What is a STRETCh Instructor?

Striving To Reach Every Talented Child
"Why set limits to what our children can do?"


What is a STRETCh Instructor?

...an educator who is in the process of transforming their practice from a traditional teaching pedagogy to a 24/7 and 365 day/degree learning pedagogy. This is the single most important factor in meeting the needs of ALL children - including those who acquire information quickly and have a passion and interest in specific subjects and/or topics!

Due to our ability to "plug-in" to technology, students are continually learning. They are interactively strategizing with players from multiple countries when playing games in the evening at home. Access to wonderful iPad apps such as BrainPop have them acquiring new skills on car trips to and from soccer practice or on Sunday morning in their PJ's while doing handstands.

In a traditional school setting, our students left us...and for the most part...returned in the fall to pick up where we left off. However, the use and accessibility to technology has caused student learning to become differentiated and unpredictable. They explore their passions and interests, with our without us! It is for this reason that education must make a paradigm shift in how we educate our children.

       Tools a STRETCh instructor must have in their Toolbox!
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Industrialized Model of education needs to go!

Honor each child's unique learning style!

Why we need to change how we educate our children! Not everyone learns the same way! Learning to Code
(computer programming)
Computational Thinking 
 If we continue to ask our children  to be good at everything (reading,  writing, math, science, social  studies) and lock them into a  learning "box," we will never allow  them to explore and expand their  strengths to find out what they are  truly capable of! Within the confines of a school  building and classroom, our children  will never be exposed to  the plethora of ways that one can  learn. We need to redefine  everything and acknowledge that  learning occurs everywhere and all  the time. Focusing on extending  learning, thinking and creating is  what our schools should be doing! See examples of how we can  incorporate computational  thinking and computer  programming skills throughout  the curriculum.

Google Apps in Education
  iPad - What are you using it for?  Google Apps in Education  Learning Targets  
 Through the collaborative efforts of  Wisconsin teachers and hopefully  global contributions, we are  providing app reviews and lesson  plans.     See how educators can capitalize on  these wonderful tools to enhance  student learning experiences. An  example and rubrics of a student  generated Google Literature Trip can  be found here! The "I can..." statements that  allow students to engage in their  own learning; a key element to  21st century instruction! 

 Teaching through CompetitionsResearch and Resources: GT 
 ISTE - 
Technology Standards
 Incorporating competitions into  your curriculum can provide real  world experiences with the CCSS.  Many organizations have the  standards aligned to the  requirements of their competitions  and will have teacher resources  already created.
 The following Livebinder has a  plethora of research and resources  into Gifted & Talented past practice,  identification, articles, etc...

 In the pursuit of creating a better  system, I took a historical look at  the past...so we do not continue to  repeat our mistakes, but forge  forward with a better system!
 The National Educational  Technology Standards (NETS)  are the standards for learning,  teaching, and leading in the  digital age and are widely  recognized and adopted  worldwide. 
   Spark 101  
 Industrial Professionals and  Educators working together to get  students excited about Science,  Technology, 

 Engineering, and Math careers.  Real-life application of concepts they  are currently studying make  learning relevant and FUN! 

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