Many educators and parents are often quick to jump onto online games, free worksheets and you tube tutorials to help support mathematics.
But what about gifted students?
At times, most gifted students do need support from a teacher in the classroom – even if it is a quick five minute lesson.
But do they need online games at harder levels or harder worksheets as homework or as a fast finisher activity?
The answer is mostly, no.
Any gifted mathematician, once they understand the topic or new skill only need a small amount of drill and practice to master and from there it is up to the educators to give them tasks that allow them to use this new knowledge.
This can be done through
– Problem Solving
– Real world tasks
– Projects that embed the new skill/s
Some examples that I have used in the classroom and online
- Measurement: Stage 3 – Length, Area and Perimeter
My group of students had understood how to measure length, perimeter and area and from this were given the task of finding these dimensions in their own bedroom BUT – Let’s add challenge by increasing the parameters: I gave them the task to design their own tiny house. These houses have a set area of 40m2. They also had to use furniture that they had to buy from a particular homewares shop. So not only are they using their knowledge, they are also problem solving with a real world task. The students had fun and enjoyed the challenge. https://aussietinyhouses.com.au/tiny-houses/casuarina-84/
2. Measurement – Time – Stage 2
This group of students understood how to tell the time on an analog clock. The main class were given the task of making their own clock to use the learnt skills but this group were asked to design a clock or a set of clocks that would help people to know what the time was in other countries. From here they had to decide the best time for the people in the different countries to call each other. Another additional activity is to challenge these students with elapsed time such as I started lunch at 1:27pm and ate for 1 hour and 17 minutes. What time did I finish?
There is no excuse for extra worksheets – problem solving and real world activities are the answer.
If you would like me to support you at your school or as a parent need support to talk to your school, please do not hesitate to contact me.