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 as 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.
90 years ago, Alfred North Whitehead used the term “the inert knowledge problem” to describe an issue he faced while teaching. I’ll bet you’ve seen the same thing…
A reader asked for recommendations for books about Greek Myths appropriate for 5th graders. Many of you delivered!
I got to work with several groups of students (of many ages) and I tried out this task: building a tournament to decide who was the most resilient historical figure or fictional character? Kids came up with some amazing ideas.
When we create tasks designed to meet the needs of our most obviously talented students, we make it possible for other students to rise up as well. This, except using basketball as a metaphor.
Here is the (slightly delayed) 2017 Byrdseed report!
My recent experience as a learner and what it’s like when your teacher falls into the trap of Curse of Knowledge.