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Challenge Students With Homographs & Homonyms

Challenge gifted spellers with homographs and homonyms.

Many gifted students blow past grade-level spelling and vocabulary at a young age. Unfortunately, a common technique to “challenge” them is to find harder and more obscure words for their spelling list. Instead, let’s take advantage of the built-in complexity of common words with multiple-meanings.

Self Control Is A Limited Resource

The wise teacher knows how hard to push her class and when to ease up, because self control is a limited resource for everyone.

Internet Field Trip, September 2014

Seven links to interesting articles, images, and movies.

Game Recommendation: Qwirkle

Every veteran teacher has a well-stocked board game closet for those special days. Qwirkle is a great addition to your arsenal.

What Influences A Character’s Traits?

To add depth to character analysis, let’s look beyond a character’s traits and dig into what influenced them to have those traits.

Paradox: Does Majority Rule?

A quick, but challenging discussion topic for any age: “Is it always fair to make decisions based on a majority vote?”

Five Great Reads for August 2014

Here are five interesting reads from the past month: asynchrony, age-appropriate books, copying authors, and money and happiness.

Depth or Complexity Alone Isn’t Deep Enough

I often see the prompts of Depth and Complexity used in classrooms, but too frequently they’re applied at a surface level.

Dino Obsession: Intellectual Overexcitability In Action

If you’re wondering what an “intellectual overexcitability” might look like, here’s me in kindergarten…

The Real Causes of Procrastination

Joanne Foster led an interesting session about the true causes of students’ procrastination. It’s more complex than simple laziness.