Thursday, July 21, 2016

Differentiating in a One Teacher Classroom

In my post yesterday I mentioned that I presented at the I Teach 1st! Conference in Vegas.  One of the things I presented on was how to differentiate in your classroom, specifically how to differentiate in a one teacher classroom.

I picked this topic because I think regardless of how many years we teach this is something that we all typically need a little help with.  The main thing I tried to show were ways to make it easier to work differentiation into your day.  I definitely haven't perfected it, but at the same time I don't stress over it like I did when I first started teaching.

If you are reading this and you are just getting started, the main thing to remember is it is okay to not do it all at once.  Start with just one subject.  Personally, I think it is easiest to differentiate using technology and writing.  The point is get started and remember to do what works for you - that means be flexible and                                           willing to make changes to your plans so that it's                                  easier for you.

All of the photos are linked to different items that I use to help me differentiate in my classroom.  Some of them are linked to packets I've bought and others are linked to free items.  If you were at my presentation on Monday and there is something you would like to find, please email me and I'll do what I can to help you find it.

Also, if you are looking for a few amazing apps/websites to use, I would start with Headsprout, Kids A-Z, and IXL.  Yes, they cost money, so one thing I'd like to suggest is get a trial subscription and see what you think.  Many companies will give you several weeks to a month for free so you can see if it is what you are needing.  All three of these are programs I use on a daily basis with my entire class and I doubt I could live without them.

Hope some of these items help.

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