Stretch and Challenge – Lesson activities
Ideas to use in the classroom to stretch and challenge…
- Develop questioning in the classroom using Bloom’s Taxonomy – ask learners more challenging i.e. higher order questions which demand analysis, synthesis or evaluation. Look for detail and justification. http://lccfestivaloflearning2012.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/support-document-13-blooms-taxonomy-teacher-planning-kit1.pdf
- Use SOLO http://try.kingdownplus.com/an-introduction-to-solo/ especially the relational and extended abstract levels of understanding. More here http://try.kingdownplus.com/doing-it-solo/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDXXV-mCLPg
- Use HOTs – (Higher Order Thinking skills ) use the grid below with students. Ask students to choose a skill they would like to develop.
|draw||demonstrate||manipulate||take part||weigh up||formulate|
- Demand greater precision in Learners use of language, e.g. using specific vocabulary and terminology. Have a Glossary for the teaching unit, get the students to tick when they have used the words in their work. At the end of the unit any unticked words can be incorporated into a piece of work
- More is not always better – try restricting learners to a number of words/lines/minutes to encourage them to be more concise and precise in their explanations. i.e. students create a tweet of 120 characters.
- Challenge the learners to think “outside the box” – i.e. in Geography this might be a “parallel example” or a “similar place” to the idea or concept they are studying.
- Use learners as “experts” – various classroom activities lend themselves to encourage students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.For example, place them in “hot seating” and “Mastermind” type activities where they can be quizzed and challenged by their peers.
- Provide opportunities for learners to work on projects allowing them to make their own choices. Try to move from teacher directed to learner directed. Letting go of the reins – http://prezi.com/j8quhc4muix5/letting-go-of-the-reins-in-geography/
- C3B4Me – use learners as a source of information for other students when they need help.