A taxing lesson

Looking for ideas for memorable learning? Try a simulation. Have students experience an arrival at Ellis Island, an argument before the Supreme Court or unfair taxation. Want to learn more about these active, engaging and content-rich lesson formats? Check out this interview with Max Fischer on Education World. Fischer is a simulation [read more…]

Get your GoNoodle on

Since this month’s theme is movement, I have to share a post from GoNoodle. If you have not yet used this tool in your classroom, you need to check it out immediately!

In a nutshell, GoNoodle is a free resource that help kids be more focused, energized and productive. The site is filled with short videos that prompt students to move, dance or pantomime. These videos can be used to reinforce key concepts, boost engagement and attention, and support learners who struggle when [read more…]

Give me a break

Oh how we love the brain break activity sticks featured on Keep Calm and Teach On! Students of all ages need to move, talk, share, and interact throughout the day and these fun ideas are not only appropriate for learners of many different ages but are easy to implement even when you only have a minute to [read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving

I am taking a short break this week, and want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! Posts will resume on Monday, December 1.

What’s your point (of view)?

I am over at Teaching with a Mountain View again today as I cannot get enough of Mary’s superb lessons. The post I am highlighting is one on teaching point of view and it includes so many ideas for interactive lessons. Check out her anchor chart (great support for visual learners), her student-created posters (perfect for pairs or small groups), her picture-book exercise, her Toy Story [read more…]

Getting started with portfolios

Have you used student or subject-area portfolios to assess learners and help them catalog their own learning? If not, you might consider experimenting with them this year as they are rich with opportunities for differentiation. Portfolios can require some up-front planning; they are sometimes challenging to store and manage and need to be reviewed regularly. On the upside, they allow to [read more…]

Fun and games

This month my focus for the blog is differentiated products, so I have been having a lot of fun browsing sites for both teacher-created and student-created learning materials. Today’s find over at The MathSmith was one of my favorite finds for this topic because I love playing board games and I am a huge fan of using them in the classroom. Check out this [read more…]

Get on a RAFT

Today, I am on Anne Beninghof’s Ideas for Educators site to share a really great snapshot of the RAFT strategy. RAFT is a popular approach to providing students with differentiated assignments. RAFT stands for Role, Audience, Format and Topic. The teacher determines a topic (e.g., defend participation in a food chain) and then uses RAFT to provide students with ideas for creatively demonstrating their understanding of [read more…]

Differentiating products and more

John McCarthy, an education consultant and advocate, posted a short but very useful article on differentiation on Edutopia this summer. This piece will help readers new to DI better understand how to provide a range of options in product, process, and [read more…]

Differentiating Morning Meeting

In this post from The Responsive Classroom, Carol Davis provides several ideas for making Morning Meeting more accessible for a diverse group of learners. She recommends, for instance, that teachers take time to teach the structure before jumping right into using it. She also suggests teaching routines to ensure that the structure is not too overwhelming for young students. Both of these ideas are sure to help students who struggle with [read more…]