Creating a 9 Box Grid

  1. Choose a skill or concept you will be teaching in the next week and differentiate it into prerequisite knowledge, on-grade, and above grade level.  Take commas for example.  It may break up into these categories:  does not know what a comma is/does, has some knowledge of commas, uses commas correctly.
  2. Make a copy of the “Learning Styles and Readiness Brainstorm” doc. Rename it as “Your Name 9 Box Grid”. 
  3. Using this doc, devise activities and lessons for each learning style at each level of readiness. In consideration of technology as a transformative tool, brainstorm ideas that leverage your Chromebook, Google Apps, or other web-based applications. Once you have ideas for all of the boxes, pick and choose which activities and lessons to use. You should hyperlink the activities you choose in the grid so it is easier for students. (Click HERE and choose “desktop” for a how-to resource on hyperlinking in a document OR attend the breakout session).
  4. Use the tips below to help you brainstorm ideas! Remember to see the options through the lens of technology so that by the end of this activity, you have a rich set of experiences for students at all levels using transformative technology.
  5. When finished, move your 9 Box Grid doc to your team folder that was created at the last session. Be sure that the doc has been shared as “can edit” so we can make comments. You will share the results of this lesson at our next session.

Learning Strategies for the Three Learning Styles


  • Projector

  • Color coding

  • Highlighters

  • Flashcards

  • Post-it notes with key words

  • Word-process and print notes

  • Write explanations for math/science concepts

  • Make charts or flowcharts for math/science concepts

  • Use graph paper

  • Translate words/ideas into symbols, pictures, and diagrams

  • Watch videos or demonstrations

  • Screencasts


  • Study groups/study buddies

  • Read aloud or “talk out” notes and information

  • Use audio tapes to listen to textual information,

  • Create your own recording by reading notes or information which you can listen to later

  • Use music and song to create mnemonic devices


  • Take notes to aid memory

  • When learning, move around the room (stations or centers)

  • Make models

  • Use a lab setting for hands-on learning

  • Spend time in the field at museums or historical sites

  • Act out ideas

  • Use your body to represent concepts

  • Write key ideas on blackboard/large poster board

  • Use word processing software and graphics, tables, and spreadsheets