3 easy classroom ideas

Today, I am going to feature a clip of my own work. This is a video I shot with one of my publishers a few years ago. In it, I demonstrate a few differentiation ideas from my book, From Text Maps to Memory Caps. Take a look to [read more…]

Using choice boards

Have you used tic-tac-toe choice boards in your classroom yet? If you have not yet used this tool as a way to teach to differences, watch this video from Scoodoodle.com. You will not only clearly understand how to use this strategy after watching the clip, but you will also walk away with a few different ideas for using it in a [read more…]

Tips for station differentiation

Hello! I’m back from a long break away and ready to share some new strategies with you. There is only one week left in the month, but I am still going to use a theme for the next five days. My theme is not related to content, but format. This week, I’ll share five short videos filled with quick tips for the differentiated classroom. Today’s selection is short and filled with a handful of easy-to-implement ideas for using centers/learning stations in the [read more…]

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year! New posts will resume mid-January. See you in 2015!

Turn and talk

Need to know more about the active and/or interactive classroom? Check out this article and short (two minute) video created by educator Julie Schell. Julie provides a glimpse into a classroom engaged in peer instruction and provides a rationale for its use. For more on this topic, browse some of the other topics and authors on the Turn to Your Neighbor blog. It is probably the best [read more…]

Brain break balloons

So many of the audiences in my workshops love using brain breaks (and so do I). I have shared several posts highlighting different types of breaks, but I have never shared one on brain break displays. Until now! Today’s featured idea from Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input involves housing slips of paper inside balloons. When students need a break, just pop a balloon and [read more…]

Take a toe tapping time out

Today’s post is not new. In fact it was posted on the featured blog a few years back, but December’s theme is movement, Energizing Brain Breaks is one of my favorite sources for activities, and this toe tapping game is one of my favorites on the site. If you don’t know a lot about brain breaks, you can also learn [read more…]

Improv as a tool for differentiation

Dr. Katie McKnight is the expert on using improv in the classroom. In this short article on TeachHub, she outlines how you can use it to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of a wide [read more…]

Word wall walks

A whole blog about movement in the classroom? I recently discovered Teaching Through Movement, a blog created by a middle level educator and it is fabulous. This site is filled with many specific ideas for reaching diverse learners. You will find tips for integrating exercises, recommendations for materials and suggestions for lesson plans too. The idea I chose to highlight is the [read more…]

29.5 ideas for projects

The Buck Institute for Education has a website that any teacher interested in project-based learning needs to visit. It has ideas for implementation and lesson design and links to helpful resources. I love projects because they are so ideal for diverse classrooms. They involve choice, collaboration, and the integration of a wide range of [read more…]