Making ALL Kids Smarter

  • Title:Making ALL Kids Smarter: Strategies That Help All Students Reach Their Highest Potential
  • Author:John DeLandtsheer
  • Publication Date:November 2011
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781412989039
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

John DeLandtsheer brings 40 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and gifted education specialist to this motivating resource that clearly explains why and how teachers must raise the bar for all students. He provides specific strategies for differentiating instruction within the general classroom to challenge all learners with more rigorous content and creativity, showing teachers how to:

  • Teach to the strengths of all children—including gifted students
  • Apply six components of a brain-friendly classroom
  • Build critical thinking skills with the Icons of Depth and Complexity strategy, Socratic questioning and moral dilemmas
  • Connect content through interdisciplinary themes
  • Stimulate creativity with brainstorming activities
  • Foster learning within and beyond the classroom by developing students' research and study skills

The book provides a broad selection of exercises, activities and lesson plans that work together to create more motivating and engaging learning experiences for all students.


Author Bio

John DeLandtsheer was an elementary school principal for 14 years and served as the gifted and talented education coordinator at the district and county levels. He served as a university instructor and provided training in gifted strategies for all students for over 2000 teachers over a 25 year period. He currently trains teachers in strategies for all students aligned with the Common Core standards.

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