Homework that changes lives

With a post title like this one, how can you not be intrigued? I know I was. Read all about it on Abbie Fox’s blog, Love What You Teach. She will describe an innovative homework system that makes differentiation a snap and has the potential to get invested in their work.

FUN FRIDAY: Place value cups

For students who need extra practice learing place values, or who need to understand the concept in a new way, try making these place value foam cups.  Mrs. Shepherd at My Second Grade Journal made her cups by writing the numbers 0-9 on the outer rims.

What’s on the (assessment) menu?

In “From Differentiated Instruction to Differentiated Assessment,” you will find helpful tips on using homework menus and assessment menus as tools for differentiating in the classroom. Douglas B. Reeves writes about how these menus can give your students choice, power, and a sense of competence- the three keys to student engagement.

Differentiating instruction for ELLs

Today, we are sharing strategies from Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian for differentiating instruction for your English language learners. Judie and Debbie offer seven strategies, from cooperative learning and grouping to modifying vocabulary.

Differentiating math homework

Homework woes? Let students access differentiated practice by giving them a set of problems with each item assigned points based on level of difficulty. Then tell them how many points they need to complete to get 100% on homework. Elainaan at The Classy Teacher tried this with her students and had great success both in […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Apps for learners with autism

Free Technology for Teachers is one of the best blogs out there for educators. This week, Richard Byrne blogged about autism apps as featured on 60 minutes. Check out the post and learn more about how iPads can be used to help students learn but also to help teachers differentiate. Since no two learners need […]

A suitcase full of enrichment

I just love today’s traveling suitcase idea snatched from A Fly on the Classroom Wall. It reminds me of going on car trips as a kid with a tote full of activities. The other appealing part of this idea is that it naturally allows the teacher to differentiate.

Free field trips

So many of our students learn more effectively when lessons come off the written page. Field trips are one way to provide this type of learning experience but planning them takes time, resources, and money- things that are often in short supply in our schools.