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Some of my students are mostly nonverbal and can pretty much do the grade-level curriculum with some differentiation and modifications. These are the students who can read, but have difficulty showing what they know. They NEED visual answer choices and visuals all around in order to access the grade level curriculum. I knew these students could be successful in a general education classroom for short periods of time.

“Fun” vs. Rigor in the Classroom: At Odds?


Many educators may associate “fun” in the classroom with games and activities that are engaging but not necessarily rigorous or standards-aligned, and some may see a tradeoff between engagement and rigor. But is this tradeoff real?