ERIC Number: EJ792959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Smart and Bored: Are We Failing Our High Achievers?
Instructor, v117 n5 p28-32 Mar-Apr 2008
Some high achievers are not as easy to engage. Sometimes motivating high achievers is "a matter of being more sensitive to what they are interested in," says Don Ambrose, a professor of education at Rider University in New Jersey. But too often classrooms are not set up for that kind of sensitivity. Research shows that schools are consistently failing to provide opportunities for top students to realize their potential. Teachers are teaching to the bottom half of their classes with perhaps devastating ramifications. In this article, the author discusses how teachers can maximize high achievers' potential without neglecting the other minds in class. She offers several ideas from teachers and experts on how to make a class work on every level.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Academic Achievement, High Achievement, Student Motivation, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, Student Interests, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Pretests Posttests, Cognitive Style, Grade 5
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey