differentiation

The amount of learning that came about through giving the students control completely surprised me. I expected the engagement to be fairly high, but the format of the project truly allowed students at all levels to perform, to develop their voice, and to exceed my expectations. The project was student driven, and many of the techniques we used were uncovered just through collaboration, discussion...
I had been reading one of David Levithan's books, The Realm of Possibility, and it seemed like a pretty neat way to have each student create a story that was connected and yet written in different voices. In the book, there is one school, and twenty voices. Each chapter is in a different voice, and you don't really see all of the connections between the characters till you are a few chapters in....
What does it mean to be connected? An interesting question for educators to think about. Another one might be, "How can we show students the power behind community and connected learning?" One way might be to allow students to create a book together that celebrates the connections between people, one that displays beauty, subtlety, and thematic continuity through these connections. If being...
Teaching writing does not have to be this way: Assign a random or irrelevant writing prompt with teacher as sole audience or an unknown audience. Expect impeccable writing skills from every student.  Skip any type of modeling of the type of writing to be done. Students should all know how to write by now.  Provide no rubric, or checklist or give rubrics and checklists students don't understand. ...
As a high school special education teacher, I have often been frustrated with with getting my students to write anything. They seem to avoid it at all costs. Missing work, one word answers, essays two sentences long. Well you get the picture. I knew I needed to do something to get them to write. Ultimately, I was tired of seeing this:                                      Boredstudents....