Are you looking for a handy tool to help differentiate for students that won’t cost a ton of moolah and won’t take forever to make? You’re in luck! Differentiation folders are here to save the day!
Differentiation folders sound all fancy, but in reality they’re super simple. Check it out. A differentiation folder!
These are crazy easy to make, and are a super amazing idea for simple differentiation. All you need is a few file folders (You can use the manila ones from the workroom or get all fancy and use colors), scissors, and a Sharpie marker.
A few types of students who might benefit from differentiation folders are:
* Kids who get overwhelmed by looking at too much information on a page
* Students who need an accommodation of completing fewer problems
* Students with test anxiety
* Kiddos who freeze up when they see a blank page in front of them
* Students who absolutely MUST know how much they have to do before they will begin
* Talented and gifted students who are working on completing only the hardest problems to pass off a standard or assignment
Most people think of these being helpful for math, but you could also use these folders with reader’s response or writer’s workshop notebooks. We all have sweeties who get overwhelmed when looking at an entire blank page just waiting for their writing that won’t materialize. With these folders you just put their blank page inside and open one or two of the flaps with the expectation that their response needs to be at least that long. Sweet!
I don’t recommend making one of these for every student. I typically throw together 5-7 over the summer and then see which students need them most (usually my students who struggle to complete or start work). Then I give folders to those students to keep in desks as soon as they need them. They also serve as handy places to keep unfinished work that are easy for me to fish out of desks. One reason you might want to use NEON folders! #sneakylikeafox
You could also introduce differentiation folders to your whole class as part of a mini lesson on accommodations along with slant boards, fidget bucket items, etc. Then you could keep a few available for students who want to try them out.
What do you think? Do you have a student or two that could benefit from a differentiation folder? Do you have other ideas as to how these could be used effectively in your classroom? Leave a comment below!
Have a fab day Super Teacher!
If you’re interested in more of the Summer Stuff Series, focused on easy items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:
Summer Stuff #1 – The Birthday Committee
Summer Stuff #2 – The Service Station Freebie
Summer Stuff #3 – The Tooth Fairy
Summer Stuff #4 – Freebie Sanitizer Bathroom Passes
Summer Stuff #5 – Books for Back to School
Summer Stuff #6 – Award Awesome Students with The C.H.I.P. Award
Summer Stuff #7 – Crazy Easy Differentiation Folders
Summer Stuff #8 – Collecting Mentor Texts for Writing