I absolutely LOVE this idea from Miss Trayers at Not Just Child’s Play. She asked her young students to use some of Margaret Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity icons in a frame centered on their moms. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to try it with my own first grade GT students. I broke out our Depth and Complexity stamps, and they went to town. You should have seen the look on one boy’s face when I asked the class to use Multiple Perspectives to think about what it would be like to be a mom. It’s a good bet that’s never been at the top of his list of goals! For more examples, you can click here.
If you are an elementary school teacher who loves to differentiate, I highly recommend “Not Just Child’s Play”. Written by a teacher of gifted Kindergarten students, the posts in this blog always inspire me to keep my expectations high with my own gifted students. This post, on Multiple Perspectives (one of Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity icons), reflects the amazing imagination and creativity we can find in even the youngest of our students.