Using Tic-Tac-Toe to Manage Differentiated Instruction

1. Before we begin our design task, read an overview of strategies (Word file) for implementing differentiated instruction in the classroom.

2. One strategy often used in differentiated instruction involves the design of Tic-Tac-Toe assignment guides. View the following examples (PDF files):

Hats Tic-Tac-Toe (primary)

Community Helpers Tic-Tac-Toe (primary/elementary)

Nutrition Tic-Tac-Toe (primary/elementary)

Poetry (elementary)

Book Report Tic-Tac-Toe (elementary/middle school)

Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe (elementary)

Andrew Jackson: Life Before Becoming President (middle/secondary)

Art and Nature (secondary)

Cell (secondary)

Poetry (secondary)

Waves (secondary)

Sailing (secondary/adult)

3. Tic-Tac-Toe grids can also be created in .html (or, converted to .html from Word) , view the following examples:

Algebra (secondary)

Ancient Egypt Tic-Tac-Toe WebQuest with Differentiated Grading (middle school)

3. Download a Word template to create a tic-tac-toe assignment guide for your classroom that utilizes UDL principles of multiple means of representation and multiple means of expression.

Friday, August 28, 2009: Two Indiana teachers, Harriet Armstrong and Autumne Streeval, whom I trained how to use tic-tac-toe as a strategy for implementing universal design for learning in February, won a national contest sponsored by Microsoft. They will travel to Brazil in November to compete internationally. Read more in eSchool News. View their award winning tic-tac-toe grid on the Industrial Revolution (9th grade), and view their rubric.