Striving To Reach Every Talented Child - Heidi Williams

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


Moving from a traditional teaching pedagogy to a 24/7 and 365 day/degree learning pedagogy is not an easy task; however, 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 with 21st Century Skills.

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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!Articles / Book by Heidi Williams 
 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!  

Google Apps in Education
   ISTE - 
Technology Standards
 Google Apps in Education Learning Targets 
 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.  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!     

Differentiated and Enrichment Curriculum Ideas!

The STRETCh (Striving To Reach Every Talented Child) Instructor views herself as an Education Imagineer! Just like Walt Disney, she believes that learning should be fun. Below you will find a variety of activities that will enrich and STRETCh students gifts and talents! 

This Ancient Egypt Web Quest / Choice Menu has differentiated activities based upon Depth of Knowledge and Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences
  • For advanced readers - require The Pharoah's Secret  activity for 8 tokens
    • Graphic organizers for structured reading in prediction, depth of knowledge questions, and evaluation of performance in a literature circle are included!
  • For advanced writers - require the King Tutankhamun - Was It Murder?  activity for 8 tokens
    • Looks at the death of King Tut from five different perspectives and has the student write a persuasive paper. Focus is on the revision process and samples of student papers and feedback are given on the website!
  • For advanced mathematicians - require the Pyramid Scales  activity for 8 tokens
    • Includes a guided Web Quest with note-taking and reflection on the history of the pyramids, as well as building scale models of them.
  • For advanced general intellect - require the Life in the Day of a Pharaoh activity for 8 tokens
    • An activity in perspective and critical thinking! The student assumes the life of a pharaoh and tries to portray this in a presentation (claymation, skit, Prezi, ToonDoo, Xtranormal Video) to the class.

All students can be successful in this Ancient Egypt Web Quest to move up the social pyramid. This project includes final project evaluations that include self-assessment and gives the teacher the flexibility to change point values and projects based upon individual student needs.

Click here for Entrance into the Web QuestClick here for information on gaining access to project requirements:          INTRO ACCESS             FULL ACCESS

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