"The author provides a wide range of strategies that make this a must-read for every educator looking to increase the rigor of their learning expectations."—Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA"This is a pick-up-and-use-instantly, teacher-friendly book. I got so excited about the strategies that I immediately began to apply them."—Mary Beth Cary, Teacher of the Gifted, Worth County Primary School, Sylvester, GAA hands-on guide for challenging ALL kids to think, create, and aspire! 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 studentsApply six components of a brain-friendly classroom Build critical thinking skills with the Icons of Depth and Complexity strategy, Socratic questioning and moral dilemmasConnect content through interdisciplinary themes Stimulate creativity with brainstorming activities Foster learning within and beyond the classroom by developing students′ research and study skillsThe 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.