Does Your Child Receive Enrichment in Class?
The answer may be NO. It’s hard for teachers to find the time to meet the needs of all students in their classroom. One group of students that sometimes gets overlooked are the highly-abled. I was a teacher of Talented and Gifted students and was assigned to both pull out classes and to team teach with K-3 classroom teachers to differentiate instruction. Along with a lack of time, teachers also lacked appropriate materials and training in differentiated instruction. School administrators need to budget for resources to help our teachers do their job.
Parents- you have the power to make the change!
Parents are sometimes hesitant to question a teacher about their child’s strengths for fear of being considered “pushy” . However, when I ask parents if they would be hesitant to talk to their child’s teacher if their child was struggling in class; the answer is always no. So here’s a “nice” way of asking the question to your child’s teacher; “how are you meeting my child’s needs in the classroom”?
Teachers,if you are addressing the needs of the high ability students in your classroom you will have no problem answering that question. Good for you and Thank You! If not, I can’t provide materials or time to help you but you may find the websites below helpful.
Awesome Enrichment Website Resources
Early in my teaching career and later as a principal, I used resources from some of the websites below either with students or in Teacher Workshops. I currently use a couple of the sites with my own grandchildren. Many of the sites also have research information on highly-abled students that can help you advocate for your child to both teachers and administrators. A well-informed parent is the best resource to get appropriate programming for their child.
- ProProfs Brain Games https://www.proprofs.com/games/all/ Extensive choice of activities to support in-depth learning. Site includes: logic games, puzzles, Sudoku, word games and brain teasers.
- Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page https://www.hoagiesgifted.org/parents.htm I have shared this site many times with parents and teachers. I have also used some of the activities with my own students when I taught the gifted and in Enrichment classes. The site is quite extensive with research information so don’t be overwhelmed. It’s worth a look.
- Odyssey of the Mind (OM) http://www.odysseyofthemind.com OM is a world-wide competition the website has great resources to foster creative thinking in your classroom. Be sure to look at the Practice Problems along with the Spontaneous activities. I used to coach an OM team and found the website had a variety of ideas to foster creative thinking in my classroom. Be sure to look at the practice problems and the Spontaneous activities. These activities would be excellent for all the students in your classrooms.
- Quiz Hub https://www.quizhub.com/ Great variety of quizzes for kids to take on a variety of subjects. The annual membership is $1 per child for schools up to 300 students. Worth considering, even with the cost.
- KB Connected http://www.kbkonnectedkids.com/ This was new to me but I love this site. Great resource to help teachers find appropriate activities for their students to tackle. Lots of interactive and challenging activities.
- PBS Kids http: pbskids.org/ Specifically, good for young kids with connections to PBS TV programs. Yes, there is some marketing, but there are great activities for all grade levels. Regular classroom teachers will rate this a Gold Rated website.
- Know It All http://knowitall.org Although some activities are particular to South Carolina, there are many other games and activities on the site for other states.
The websites above can also be helpful as home activities. Keeping it fun for kids will encourage them to keep learning!
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