Is Differentiating Math Instruction Really that Scary?
Differentiation. There I said it. It’s a popular word in education these days. “Are you differentiating to meet the needs of all your learners?” “How are you differentiating for this student?” “Did you differentiate this lesson?” If you’ve been hiding from the differentiation police… then today’s the day that we demystify differentiation. Differentiation is the…
“Miss, is this right?”
If I had a dollar for every time a student asked me “Miss, is this right?”… How do we help to address this need for feedback without running ourselves ragged? I came up with a few different strategies this year but the key was enforcing the. Let’s get into them.
First Day Student Names
Ever know someone who just can’t seem to remember your name? Maybe they call you by the wrong name or maybe they mispronounce your name all the time? Doesn’t feel good, does it? I didn’t want that for the students in my class. It was important, and respectful to get to know their names as…
Flexible Grouping Strategies
I started hearing the term “flexible grouping” a few years ago. It was a new concept for me, since I had been taught to group heterogeneously and pull out as needed. I certainly changed up my groups often and switched from groups of 3 to 4 to 6 to 2 as I thought best fit…
Building Relationships with Parents and Stakeholders
Parents want to be involved. These strategies can help you to harness the power of families by giving them ways to support their students.
Welcome Activities for the New School Year!
Fun, engaging, welcoming and insightful activities for the first day of school! Your planning is done! ✅
As we look forward to a new school year, now is the time to consider classroom rituals and routines. How do you want your classroom to run next year? What should kids do when they get to your class? How do you expect them to hand in work? What should they do when they have…
Creating Videos for your Flipped Classroom
Often, I start by asking myself, “why do the kids need to know to do tomorrow’s work?” and I create the video that gives that instruction. Let’s say, for example, the goal of the next lesson is to be able to multiply binomials. I know what that standard looks like on the test, on the…
Differentiating with Tech Games
Ed tech games can be a powerful way to differentiate your class for both advanced learners and those who need remediation.
Math = Noise
There is a ton of research that shows students learn best in a collaborative environment. Acquiring knowledge is more effective and productive when you can discuss the work in a group of peers. Some may understand the work better than you, so they can explain it to you. Others may not understand as well, so…