Adjusting a task’s complexity to match a student’s skill is key to success in the classroom, but how can you change the level of complexity?
Differentiation is all about balancing the complexity of a task with the skill of the learner.
One comment I hear that really breaks my heart is: “My students couldn’t do that.”
I often see the prompts of Depth and Complexity used in classrooms, but too frequently they’re applied at a surface level.
Increasing brain stimulation for gifted kids during lessons means a reduction in behavior problems, an increase in enjoyment, and a more comfortable learning environment.
It’s essential to teach our students to think flexibly and consider multiple points of view. Flexible thinking leads to product innovation, diplomacy between nations, and advances in science. School, however, often encourages students to settle into a “one right answer” mindset.
Here are three visual resources to discuss change over time, compare and contrast, and multiple persepctives: beauty tips from 1889, company logos over time, and 1950s 7up ads featuring babies.
Much like twisting the lens of a camera, a simple shift of focus adds an immediate layer of complexity and novelty that excites students. It gives them a new way to engage in grade-level curriculum, and doesn’t take hours of work from teachers.
The typical cases are usually too simple and students fall into a sense of false security. Rather than truly mastering the skill, students develop pattern recognition that gets them through the common cases. Eliminate this problem by seeking edge cases.
Looking for some ways to challenge your advanced mathematicians? If you’d like to keep them on the same topic as the rest of your class, consider increasing the complexity of your current unit. If they’re in need of more advanced curriculum to keep their creativity flowing, try to bring in novel ways of looking at math.