4 Ways to Differentiate Lessons in Inclusion Classrooms

In the midst of a lesson, an inclusion teacher (or co-teacher) is often considering two different needs for each of their students: (1) the strategies to implement so that each student reaches their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, and (2) the accommodations to provide so that each student accesses and comprehends the current lesson. Inclusion teachers must use a variety of approaches in order for their students to successfully achieve their individualized goals and master the daily lesson objectives. Here are 4 approaches to add to your repertoire.

3 Tips for Teachers on Organization & Time Management

The teacher’s to-do list is never-ending; thus, using organization systems and time management strategies is a necessity. Over the years I have purchased so many planners, clipboards, and notepads that I wish I would have purchased stock in Office Depot. Ultimately, I have realized that it works best when I create my own templates and use those throughout a school year. So, here are three tips, with downloadable resources, for staying organized and managing your time well.

Team Building with Your Students

Regardless of age, if you put a group of individuals in the same space, where some know each other and some don’t, where some are from the area and some aren’t, and where some feel overly confident and some feel insecure, inevitably conflict will arise. We’ve seen this play out on 38 seasons of Survivor (can you believe that?!) and in classics such as Lord of the Flies. We also see this play out everyday in classrooms and schools with students, staff, family, and community members.

Edcite Expert Adrienne Winders

Adrienne Winders is a teacher at Millersport Elementary School in Ohio. She teaches 5th and 6th grade social studies and 6th grade English language arts. Adrienne graduated from Muskingum University in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of New England in 2009. She and her team uses our Edcite Schools platform for assessments, and she has several years of experience using Edcite.

Who is doing the work: students or teacher?

If you have ever had the opportunity to watch Ella Bess Marshall teach children or lead a coaching meeting with an adult, you know about 2 minutes in that you are in the presence of greatness (aka: a truly talented teacher). Ella Bess began teaching in 2006 and since that time has taught upper elementary and middle school math and coached 4th-8th grade math. In 2010, she was on the founding team at Henderson Collegiate and is there currently serving as an instructional coach and grade level chair coach. If you happen to find yourself in Henderson, North Carolina, go check her out. You will leave a better educator.

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