Differentiation Strategies from Q2 Workshop

Table Share Out from North Carolina Workshop

  • Chrome extension Read&Write, does text to speech. There is a free and a paid version.
  • Group and pair work. Selective pairing of students. Pair “high-flyers” and on either side seat students that may need assistance so that pairs can change as needed.
  • Printed guides to help some students
  • Merge the design cycle into activities for advanced students
  • Google notebook/interactive notebook/journals
  • Team leaders for group work selected by teacher
  • Chunking information for struggling readers
  • Translate printed handouts for ELL students
  • L-shape arrangement for elbow partners and quad arrangement, selective arrangement of students
  • Paper programming and Code.org activities that will reinforce CSD lessons to provide more support for challenging lessons
  • Changing pairings as needed
  • Lurk behind students
  • Anchor chart of tags or code
  • Read feature in CSD
  • PBIS recognition of students

Great list of ideas for helping all students. Thanks for sharing Nancy and Steven!

If you have gifted students in your class, have a discussion with elbow partner about what will happen from the code. This will help ease possible frustration when they make a wrong prediction.

Use the Express course, hour of code, or other CS Fundamental levels to help prepare students for CS Discoveries.

Some ideas from Ohio –

-ELL - Google Translate will do translations of printed or digital print
-Below reading level students – Text to voice options under do-now’s within lessons
-Gifted students – remix project to create their own (DOK Level 4)

Check levels provide success for every student
Visual models within map levels help interpret information in more than one way
Debug buttons help students to check work to help with struggles and perseverance

  • Allow for differences

  • Create a class within a class

  • Show the students the end result to aspire them to want to learn

  • Pair Program low with some middle of the road students, not the highest students

For low students, consider moving them to their own class in code.org and assigning them a fundamentals course. Potentially use a modified grade if your district allows. This is a good way to keep them involved with computer science, but not overwhelm or frustrate them because the tasks are too demanding.

  • EL student - Google Translates into Primary Language

  • Visually Impaired - Magnify the screen and having audiable references.

  • Emotionally Distributed - Creating Experiences for Success, and a reason to want to try to in class. Students had a sense of purpose, and helping others have his same success.

From CA (RCOE - 11/4/17)

Modifications: CLOZE activities, scribes for those unable to type
Q2 RCOE Nov 4

From NEW ESD 101 Quarter 2 Workshop:

Using the Courses A-F
Read and Write Chrome Extension
Hover Tool
Code lends itself well to differentiation
Table colors give points on board for acknowledgment of on-task behavior (students at table then tend to help keep their table on-task)

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The curriculum for discoveries provides options for all students so teachers have to look for different avenues to bring all of them to the table


Setting timeline goals for projects
Giving tasks to each student in the group


For intentional non-learners, have a check in strategy where you set a goal for work completion in a certain time frame. For example, check in with them and say, "Hey let’s get bubbles 1-6 done in the next 20 minutes.

Great discussions! Speed dating conversations on how to differentiate for students and get all students involved. Specifically, students with ADHD on Coding can participate effectively by having projects chunked and check in more often. Student expectation should be that the assignments are completed with validity rather than done in a hurry!

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• Meeting the needs of a student SDC & Final Project: Informing kids in advance that they will be sharing with the class (iPad airplay to Apple TV.) Kids love an audience. It motivates them. (Telling a kid in advance, that you will be calling on them gives them confidence and motivation.) PRAISing them after there presentation builds motivation for future activities.

• Meeting the needs of a student ADHD & Coding-Level-Progress: In my experience , students with ADHD do well with chunking; setting time for small steps; but MOSTLY having kids pair with others of the same level and working in pairs at a different location in class (I call it "Blue Line Time… I’ve put blue painters tape on my floor. When they know to line up by level, comparing and confirming with students to their left and right that they are in a sequential line. I then pair kids up of same or similar level to do partner coding. We regroup every 5 minutes which keeps it a social activity with intense academic focus.)


Journaling at the end of the day w/ADHD students:
Have students think about the answer for a minute on the journal topic. Then Share their thinking with a partner. Then partner groups give their responses to the entire while the class takes notes on the ideas that make sense to them. That way everyone has a chance to journal. You can also create a digital journal (video, voice). Which allows students to use their resources to be successful.

ELL students in the classroom:
-Use translate apps to help students read written prompts
-lots of visuals
-modeling of how to code and what to do for each page
-intentional partnering with dual or native language speakers
-subtitles in native language for videos

We would love to see code.org materials being offered in other languages (ie, spanish, mandarin, etc)

Valium Salt Lick at the door.
Let them move around.
Stand to do the work.
Kneeling desks.
Ball Chairs.

Related service people involvement.
Google Translate
If there is a student who speaks both languages, pair them up.
Have them watch another student program.

Text to Speech software
Pair with a good reader

Let them figure a way out of their difficulties.
Mistakes will build character.

Low Vision
Turn the screen settings higher
Text to speech



How big is the salt lick and can you order in bulk?

Just kidding, great list otherwise!



Great list! This will be very useful for my students.
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