If your students can find the area of a square then, armed with Google Earth, they can also figure out how many students you could pack into your school’s playground.

# Differentiation TechniqueGet Ridiculous

## Read The OverviewExplore the Edge Cases

One technique for finding complexity in a topic is to look for the edge cases, the outliers, the really big or small versions.

## Specific Examples of “Get Ridiculous”

## What could we do with this Wax Museum event?

How one might revamp a “Wax Museum” project into something that focuses more on thinking than product.

## Adding Complexity to Parts of Speech

Here’s how you can add some spice to an otherwise dull study of parts of speech.

## Thinking Like Equivalent Fractions

Go across disciplines by asking students to write a story about fraction equivalence.

## Calculating the Volume of Laptops

So once your students can calculate volume… what do you have them do next? In this math project, kids will look up historic laptops, calculate their volumes, and note how technology has changed over time.

## How much to fill your car up with Clam Chowder?

Sure gasoline seems expensive. Until you try to fill your car up with printer ink.

## Making Awful Graphs

Sometimes we can learn a lot by doing something the wrong way. Here are six ways your students can purposefully design awful, misleading graphs.

## Finding the Fun in “It’s” vs “Its”

How do we differentiate a dull lesson like “its” vs “it’s”? I decided to push it to an extreme (and include some unexpected novelty).

## Creating A New Creature

I’ve gotta admit, I’m a sucker for that classic Bloom’s Taxonomy. I really prefer the word “Synthesize” to “Create”. “Create” is so easily abused. We can “create” a list of the 50 states, but that sure isn’t at the top of Bloom’s. “Synthesize,” however, clearly reminds me that my students need to be bringing in […]

## Thinking From *Anything’s* Perspective

How a small change, with very little effort on the teacher’s part, leads to a delightfully complex task that can suitably challenge students of all ability levels.