Challenging students allows for optimal growth. Through differentiation and accommodations, you can challenge all of your students! As these students grow life will give them plenty of challenges, so it is important to equip them now in preparation for the future. Here are five ways to challenge your kids!
Provide students with open ended questions. Open ended questions allow students to use their feelings, attitudes, and their understanding of the topic. Whereas closed questions give students an opportunity to only think about what the teacher wants to hear or the correct answer, open ended questions allow students to dig deep in their knowledge and incorporate their feelings too. By providing open ended questions students can relate and develop a deeper understanding of the topic.
Project base learning is another way to challenge your students. You can give 2-3 choices of projects and allow them to pick the one that fits them best. You can also allow students to pick a topic for the project. For example, if you are studying animals you can provide 2-3 project choices like a zoo exhibit, power point (yes they can do power point, my kinders created these even) or a drawing. They can also pick the animal they want to learn about too. These projects allow students to think creatively, gives them ownership, and motivation. Try giving your students some project to promote a deeper understanding.
Connect learning with events happening in the real-world. Provide students with current events to connect their learning to the real world. For example, Hurricane Dorian caused a lot of damage to the Bahamas. Discuss with your students on disaster relief, how people can help, you can even connect math and science to the hurricane too.
Provide opportunities for STEM challenges. These challenges are great for students to develop a deeper understanding of a given topic and allows them to utilize their prior knowledge and work with their hands. Also, these challenges are fun and engage all students.
Stretch students’ knowledge by using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a perfect guide to grow students’ knowledge of a topic. It provides different ideas and opportunities for students to learn. It also informs you of different level of questions that you can use to differentiate among your students too. I used this flip chart (pictured) as a guide to challenge small groups of students. This flip chart allows me to quickly find higher order thinking questions to provide students with another challenge opportunity to show what they know! Click here for this flip chart!
How do you challenge your students? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!