Paradoxes and illusions are a great area of study to blow students’ minds. I recently discovered an amazing artist, Kokichi Sugihara, who creates and films optical illusions using just paper and balls.
Some of my favorite games, novels, creativity books, and tools for differentiation.
I’m home from the national conference on gifted education and here are the highlights!
There are more than enough challenges in teaching. If a kitchen timer, app, or well-written list can take some of them off your plate, let’s hand those tasks over as quickly and frequently as possible!
My favorite use of homographs is to create a two-column matching activity, but use only definitions – no words. Of course, the difficulty is in generating these columns, so I’ve cooked up a solution for you!
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.
The wise teacher knows how hard to push her class and when to ease up, because self control is a limited resource for everyone.
Every veteran teacher has a well-stocked board game closet for those special days. Qwirkle is a great addition to your arsenal.
To add depth to character analysis, let’s look beyond a character’s traits and dig into what influenced them to have those traits.
A quick, but challenging discussion topic for any age: “Is it always fair to make decisions based on a majority vote?”