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 7: Teaching Advanced Students in Science and Mathematics
Teaching Advanced Students in Science and Mathematics
For many students, the scientific and mathematical worlds begin as a nature experience. They observe a monarch butterfly feeding on the milk thistle, touch the hanging beard moss, listen to the song of the hermit thrush, and calculate the time it takes a centipede to reach the top of a fern. They want to know what things are made of and how to understand them—how, for example, to identify species of birds by shape, behavior, and habitat. Without discovery, science and math have little chance of inspiring interest in the physical world. The “why” questions that impel children through their earliest years of life should become catalysts for teaching in the classroom. ...