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Five Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards

Teaching is pretty challenging!

Some students learn at an "average" pace. Other students need extra help to keep up, and then there are the students who already know everything you are expected to teach them!

We want these students to continue learning and stay motivated in the classroom. How can we do this, while we continue to meet the needs of the other students as well? 

5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Idea #1: Let them develop skills on a deeper level!

I always prefer to let more advanced students deepen skills rather than accelerating their learning onto a higher grade level's skills. Students need to feel like they belong, and if they're not studying what the others are studying, they feel excluded! This is a tough concept when they already know what you're teaching, but there are ways to work with it.
 
How do we do this? 
  • This is easiest to do with reading. If everyone in the class is working on biographies, they should also read a biography, but at a higher reading level. They can do a more challenging form of book summary or report.
  • If you're studying addition, have these children make problems for their classmates to solve. Or have them learn a game that practices the same skill, but at a deeper level. (Practice 4 digit addition rather than 2 digits!)
  • If you're studying Mexico have these students research something that's not in the district's curriculum, such as Mexico's history, or major exports of Mexico.
  • If you're studying figurative language, have these children find figurative language phrases to share with the class.
  • If you're studying the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, have these students research more information about the butterfly, such as migration or how fast they can fly.
  • Here's a resource I use based on second grade math requirements: Mystery Math Bundle

5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Idea #2: Let them learn by guessing!

I know, this sounds rather strange, but I call it the "Jeopardy method." (See this blog post: Do You Ever End Up Smarter After Watching Jeopardy?) Whenever you hear the answer (or on Jeopardy, I believe it's the question...) you get smarter! Having the children take an educated guess at some trivia helps them remember the information! 
 
Here are some resources that are perfect for your fast learners to learn by "guessing:"
 
5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Idea #3: Let them work with another student at their level.

Just because they're smart and catch on easily doesn't mean they have to carry the load for a group that isn't functioning at the same academic level. (We know this can happen!) They do need some time with their equals who can challenge them and help them go above and beyond the status quo. Please, find opportunities for them to work with others at their level, even if it means finding students from other classrooms or even other grades who can work with them.
 
5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Idea #4: Offer choice!

All students need and deserve choices! These quick learners need choices too! Most students make choices based on their strengths, interests, and passions! A student with an interest in writing would prefer to write a report on what they learned. A student with an interest in art would prefer to make a poster. A student with an interest in social studies might like to make a map. All students have preferences, not just the gifted and talented! Please respect these preferences, you'll get a whole lot more from your students if you do! 

5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Idea #5: Let them research something they love. 

As mentioned above, all students have strengths, interests, and passions. The best way to address the needs of all students is to work with these passions! These brighter students can research their passions! The acts of research will help them enrich their skills, and the ways they present what they've learned will strengthen more skills! It's a win-win!

5 Ideas for Students That Have Already Mastered the Standards: Here are 5 ways to address the needs of these fast learners without losing the others!

Here are a few blog posts also dedicated to this group of students:

 How do we keep them engaged?

How do we keep them engaged? Some children finish their daily work much faster than others. How can we keep them engaged without assigning "busy work?"

 Three Purposes for Boom Learning Digital Task Cards  

https://www.elementarymatters.com/2021/02/three-purposes-for-boom-learning.html

 

Twelve Reasons to use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards!   

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!

 But My Students Don't Know This Stuff!

Sometimes my students do activities where they are expected to answer questions, but they haven't been taught the content. How can this be valuable?

 Looking for ways to organize it all? Try this!

Organizing Literacy Centers

How do you organize your Literacy Centers? This post gives you ideas for organizing what the children do when you're teaching a group. Plus, there's a freebie! 

One last note:

As smart as these children are, they all have weaknesses as well! They may be ahead of the game with reading skills or math skills, but like all of us, they have areas of need. Please pay close attention to the whole child and make sure they are developing academically as well as socially and emotionally.

 


 

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