog by a clever middle school teacher, I found this fantastic math review project involving geometry, golf, and a bit of collaboration. Students created mini-golf holes using knowledge they had gained about perimeter, area, angles, mean, median, and mode.

They used this in the planning, construction, and playing of the course. To make the lesson even more memorable, Mr. Avery and his students invited…

End of day dismissal checklist

Over at Teachers Notebook, you will find this great checklist to help your students become more independent at the end of the day. The best news, however, is the price: FREE! Thanks to this generous elementary school teacher, you can download this visual support and create this exact dismissal chart for your room. All learners will […]

Science notebooking rubric

Are you using notebooking this year to differentiate instruction and let student’s have more control over how they learn and remember content? If so, you may be interested int his rubric over at Teachers Notebook; it is designed for science notebooks and, depending on the content and level you teach, you may have an assessment […]

Finding time to individualize

Today we are featuring a great tip from the idea-filled website First Grade Frenzy. This teacher uses a cute visual to hold questions and bookmark time in the future with the student in need. When learners need help or want her attention, she asks the kids to go over to the “Later Gator” board, write their […]

Take your spot in line

We love visual supports here at Differentiation Daily, so we knew we had to feature Miss J at “Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories”. She shared an easy and effective way to help students who are having difficulty lining up. Simply give each student  a number that corresponds with a number on the floor. Ask them to […]

FUN FRIDAY: Line up tunes

I really do try to give attention to as many blogs as possible throughout the year, but some sites keep me coming back again and again for their great ideas. This is not the first time I have visited First Grader…at Last! and it won’t be the last because Sarah Cooley’s ideas are just too […]

Differentiation from the moment they enter

How do you informally assess learners? Miss. Roeckle (over at Cheryl’s Classroom Tips) sometimes asks students to complete an entrance slip math problem to see if they understand the previous day’s lesson. For instance, before teaching multiplication, she gave all of her students the addition/subtraction money problem below. Then she introduced a new math game […]

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 […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: On to Edmodo

Are you using Wiki and thinking of switching to Edmodo?  We found this great article from the blog Digital Writing, Digital Teaching on why one educator, Troy Hicks, is making the switch from a classroom Wiki to Edmodo. If you are looking for ways to increase classroom engagement, you might check out Troy’s comments and his […]

A fun alternative to the desk

Do your students struggle to stay seated? A great differentiated classroom will have not only great variety in teaching materials, strategies, and formats, but in the environment itself. To meet the needs of diverse learners, try offering changes in lighting like using lamp lighting or natural lighting at times.