If you’re introducing the depth and complexity thinking tools for the first time to your students, carefully consider how much you offer at once. Here is a sequence that I like for getting students comfortable a couple prompts at a time.
Clear communication is simple, succinct, and relies on words that people understand. Jargon is the opposite. Journey with me as I attempt to define some edu-jargon…
Of all the prompts of depth and complexity, “ethics” is my favorite. It instantly highlights controversy, grey areas, and takes students deeper into any content area. It can seem, on the surface, to be least applicable to math. But here’s the problem: we’re often stuck thinking about math as practicing problems over and over. To […]
I get lots of questions from overwhelmed folks who have suddenly landed in a new job in gifted ed and have had little training. “Where do I even start!?” is a very common cry. Here are three places to begin differentiating for gifted kids.
A common question I get is folks asking how to make the case for a gifted program. Usually someone is pitted against an administrator who doesn’t see the value in a gifted program. How do we change minds?
In a climate where we focus on who’s below-level, how many students are already ready for next year (and beyond)? Research from Johns Hopkins sheds light on the shocking number of above-level kids out there.
This is one of the most common questions I get: What do I do with my fast finishers? But, friends, this is the wrong question. What we should be asking is: why are these kids finishing so fast in the first place? Obvious answer: the work they are doing is way too simple. Our goal […]
I had a reader ask a question about homework and gifted kids and I figured this was a pretty common question. My thought: you need a philosophy about this.
Here’s a fun thought experiment your students are sure to get a kick out of: when something is slowly replaced over time, is it still the same thing in the end?
Often, the problems we try to solve are not the root problems. The Five Whys is a thinking tool to help you sift through the superficial to find the real issue.