Sunday, March 29, 2015

Create Differentiated Objectives Using this Interactive Tool

Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way. ~George Evans

Here is a helpful way to generate differentiated objectives for students. The Differentiator by is an interactive tool with a bank of suggestions to create differentiated learning objectives using: Thinking Skills, Content, Resources, Products, and Groups.
This tool allows you to create objectives by differentiating...
  • Thinking Skills: Use different verbs from Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • Content: Focus on depth, complexity, imperatives (to increase student engagement), or key words. To bring in curricular content, you can click in the [click to edit] and type in curricular content.
  • Resources: Identify whether you want students to use print copies of resources or online resources.
  • Products: Choose products based on students learning styles: visual, construction (hands on), oral, multimedia, or written.
  • Groups: Decide if students will work independently, in partners, in triads, or groups of 4.
This tool can help when trying to ensure there are multiple entry points of learning for students of different readiness levels and different learning styles. The depth of the objective drives for deeper learning. It also is a springboard for a variety of ideas. How might this work with having students take a part in creating the way the learning of the objective will be demonstrated? Once the objective is created, it can be copied into other documents. 

When creating a differentiated lesson for students in any content area this tool might be helpful.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

You Oughta Know March Blog Hop

Spring is in the air. Linking up with Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for the March You Oughta Know Blog Hop.

Looking for a way to engage students?! How about adding anaglyph 3D images into your lessons? Doing a study on planets? Embed some 3D images into the lesson. When you look at the image below, it looks like an ordinary image with some different coloration in spots.

So where is the 3D you ask? How do you make it a 3D experience? Students will need paper 3D glasses. These glasses can be purchased online. You can shop around for reasonable prices. When students view the image above with 3D glasses, Earth "pops" out of the page. So cool!

Where do you find 3D images? You can search the Internet by typing in: anaglyph images and videos. Anaglyph images can only be seen as 3D images if these glasses are worn.

If you create review games for students using PowerPoint, correct answers can be rewarded with 3D images. Pick a theme of images and hook students into reviewing. Students will work really hard to get correct answers in anticipation of the next 3D image that will pop up.
It is exciting! It is engaging! What are some strategies you use to engage students?

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You! Blog Hop

Come join us on the Lucky You! Blog Hop. Happy Friday the 13th! Are you someone that thinks the number 13 is lucky or unlucky? Did you know that paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th? Well, today let's view 13 as lucky!

13 Good Luck Symbols

-a four-leaf clover (Did you ever find one?)
-a lucky horseshoe
-a rabbit's foot
-a penny (See a penny, pick it up and all day long you will have good luck!)
-a wishbone
-a rainbow
-a ladybug
-a "shooting" star
-lucky bamboo
-the number 7
-three keys (Unlocks the door to health, wealth, and love.)
-fuzzy dice 

Which of these symbols do you consider to be lucky?

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This activity is a fun way to review language skills like similes, multiple meaning words, dialogue with quotes, exaggeration, comparisons, and imagery with short writing tasks. A little bit of prep work in creating the cubes is required, but then let the creative juices flow!! Students can complete the tasks in small groups, as independent work at a writing center, or as a whole class activity where students share their ideas!

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