I teach 5th grade social studies. Our school has a gifted program which pulls kids out of social studies class. The cutoff for that program is an IQ of 120 rather than the normal cutoff of 130. I have ten kids in my class, but all of the top, bright, leader students are in the other class. Having a class discussion is like pulling teeth because no one wants to talk. We reviewed for a test today, and what should have taken 10 minutes took 30 with bored looks and noises all over the place.
Today we went over the study guide. It's a necessary evil. They have to have correct answers so they study the correct information. However, it's a boring procedure.
How do I use technology to spruce it up? Ideas?