Is Differentiation Possible?

One of the teachers I follow on Facebook shared this article about how differentiation doesn’t work.  It bothered me.  Being a resource teacher, differentiation is a big deal.  It is my job!  I take the general education curriculum and differnatie it for my students.  This article is basically saying that it’s impossible to teach different Read more about Is Differentiation Possible?[…]

Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education

When I started college I felt confident in my decision to become an elementary teacher. There were the obvious signs of pretending to be a teacher to my siblings when I was growing up and being so inspired by my own teachers.  I remember my 3rd grade teacher giving me a hug almost every morning Read more about Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education[…]

Getting Students To Care About Learning

I am currently working with a student that I have a difficult time understanding.  He always appears to be focused and working but doesn’t actually complete any work.  I started to meet with him to try and figure out why he wasn’t completing work.  He concluded that it depends on how hard the assignments are Read more about Getting Students To Care About Learning[…]

A Note About Graphic Organizers

I remember sitting in a college class looking over and discussing all the uses of graphic organizers.  They seemed like the best solution for students who had difficulty organizing information.  Actually, they seemed like a great tool for any student!   I also remember handing out a graphic organizer to students and half of them Read more about A Note About Graphic Organizers[…]

Whole Class Winter Activities

This time of the year in the classroom is hard.  Students are wanting to be on break and it feels like more of your time is spent managing behavior than teaching meaningful content.  And let’s be honest, teachers are trying their best to keep their attention on school instead of the countdown to break.  Anybody Read more about Whole Class Winter Activities[…]

For The Love Of Reading

Parents and teachers, I’m worried about the reading that is happening in our homes and in our classrooms.  I’m worried that the reading we are doing is teaching children that reading is a chore and not something to love!   The reason this worries me is that reading is the foundation of education.  How can Read more about For The Love Of Reading[…]

Life Skills In General Education

How do we teach life skills in General Education? Somewhere along the way I came to the conclusion that if I tell a student something, they should be able to do it.  Yet I don’t expect them to understand long division after quickly explaining it to them once.  That is unfair and terrible teaching!  Why Read more about Life Skills In General Education[…]

How To Start Differentiating

Differentiation in the classroom is tricky.  Once you get thinking about differentiation it can feel like there is no end.  How much do I individualize every lesson and activity?  How is it possible to have enough time to plan for differentiation?  There are so many needs in my classroom that it feels impossible to even Read more about How To Start Differentiating[…]

Plan For Differentiation (and save time)

Differentiation can feel like the most time consuming part of planning.  It is much easier to plan one whole class lesson and expect everyone to learn versus planning small groups, changing materials, and so on.  Here is one way to take some of the time out of differentiation and make your teaching even more effective! Read more about Plan For Differentiation (and save time)[…]

Student Goal Setting

How do we have students take ownership of their learning?  How do we get students to be more engaged learners?  How do we help them realize their progress, or lack thereof?   Student Goal Setting When I first heard about student’s setting their own goals, I was skeptical.  Initially, it just felt like one more Read more about Student Goal Setting[…]