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Making ALL Kids Smarter
This motivating resource includes strategies for differentiating instruction within the general classroom to challenge all learners and create more meaningful learning experiences.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412989039
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2010
- Page Count: 152
- Publication date: June 07, 2012
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"The author provides a wide range of strategies that make this a must-read for every educator looking to increase the rigor of their learning expectations."
—Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA
"This is a pick-up-and-use-instantly, teacher-friendly book. I got so excited about the strategies that I immediately began to apply them."
—Mary Beth Cary, Teacher of the Gifted, Worth County Primary School, Sylvester, GA
A hands-on guide for challenging ALL kids to think, create, and aspire!
John DeLandtsheer brings 40 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and gifted education specialist to this motivating resource that clearly explains why and how teachers must raise the bar for all students. He provides specific strategies for differentiating instruction within the general classroom to challenge all learners with more rigorous content and creativity, showing teachers how to:
- Teach to the strengths of all children—including gifted students
- Apply six components of a brain-friendly classroom
- Build critical thinking skills with the Icons of Depth and Complexity strategy, Socratic questioning and moral dilemmas
- Connect content through interdisciplinary themes
- Stimulate creativity with brainstorming activities
- Foster learning within and beyond the classroom by developing students' research and study skills
The book provides a broad selection of exercises, activities and lesson plans that work together to create more motivating and engaging learning experiences for all students.
Table of Contents
About the Author
1. Who Are the Gifted
2. Brain-Compatible Classrooms
3. The Four Components of Differentiation
4. Interdisciplinary Thematic Instruction
5. The Icons of Depth of Complexity
6. Questioning Strategies
7. Questioning Strategies in Evaluative Thinking Using Moral Dilemmas
8. Socratic Reasoning Techniques
9. The Creativity Connection
10. Teaching Research Skills and Methods
“The author provides a wide range of strategies that will increase the depth and complexity of learning for every child. It will be a must-read for every educator looking to increase the rigor of his or her learning expectations.”Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA
“This is an instant gratification, pick-up-and-use-immediately, teacher-friendly book. I got so excited about the strategies that I immediately began to use some of them in my classroom."Mary Beth Cary, Teacher of the Gifted
Worth County Primary School, Sylvester, GA
"John's wealth of knowledge and humor make his trainings exciting. Our teachers leave his workshops with hands-on techniques to make differentiation for their GATE students more challenging and meaningful."Mary O'Rourke, GATE Coordinator
Adelanto School District, CA
"I truly value the skills and insights I came away with from this work. Thanks to DeLandtsheer, I now believe I can teach, and think, outside the box."Katherine Kingsley, 2nd Grade Teacher
John Green Elementary School, Dublin, CA
"Excellent instruction in teaching and understanding GATE students. I look forward to trying my new skills."Linda Laymon, 3rd Grade Teacher
Adelanto School District, Victorville, California