Differentiation Strategies

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The Second Grade Superkids: Differentiation Across the Subject Areas

Differentiation Across the Subject Areas

We had another class Monday night with our new dual/ELL staff members, and this time we focused on differentiation and what that may look like across the subject areas. As we have done in the past, we had the teachers participate in a gallery walk and thus rotate around with their groups to add to a series of posters focused on this topic of differentiation. Yet again, our wonderful staff did not disappoint and came up with a wide assortment of ideas as to how instruction can be…

teaching should be thought of as "providing experience, provoking reflection."

A Taxonomy of Reflection: Critical Thinking For Students, Teachers, and Principals (Part 1)

Part I of IV. In an effort to help schools become more reflective learning environments, I’ve developed this “Taxonomy of Reflection.” – modeled on Bloom’s approach. I…

Corkboard Connections: Easy Differentiation with Colored Folders - Terrific guest post by Kelly Witt with three easy ways to differentiate instruction

Easy Differentiation with Colored Folders

Differentiation is the buzzword that just keeps on buzzing! Teachers, administrators, and evaluation systems are placing more and more emphasis on differentiation in the classroom. Sometimes, the thought of organizing lessons to meet the individual needs of all of your students can feel like an overwhelming challenge. One of the best and simplest ways I have found to do this is with colored pocket folders.

Cut a file folder into strips. The shorter the attention span, the smaller you will cut the strips. I cut this one into 3 parts. Students open 1 flap at a time and always begin at the top and work their way down. Students complete the work that they can see when a flap is open.

Small Bites and Movement

A few weeks ago, I shared a lesson from my friend, Sandy called, N.O.W. (News of the Week). Click HERE to read more about that lesson. (click on picture) One of the problems with this lesson is it can be overwhelming for students who either aren't on grade level or students who have trouble with focusing. So, the lesson was modified. (click on picture) One way to help students focus better, is to make this flap book: Cut a file folder into strips. The shorter the attention span, the smaller…

Here's a snapshot of differentiation—in terms of what it is and is not.

The Differentiated Classroom, 2nd Edition by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Expert Groups: A Cooperative Learning Strategy {Post 1 of 5}

Expert Groups: A Cooperative Learning Strategy {Post 1 of 5} • Teacher Thrive

One of the most important elements of teaching is providing students with plenty of opportunities to actively engage in learning with their peers. I have decided to start a five-part series of posts that will outline my favorite cooperative learning strategies that I have used in my classroom. I will begin with “Expert Groups,” a strategy that […]

TEACHERS!!! You have to check out this website. Listed there are three different websites that offer differentiated instruction helpers (choice boards/menus) with information on how to create your own!

Differentiated Instruction - Choice Boards

Last summer I attended a GT training and was introduced to choice boards! I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! I think that students are more engaged and even challenge themselves more when they are given choices. The great thing is....they aren't just for GT students. Choice boards work similar to tic-tac-toe; the student completes 3 activities in a row {up, down, diagonal} They can be adapted for ALL students and actually lend themselves well to differentiated instruction. On Tuesday, I will be attending…

Free Resource! What is an effective way to get your students thinking at a deeper level? Let me share what works well for my students on a blog post at Minds in Bloom! After you read the post and you think it will fit well with your class, there will be a link to download it for free! ROCKIN RESOURCES

How to Encourage High-Level Thinking

Free Resource! What is an effective way to get your students thinking at a deeper level? Let me share what works well for my students on a blog post at Minds in Bloom! After you read the post and you think it will fit well with your class, there will be a link to download it for free! ROCKIN RESOURCES

How To Differentiate For Your High Achievers - Ideas for easily differentiating instruction for stronger students.

How To Differentiate For Your High Achievers

How To Differentiate For Your High Achievers - Ideas for easily differentiating instruction for stronger students.

Differentiated Instruction - Choice Boards...might be nice to keep something like this handy in the classroom to be more constantly cognizant of differentiating instruction

Differentiated Instruction - Choice Boards. Very cool!

Differentiated Instruction - Choice Boards. Very cool! by rolltidegirl on Indulgy.com

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

Our Three Video Series On Differentiation, Including Two NEW Ones! My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would str…

10 Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction #differentiation #classroommanagement #specialeducationstrategies #IEPcompiance #questioningstrategies #teachlikeachampion

10 Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction

Please welcome Lauren Poinier to the blog today! She's sharing with us her questioning strategies for differentiating instruction and reaching all learners in the classroom. She understands the challenge of meeting the needs of all learners and wants to help all teachers make their instruction accessible! Differentiating to meet the needs of struggling learners and Special Education mandates can seem like an impossible task

This is an example of a choice board that I have displayed in my class. Each subject is color coded so that students can easily locate what they want to do.

Choice Board - Teaching With Simplicity

This is an example of a choice board that I have displayed in my class. Each subject is color coded so that students can easily locate what they want to do.

Tips for groups your students using technology.

Tips for Grouping Your Students

How many times have your seen snarls or looks of disappointment on your students' faces when you put them into groups for cooperative activities? It never fails, they want to be with their buddy. It's even worse when you have a King or Queen Bee. Does your class suffer from Queen/King Bee Syndrome? The Queen Bee or King Bee is the most popular student in the class. Everyone wants to be his or her buddy. While it is nice that this student is well-liked, it can cause trouble with the overall…

Easy Crescent Cheesecake Bars

Easy Crescent Cheesecake Bars

If you have never tried a crescent roll recipe then this is the place to begin. These cheesecake bars will surpass your expectations...trust me! You'll Need: 8x8 Pan Nonstick Foil Ingredients 1 roll Pillsbury crescent rolls 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar splash of vanilla 2 Tablespoons melted butter 3-4 Tablespoons sugar for sprinkling Cherry pie filling, optional for topping Instructions Line an 8x8 pan with nonstick foil. Preheat oven 350. Unroll the crescents and press half…