Sunday, October 7, 2012

Acceleration and Enrichment

I am taking a curriculum class right now for gifted learners, so I have been putting a lot of though into how I differentiate learning in the lab. Science is actually a great subject to differentiate learning and  a great subject to challenge your high students in. Science instruction can be differentiated to allow students to explore topics of interest (huge plus for the gifted student), expand their research skills, and receive instruction on discrete science and inquiry skills. I try to do tiered lab sheets as often as possible. I usually do three levels, making the highest one challenging in science and math skills. I also try to let instruction be student interest driven. Real world problems and applications are always popular. I also group my highest students together at one table. You could also use learning contracts. I have not used them yet, but I am considering it.

I found an interesting article tonight:  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1653653-1,00.html

I included different level lab sheets on my Monster Madness update: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Monsters-Matter

 
Pictures are from Monster Madness labs this week. :)


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