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My Differentiated Instruction

"Let us choose what is right;let us know among ourselves what is good." Job 34.4

This morning I read the account of Elihu rebuking Job and his three friends in chapters 33-38. If you're not familiar with the story of Job, here's a synopsis. Wealthy Job lost everything. Three friends come to tell him it's all his fault. Job starts to believe them. Elihu rebukes everybody, then God chides everyone and sets the record straight.

I picture Elihu as this frail old man who has been hovering nearby, watching all the event unfold. He has both the wisdom of age and experience of loss and hope. He's also like the kid who looks up to a hero and realizes they aren't as "super" as he thought. 

After rebuking everyone for their shortsighted, selfish whining, Elihu declare's God's justice. So often we cloak our own selfishness under the guise of fairness. God's word is truth. We must purpose in our hearts to do what is right, not what is right in our o…

Sample Class Portfolio Using SkyDrive

I use three-ring binders to organize my teaching materials. It's a bit old fashioned but generally works for me. There is something comforting and satisfying about holding a lesson plan. (Perhaps after six years, I'm still not completely comfortable with the ever-changing content.)
During the first week, I knew I wanted to collect student work as a way to illustrate how well each student comprehends and the effort they put forth. My first thought was to use a file folder dedicated to each student. Doable, but a lot of archive management on my part.
My second idea was to have the students collect their work into three-ring binders, similar to a portfolio or notebook. That would free up my time in managing all the documents and give the students the opportunity to see how all their work fits together.
But then the lights finally clicked on in my head. Why not use the cloud to store and share all the documentation? The biggest decision I had now was which cloud service to use. Be…

Label 59, Where Are You?

Label 59 is a neat web app that allows you to create labeled slide shows and illustrations. After playing around with it, I can say there is a bit of a learning curve but the controls are minimal and intuitive. Middle to high school students could easily use Label 59 to create illustrations of scientific processes or label dissections. Geographic features could be labeled or even a step-by-step process outlined. Teachers could use it to create custom illustration or demonstrations.
If you plan to use Label 59 in the classroom, plan to spend time training students how to use the different features. They will also need an email address to sign up for a free account. Also plan on how students will share their final results.