Differentiated instruction is expected of most classroom teachers these days. Long gone are the times when one worksheet could be given to every member of the class and they would all work on that page until every question was done correctly. Since the pandemic began, the once manageable (pause for laughter here) learning gaps between students have gotten even worse. So what is a teacher to do when there are such vast differences in skill levels during math class? How do you differentiate math lessons?[Read more…] about How to Differentiate Math Lessons
Why Should You Build Makerspaces Immediately?
Makerspaces. They seem to be all the buzz, but the concept that drives them isn’t new. For many years, we’ve been focused on directing every moment of our students’ lives. As parents, the lives of children are scheduled to the point they never have a moment to decide for themselves what to do. As teachers, if our students don’t look like they’re working, we worry that someone will think they aren’t learning. So when did we decide as adults that play is a bad thing?[Read more…] about Why Should You Build Makerspaces Immediately?
How to Teach Successful Long Division Strategies
Long division has long been one of the most challenging concepts for students in Grade 4 and Grade 5 to master. There are a few reasons students struggle with long division, so we’ve tried to break down some of the ways we set our students up for success.[Read more…] about How to Teach Successful Long Division Strategies
Explode Your Teaching With Boom Cards
We have always thought of ourselves as being pretty technically savvy, but when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and teachers all around the world were thrust into teaching from a distance, we realized how little we actually knew.
The first thing we did was going through our library of resources that we have in our store and realized that some of them just don’t translate well into digital resources. Some things are just better in person.
This meant we needed to look at new ways to reach our students. We’ve always used Google Classroom and feel pretty comfortable using it with our students, but it lacks the ability to have students practice skills in a way that can be checked. We love task cards, but with distance learning, they just aren’t the same.
We asked around to see what some of our friends or fellow creators were using and we kept hearing about Boom Learning.[Read more…] about Explode Your Teaching With Boom Cards
Math Worksheet Games Your Students Will Love
We rarely use worksheets because they don’t align with our teaching style. We tend to use a lot of project based learning or inquiry process activities, but every so often we find that our students need a little extra practice with computation in math. That is when we bring out the worksheets.
However, we don’t often just hand them out and expect our students to fill them in. Here are some ways we use a math worksheet in a less than traditional way.[Read more…] about Math Worksheet Games Your Students Will Love
How to Differentiate For Your Students in Less Time
One of the biggest issues teachers talk about is how much time it takes to differentiate their instruction for the needs of the different learners in their complex classrooms. All teachers want to help, reach and teach all their students, but understanding how to do this can be a challenge especially for teachers who are new to teaching, new to a grade level or new to the types of challenges and barriers a student is facing.
Full Disclosure: Differentiated instruction is hard.
And there seems to be some sort of unwritten out there that everyone should be good at it the first time you try.
Gee, no pressure.
Well, what if we could give you some tried and true strategies that have worked for us? We all know differentiation is important, but what does it mean to truly differentiate for everyone?[Read more…] about How to Differentiate For Your Students in Less Time