In the article about creating a differentiated lesson plan step-by-step, I shared a lesson plan on landforms that used a cloud-based Jeopardy! game as a pre-assessment tool. I thought I would share a little more about how and why I do that. Jeopardylabs.com First, let me introduce you to Jeopardylabs.com. This site allows you to […]
Differentiating for Gifted Students
Differentiation is the practice of offering students appropriate learning opportunities. That means, they can work at the level most likely to result in actual progress.
For gifted students, it's not more work (what I call "moreferentiation"). Rather, it's appropriate work that creates growth, curiosity, or depth of thinking.
Differentiation is not creating 30 different lesson plans. These articles share many, many ideas for how to differentiate in the real world.
I’m going to share a differentiated lesson plan from start to finish. In the article Begin with the Highest Level Learner in Mind I promised that I would share the process, and here it is. I decided to do a 5th grade lesson on landforms. To be more specific, I decided to create a summative […]
There’s a YouTube cooking channel called Chowhound that has a series called “You’re Doing it All Wrong.” They take fundamentals of cooking (mashed potatoes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, etc.) and show how you’re making them the wrong way. Of course, they show you the right way and then you, too, can make creamy mashed […]
Need Some Differentiation Advice? Have you ever wanted some differentiation advice from real, live teachers in real, live classrooms? How can teachers who are comfortable with a differentiated classroom support and encourage teachers who are new to differentiation or struggling with differentiation? I’ve got answers! I recently had the wonderful opportunity to work with a […]
Interested in a great new reading strategy for your classroom? I’m excited to share this new twist on an ancient reading strategy with you, and I can’t wait to hear how it goes in your classroom! First, the backstory. Books & Podcasts I love books, and I love podcasts. When I find podcasts about books, […]
Explaining differentiation to parents can be tricky. As a society, we value fairness above almost all things, and a differentiated classroom can look unfair from the outside if the definition of fairness is “sameness.” One important step teachers should take in the beginning of the year is to share their differentiation philosophy and practice in […]