Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 5

Oh my goodness! How excited was I to finish chapter four in Differentiation in Practice, flip the page, and discover chapter five was another math unit?! It’s hard to tell when someone is being sarcastic on the Internet, so let me tell you I am being absolutely sincere.

As I mentioned in chapter four, math is my weakness when it comes to teaching, so any extra resources are always welcomed with open arms.

This chapter is titled “It’s All a Matter of Chance” and is all about probability.

Beginning the chapter, the unit creator (Laura C. Massey) discusses her approach to homework within the unit, which differentiates homework as well as gives homework according the students’ own interests. I like this approach because it allows the students to really enjoy their homework and because it’s something that’s easier to do in a stays and probability unit over, say, a unit on operations.

Overall, I found this chapter helpful. Indeed, with statistics and probability there are a lot more fun activities to do with the class to aid in teaching; this was helpful in proving ways to differentiate those games, activities, and lessons for various learners.

If you’re interested in the book, here’s the link to it on Amazon. We’ve only got one more chapter left, folks!

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 4

Unit four in Differentiation in Practice by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Caroline Cunningham Eidson is a Math unit titled The World of Geometry.

I was very excited about reading this chapter as I find Math the biggest struggle for me to teach. I’m a trained high school English teacher so elementary math is still something I’m wrapping my head around.

This unit was very good for me because it offered a plethora of classroom activities which don’t involve students having to do boring worksheets, which I always like! If you’re interested in finding out more about the book, here’s the link to it on Amazon. Happy reading!

I recommend this chapter to anyone out there who, like me, feels overwhelmed with teaching elementary math and making it fun and hands-on.

I also continue to recommend the book as a whole to teachers looking for more ways to differentiate their lessons and units for all of their students.

If you’re interested in the book, here is a link to it on Amazon. Happy reading!

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 3

We’ve come to a Social Studies unit in Differentiation in Practice. The unit is titles We’re ¬†All in It Together and is all about needs, wants, and community helpers.

I’m a fan of this particular unit because I find there are lessons which I can pull out and use, not just in Social Studies, but also in Religion and Health. Anytime I can add to units I already have is fine by me!

One thing I particularly like about this unit is that the lessons are all very creative and (I think) quite fun. The majority of students would really enjoy them and (as per the title of the book) they’re differentiated enough that all students would be able to succeed without frustration.

One lesson I particularly liked was a kinesthetic activity in which students get to role play and recognize the important roles that community members play in keeping it running smoothly.

Overall, this is a great chapter full of great lessons and resources. I’m still finding this a great book full of very helpful units and lessons. If you’re interested in the book, here’s the link to it on Amazon. Stay tuned for chapter four!