Stretch and Challenge for All: Practical Resources for Getting the Best Out of Every Student by Torsten Payne is packed with activities to get the most out of learners in any lesson. If you have a class of 30 students, how can you differentiate so that every learner is challenged appropriately? These tried-and-tested techniques are designed to engage and stretch all pupils, including the most able, and can be used with mixed ability groups in any key stage or subject lesson. If you are looking for ideas which will enthuse all students and develop their understanding and thinking skills, this is the book for you.
Torsten set out to write a book that he, as a full-time teacher, would want to use: crammed full of ideas, strategies and resources – all explained as quickly and simply as possible. Designed to reduce teacher workload without compromising on the quality of students’ learning, the photocopiable activities will cut down on planning time and really get students thinking – ensuring that the students work harder than their teacher! The easily accessible resources don’t require a lot of explanation from the teacher and encourage students to think for themselves; developing independence, resilience and metacognitive skills in the process. Some involve group work, while others test students individually. There is no ceiling on the potential for learning: see how far students will stretch themselves when given the challenge.
The activities can be used at any stage of the lesson and include ideas for: interactive aims, stimulating starters, challenging questions, writing strategies to stretch the student, showing the progress, plenaries and revision, and mastering metacognition. Discover practical strategies to add challenge to all types of lesson, across all subjects and key stages.
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