When we focus on a simple measurement to guide a complex goal, that measurement becomes the goal, and the measurement starts to work against the real goal.
When you’re planning a task that for a wide range of students, the terms “floor” and “ceiling” are easy shortcuts to increase the range of success for all kids.
I’ve done a couple rounds of book recommendations featuring gifted female protagonists, so here’s one for the fellas: kid-friendly novels with a gifted male character.
Before you try that next classroom idea, pause to consider the end by asking: how will I know if it worked?
I’ve been noticing a common misconception about The Big Idea, even from people who are frequent users of depth and complexity…
Why it takes a balance of chaotic and careful thinking to get to a high-quality final product.
Here’s the most common mistake I’ve seen in implementing depth and complexity: the “fill in the blanks” worksheet.
“The simple act of delaying the grade meant that students had to think about their writing…”
A fun, abstract vocab puzzle in which students can add one letter per line, forming a pyramid of words.
Why you should stop looking for “real world” application and instead aim for “interesting.” The real world is often tedious and annoying. Interesting never is.