The easiest, simplest way I’ve found to differentiate instruction
There's a little secret that most of we as educators are keeping about differentiating instruction. We believe it's a good idea in theory, we try to do it when we can...but we really don't have any workable system for differentiating. No one really knows how it's supposed to be done, and the only ideas we've had…
Essential Elements of Differentiated Instruction. This is an excellent visual aide for teachers. Carol Ann Tomlinson is an expert in differentiation and gifted and talented. I've heard her presentation several times and she never disappoints!
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!
Homeworkopoly! You can learn more about it at teachnet.com. Some things that have worked well: I found these really great business card holders on Amazon this summer. I hot glued them to the bulletin board to hold the game cards. As for the prizes, I keep them pretty simple and inexpensive. Currently, our prizes include: choose a book for the classroom library from the next book order or a homework pass.
When you say fist to five check students rate their understanding by holding up fingers. The goal is for everyone to be in the green. Great way for students to self-assess their understanding & help you to gauge student understanding.
BINGO board. When a kid is doing what he/she is supposed to be doing and I catch him/her, that student then gets to sign his/her name in a box. At the end of the day, I roll a dice for the letter and the number. The student gets a simple reward. - Good Behavior Management!