Stretch and Challenge for All 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? If you are looking for ideas which will enthuse students and develop their understanding and thinking skills, this is the book for you. These tried-and-tested techniques are designed to engage and stretch all pupils, including the most able. As most teachers teach mixed ability groups, these activities will stretch all students, regardless of their ability level.
The book is designed to reduce teacher workload without compromising on the quality of students’ learning. Photocopiable activities help to cut down on planning time. Torsten Payne 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. The activities have been chosen using three criteria:
• Are they accessible? Could all students, regardless of their ability, understand the tasks and be able to have a go at completing them without long teacher explanations beforehand?
• Do they make students think for themselves and make their own mental connections? Not only will this make the teacher’s life easier, but it also encourages independence, meaning that students use higher level thinking skills, remember more and learn resilience – all key skills directly linked to progress.
• Do they give students a chance to shine? Every activity here has been chosen precisely because there is not a ceiling on what can be achieved. Instead it is up to students to take each activity as far as their ability allows and to demonstrate just what they are capable of.
Discover practical strategies to add challenge to all types of lesson, across all subjects and key stages.
Suitable for all teachers. This is a photocopiable resource.