Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #3
Stretch It


“Asking frequent, targeted, rigorous questions of students as they demonstrate mastery is a powerful and much simpler tool for differentiating.”


KEY IDEA:  The sequence of learning does not end with a right answer; reward right answers with follow-up questions that extend knowledge and test for reliability.  This technique is especially important for differentiating instruction.


The sequence of learning does not end with a right answer; reward right answers with follow-up questions that extend knowledge and test for reliability.  This technique is especially important for differentiating instruction.  This helps the teacher check the students understanding and for those that already have mastery can be pushed ahead applying their knowledge.

Ways to stretch it:

  • Ask how or why  (how did you get that)
  • Ask for another way to answer or get the solution.
  • Ask for a better word.
  • Ask for evidence.  You don’t have to agree with them, just ask for proof.
  • Ask students to integrate a related skill.
  • Ask students to apply the same skill in a new setting.




From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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