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 2: Making the Most of Your Resources
Making the Most of Your Resources
“As important as knowing what more I can learn and do is knowing how far I've come and what I have to give my students.”
When first introduced to the needs of advanced students, many teachers sigh over what they see as another demand on their busy lives. Children with special learning needs—whichever side of the spectrum they fall—can easily overwhelm a school district facing budget cuts and an overburdened staff. Questions immediately rise about time and resource commitments: Do teachers have to learn a completely new system? Where can they find new resources? How can they do this when they're already struggling to accommodate so many different needs in their classrooms?
The assumption ...