Summer Stuff #7 - Differentiation Folders - Crazy Easy!

When my amazing SPED teacher friend brought these in for my students I thought, "Why didn't I think of that?"  This is such an easy way to differentiate for your kids who get overwhelmed by looking at too much information on a page or need an accommodation of completing fewer problems.  What a great idea for students with test anxiety too!  This could be an easy way to break up the work for students.
You could also use this for talented and gifted students who are working on completing only the hardest problems to pass off a standard or assignment.  Pretty genius I think, and I can say that since it wasn't my idea.  :)
All you need are a few file folders (I suggest a different color than manila) and a Sharpie marker.  I would only give these to a few students to keep in desks and then might introduce them to the whole class as part of a mini lesson on accommodations along with slant boards, fidget bucket, etc.  Then you could keep a few available for students who want to try them out.  

I was also thinking of using them for reader's response journals since I had a few sweeties get a little overwhelmed when looking at an entire blank page waiting for their writing.  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!

If you're interested in more of my Summer Stuff Series, focused on easy items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:

Happy Sunday,


  1. I love this. Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful idea. :)
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  2. Great idea! I may have to give this one a try!
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  3. This is awesome! What a great resource for me to have for my first year :) Also, just curious about your "fidget bucket" you mentioned- do you have a post on this?!? I'm intrigued!!

    Thanks so much!
    Lindsay Rodriguez

  4. This is a really good idea! It is good for kids who need less problems due to IEPs as well as like you said, the gifted kids who don't really need all the practice. they can do their problems then world on an extension activity!

  5. I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to try it out but will have to see how I can make it work in ELA...would love to see ideas! :)

  6. This is a seriously great idea!!! So simple! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on winning!!

  7. This is a fabulous way to differentiate work - how appealing for your students. Bravo!

  8. I just happened upon your blog, and wanted to let you know that I've signed on to follow you via BlogLovin! I assume you're taking a "summer break" from blogging, and I look forward to seeing posts from you this fall! ~Deb
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