The Challenging Case of Fast Finishers in a Mixed Ability Class

We all have more motivated, fast thinking students in our classes. Often we feel guilty that they can’t advance more as they wait for their classmates to finish the tasks given. I got the idea of more tasks for fast finishers from Pinterest pins. Some teachers prepared posters for them, some had jars with reviewing activities. I liked the idea of the jar but  as I move from class to class, it’s difficult for me to carry a jar along with my huge pencil case. Therefore I decided to have an envelope and fill in with creative writing ideas. I prepared colorful pieces of paper and index cards with topics to write. Even with younger learners, I started collecting wonderful paragraphs. Now I’m planning to have a fast finishers corner in the classrooms to showcase these good examples and praise their work.

Some of the writing activities on my cards are 

Slide1

 

Slide1

 

Slide1

1 Comment on The Challenging Case of Fast Finishers in a Mixed Ability Class

  1. Zhenya
    February 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the simple but powerful idea. I love the reason why this envelope exists and also the tasks themselves (require thinking out of the box and do motivate to start writing!) Question: have you ever tried asking them to bring more tasks like that (suddenly thought that this might become another activity for those who finished earlier) I would love to read what your students write – perhaps in another post on this blog? :-)

    Reply

Leave a Reply