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 3: Creating Appropriate Goals for Advanced Students
Creating Appropriate Goals for Advanced Students
Having goals in mind for helping advanced learners realize their potential is by itself an impetus for change. For instance, just knowing that you want to give children more choices in assigned work starts your mind percolating:
Couldn't I give them a choice of several books for that essay on civil rights?
Instead of reviewing for the test (which they don't need), couldn't I pair my two top math students to select a problem from one of the websites I visit for new ideas?
In a similar vein, you may decide that independent learning is a valuable goal not only for your advanced students but for all. The more students can do for themselves, the more time ...