tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36651338309367426.post1254594256303670141..comments2018-03-20T10:15:10.283-07:00Comments on i is a number: What to do with the early finishers?Kathrynhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04301412875277554720noreply@blogger.comBlogger4125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36651338309367426.post-87718088015051711642013-08-05T08:45:57.585-07:002013-08-05T08:45:57.585-07:00I understand this problem well. Sometimes, I thin...I understand this problem well. Sometimes, I think it comes from having to teach in a prescribed way- mini lesson, demonstration, supported work, individual work (which is the mandated teaching protocol in my school).<br /><br />A few ideas<br />-don't help him discover his errors- ask him for a plan to assess his own work. "Is it all correct? How do you know? Are you sure?"<br />That's a life skill being able to self assess and correct<br /><br />-use your teacher's manual or publisher's website, there are always extensions listed towards the end of the chapter that we never get to within the general lesson, try to find ones that are interesting to Ted.<br /><br />-Ask Ted how he wants to manage his time, I have always had students (and perhaps I was this kind of student myself) who learned how to "slow down or dumb down" progress because a) it's not a benefit to look "smarter" then others, or b) finishing early= more work. Perhaps there some sort of continuing project that could be pulled out when finished early- a comicbook guide to fractions, making word searches for vocabulary words, a scale drawing plan of something to be constructed with other later. Teacherfishhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10331618972303387940noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36651338309367426.post-10796276281197623242013-08-05T05:49:15.932-07:002013-08-05T05:49:15.932-07:00Thanks so much for sharing this. I think that enco...Thanks so much for sharing this. I think that encouraging the students to use the left hand page in their INBs is a great solution. They can think about the material in a much more meaningful way! I'm definitely going to try to use some of these strategies this year. Hannah Thttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13262939145671183962noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36651338309367426.post-49815579190956504102013-08-04T16:43:54.104-07:002013-08-04T16:43:54.104-07:00Thanks for your comment! I like the idea of pushi...Thanks for your comment! I like the idea of pushing the students to solving the problem in a different way. I have an extensive list of left-side assignments for my INBs and these would be great things to include on that kind of list so the students are held accountable for using that "extra" time well.Kathrynhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04301412875277554720noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36651338309367426.post-89117690450834215632013-08-04T16:35:12.156-07:002013-08-04T16:35:12.156-07:00All of us experience what you describe! Sometimes ...All of us experience what you describe! Sometimes I ask the student to discover another way to solve the problem. If I'm well planned then I offer extensions. Perhaps the student could critique his/her work using the 8 mathematical practices. If the student work is accurate, she could also create various levels of practice problems to prepare for the assessment.<br /><br />Thanks for reminding me that I should be doing these things ALL of the time.<br /><br />teacherleadershttp://teacherleaders.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.com