Bridges Blog Archive for Gifted

How to Challenge Your Students in the Moment

How to Challenge Your Students in the MomentWe all have those kids who just come to us as “naturals.” You know, the students who just seem to acquire learning without prompting or much instruction. Often, they enter kindergarten with incredible number sense already.


Polydron Power!

Portland Public School kindergarten teacher Nicki Eybel recently sent us a great question:

My kindergarten students LOVE Polydron sets. They seem like a fairly "limited" material. The students make boxes and fill them with...well, lots. Then they build pyramid roofs and that's all. Do you have any suggestions to scaffold Polydron learning at this time of year? Or, are we on the "right track" in Room 12?


When the Girls Get Loud

When the Girls Get LoudWhen I reflect on the overall pattern of my math lessons, I notice that instruction happens through my interaction with individuals and small groups, as well as through whole group presentations and accompanying class discussion. Knowing that, I worry that some students may be demanding and receiving more of my attention than others.


Exciting Misconceptions

Are you wondering how in the world a student’s misconception could stir enthusiasm in their teacher?


Holiday Math Countdown 2012

Every year the NRICH site from the University of Cambridge publishes an online holiday calendar containing a daily math challenge for December 1-24. A few activities require a partner and dice, but most are problem solving questions that could be used by a single child up to a large group.


Number Riddle Math Detectives

Modify this number riddle activity to fit any grade level...


Illuminations Game: Flip-n-Slide

During the month of November, fourth graders observe a "Tumbling Triangle." This Calendar Grid activity depicts a single triangle in a different location on a quadrant grid each day as it moves through a series of transformations: slides, turns, and flips. Through the pattern, students develop language and concepts of motion geometry.


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