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?
Most likely: the work they are doing is simply too simple. Our goal is then to give students a meaningful task to begin with, not to try to keep them busy because they finished a too-simply task so quickly.
To do that, we need to:
- pre-assess, so we know who already gets it
- avoid differentiation anti-patterns
- make sure we’re asking students to truly think, not just remember
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