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Stretch It

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Effective Practices

Stretch It

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Stretching the response too far can get the teacher or student off topic and derail the conversation from the main objective.  It can also get students discouraged.  Help them stay focused by giving probes or clues to enrich their responses.

Students that lack the content knowledge or vocabulary will struggle stretching their responses. Make sure you introduce or interact with both the content and vocabulary as many times as possible.

Quick Tips

Stretch It can be used as a simple differentiated instructional strategy by tailoring questions to meet students where they are and push them to the next level. 


Teach Like a Champion Technique Summary

Stretch It Video

Probing Questions


Other Strategies

Wait Time

Wait Time refers to a few seconds delay that teachers can add after a question and before a student answers.  How much time you provide is a critical factor in determining the quality of the answers you get and the number of students who participate. (Lemov, 2012)


Probing is a series of questions, which require students to go beyond the first response. Subsequent teacher questions are formed on the basis of the student's response.  Once a student gives a response, probing can help stretch student thinking and have student rethink their answer.  Probing is helpful when students answer incorrectly or give a limited response.


Teacher can ask the same question using different verbage to get the most student responses.  The goal is to encourage students to respond in their own words.


Redirect is when the teacher asks the same question to another student to build on student responses.  This will also refine the original response and extend student thinking.