2012 TAGT Legacy Book Award
Low-stress tips for challenging high-ability learners
Many teachers ask: “What do I do for students who finish their work before everyone else? Is there anything I can use that doesn't require me to read a long textbook with complicated instructions?” If you would like to do more for gifted students and need simple strategies that you can use tomorrow, this book is for you. Inside are helpful methods for challenging students who need more than the regular curriculum can provide. Readers will find practical tools, including: Tips for using existing resources and potential; A progression from simpler to more complex adjustments for advanced learners; Specific lessons for language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts
The authors' strategies can be tailored to benefit students of varying abilities. The lessons are easy to integrate, consistent with curriculum standards, and described in practical terms. You will also find ready-to-use reproducibles, helpful vignettes, and additional resources for differentiating instruction so that all students are challenged to reach their potential.
Chapter 1: Understanding Advanced Learners
Understanding Advanced Learners
In any kind of teaching, we always begin with what the students bring to the classroom—their level of skill and knowledge, their abilities and talents, their deficits, their learning styles, and their interests. No matter how many curriculum guides fill their files or how many times they have to bend to a new policy or procedure from their district, conscientious teachers are guided most by the needs they see right in front of them. They walk into their rooms and immediately know that Maya will probably know half the answers without instruction; that Billy will be at work on his latest cartoon (when he really should be practicing his math skills); that Nehir, a new arrival from Turkey, will turn ...