I talked to students today who have very high grades and levels of mastery of various subjects in my Algebra 1 class. Because of that, they have been given a separate assignment to the other students in the room: they are to complete either a more rigorous Algebra example problem or to research and write a paper on a topic of their choosing related to mathematics. In the past, I've had a few students do this and receive some high marks and demonstrated their knowledge well. I look forward to seeing what they have to offer in a couple of weeks when they are finnished.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!