Setting challenging tasks and assignments
Honors programs offer students ways to develop their academic competences that differ from learning experiences made in regular classrooms.
Talented students need to be challenged in order to develop further. Therefore, a teacher should give students something to think about. The challenging task given can include various social forms and disciplines.
If interdisciplinary techniques, field practice and theoretical knowledge are included when tasks are developed, students need to change perspectives, work together and approach possible solutions from different angles in order to solve the given problem. They will be challenged on a higher level. Students will learn that struggles and failures are part of the learning process which leads them to a satisfying solution.
As a teacher you should guide the students’ learning process as much as it is required instead of offering ready-made solutions directly from the beginning.
International Centre of the Study of Giftedness at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster
Vivian Marielle van Gerven – Teacher Educational Sciences
Judith Wenker – Student of Teacher Training (subjects History & English)
Carolin Böckers – Student of Teacher Training (subjects English & Mathematics)
Pictures: Eyline Bartl, Steffen Vollmar, Friederike Rogge, Oliver Eschhaus, Carolin Böckers, Judith Wenker, Vivian M. van Gerven