Friday, January 11, 2019

Graham Cracker House: Differentiation by Ability Levels

Differentiation is a big deal in any realm of education these days, but it has always been a necessity in special education. In order to do an art lesson on architecture or the culture of holiday traditions all you need is 3 graham crackers per child, candy, and some royal icing in zip lock bags. The tiered project means I have students who need pre-made houses to decorate. Other students needed the graham crackers cut out for them to assemble with icing. My highest functioning students can not only cut their own graham crackers, but design their own house, rather than use my pattern.  When teachers know their students zone of proximal development, they can stretch the each child's abilities without overwhelming the child and frustrating the learning process.

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