Put writers in flight with Storybird

Storybird is a unique website bringing artists and writers together. Artists submit collections of their art and authors can use it to create storybooks for themselves or to share with others.

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 […]

FUN FRIDAY: Shiny sight words

I love sensory stuff in the classroom and thought some of you would too. This idea would be great for teaching, but could also be used as a practice game in the home (maybe a project for the long winter break). Fairy Dust Teaching is the site featuring this whimsical idea of making sight word […]


Our first back-to-school tech post comes from Cool Cat Teacher. Her site offers a lot of great food for thought, tips, and information, but it is her tech posts that keep us coming back for more. Today’s idea is a post from back in March but it offers such great inspiration for a teacher just […]

20 ways to adapt the read aloud

In my travels today, I was presenting on literacy and talked a lot about the read aloud. When I got home, I found this great post from Linda Holliman at Stuff So Good You’ll Do the Teacher Dance. She reminds us just how important this structure is for learners who struggle. And as I shared […]

Graphic organizers galore

Would a graphic organizer help your students make sense of a complex issue, scope a problem, or make comparisons between two topics? If so, you can find all of these tools on Explore a Tree; this user-friendly site has tons of diagrams that will help teachers teach and learners learn. Check out the Compare/Contrast Guide […]

Let them highlight their way through cyberspace

Have students who use highlighters to keep engaged as they study, organize information, or remember key ideas? If so, introduce them to awesomehighlighter.com so they can transfer these skills to the reading they do online. With this simple (and fun) tool, students can highlight any text in any color. Once they click “done”, they are […]

FUN FRIDAY: Time for your close up?

Ok, this MAY be the best fun Friday idea EVER! As you know, on Fridays we share some neat teacher-created product or idea- often from a teacher’s website. Today we are featuring the move-making magic of Room 13 in Troy, Michigan. Check out these fantastic before & after images and then download the movie and […]

Inspire your artists and your writers

Apologies for the break yesterday–I had some problems posting but Todd has me up and running again today. Today’s pick works well for any age and has great potential for differentiation. Storybird is a unique website bringing artists and writers together. Artists submit collections of their art and authors can use it to create storybooks […]

Do you teach AAC users?

I know we will be featuring specific posts from this site in the future, but we didn’t want to wait to introduce you to the many resources on Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs. The updates on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) are the best part of this teacher-friendly blog. So many great posts– check […]