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.
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!
Many 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?”
You can use the prompts of depth and complexity yet still ask very shallow questions. Here’s how to avoid this common pitfall…
If you’re wondering what an “intellectual overexcitability” might look like, here’s me in kindergarten…