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!
click on the icons to learn more...
| Learning Targets |
|Response to Intervention|| Learning to Code|
The "I can..." statements that allow students to engage in their own learning; a key element to 21st century instruction! If a child has already mastered the learning target they should be allowed to expand their learning - thus holding everyone accountable for the growth of ALL students. Follow the link below to be provided with resources and references for learning targets and their alignment to the CCSS!
RtI can change the way we identify and service our "gifted and talented" population.
When we meet students needs on a daily basis and differentiate instruction (Tier 1), we open the door of possibility wider AND more often.
See examples of how we can incorporate computational thinking and computer programming skills throughout the curriculum. Click on the cat and make sure to watch the video with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, as they stress "Why we need to teach students to Code!"
|iPad - What are you using it for?||ISTE - National Education Technology Standards||Google Apps in Education|
|Through the collaborative efforts of Wisconsin teachers and hopefully global contributions, we are providing app reviews and lesson plans.||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.|
|Teaching through Competitions!||Research and Resources: GT|
|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!
Copyright and Trademarked: STRETCh : last updated 3/03/2013