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 8: Keeping Yourself Inspired
Keeping Yourself Inspired
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
I am not a teacher but an awakener.
The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.
Many teachers feel like satellites spiraling around a great ball of energy. It's easy to feel taxed by the responsibilities of teaching when you're trying to respond to the needs of so many different students at once. Being aware of your need for replenishment and inspiration can be difficult.
Often, teachers think they have to plan for every step in a process, to anticipate needs and create variations of an assignment, “just in case.” ...