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Help. My students are smarter than me...

Feb 27, 2013 10:55am

I am teaching a new class (for me) and have a few students who are more knowledgeable than me about the subject. Because of their schedule I'm the only option at this time slot. How can I keep them motivated and not lose the other students without doubling my work for each class session?

  • Other
  • 9-12
  • Differentiation / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning

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    • Feb 28, 2013 7:22am

      What is the content you are teaching? I am curious!

      • Feb 28, 2013 7:23am

        Math - all levels in high school. What about you?

        • Feb 28, 2013 1:23pm

          Thanks for the input...it helps. Teaching is humble work!

          • Mar 8, 2013 11:31pm

            I have found that forming learning teams around knowledgeable students works well.

            The keys seem to be assigning a specific task or question; requiring a specific deliverable from the team; and having a specific time period to complete the tasks. Using 5 minute blocks works well for adult learners.

            This approach allows me to use students' expertise to make a valuable contribution.