Top 10 tips for teaching bright children

  1. Find out what they know before you teach them. This will prevent reteaching what a pupil already knows.
  2. Remove drill from their lives. Bright pupils learn and retain a concept the first time it is presented to them. Allow them to move on to something else while you consolidate concepts with the rest of the class.
  3. Pace instruction at the rate of the learner. Pupils progress at different rates. Allow them to progress at their own rate.
  4. Use discovery learning techniques. Use Inductive Learning strategies to allow pupils to use thinking skills to reach conclusions.
  5. Allow them to arrive at answers in their own way. Bright pupils enjoy devising their own problem-solving techniques.
  6. Allow pupils to form their own cooperative learning groups. Avoid always making the brightest pupil in the group responsible for the whole group’s learning. Allow them to sometimes choose their own groups and work with other bright, motivated pupils.
  7. Design an individual education plan. This will cater to different learning rates.
  8. Teach them the art of argument. Since bright pupils have a tendency to argue anyway, teach them to understand when it is appropriate to argue and also to understand when it is appropriate to argue and also to understand the reaction of others to their argumentativeness.
  9. Allow pupils to observe. Provide pupils with opportunities to observe and don’t demand immediate answers.
  10. Be flexible in designing programmes. Provide your pupils with a variety of programme alternatives, such as independent study, special classes mentoring and enrichment and extension activities.
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Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom, 9-11 Year Olds

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Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom, 7-9 Year Olds

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Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom, 5-7 Year Olds

 

 

 

 

These ideas have been taken from Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom, published by Brilliant Publications. The series includes activities, teaching notes and photocopiable worksheets on a variety of classroom strategies. The activities included are designed to enrich and extend the thinking strategies of the entire class, with in-built opportunities to challenge the skills of the highest achievers.

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