Audience: K -12 Teachers

Delivery Method: Online

Gifted students are likely to receive the majority of their education in a regular classroom setting, due to both a prevalent philosophy committed to heterogeneous classes and lack of funding for specialized programs. These trends make it incumbent upon the classroom teacher to have a working knowledge of instructional models and differentiation strategies that will provide challenge for advanced learners.

This course is designed to look at instructional models and strategies for differentiating the curriculum for the gifted learner. Instructional models will be an overview of creative thinking, creative problem solving, critical thinking, teaching for intelligent behavior, and interdisciplinary curriculum. Instructional strategies will be an overview of comp acting, tiered activities , higher order questioning strategies, adding depth and complexity, and flexible grouping strategies. Current research and best practice discussions will the participants to able to identify essential elements necessary in the curriculum to add rigor and effectively meet the needs of the gifted learner in the classroom setting.

How does a school district find students to service in a gifted program? This is the primary question each district must address when offering any gifted education services. This course will include an overview of the current theories of intelligences and the strategies for finding gifted learners from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Participants will investigate informal and formal assessment tools to determine which best fit the needs in their district. Ideas for developing an identification/assessment process sensitive to all populations will also be shared.

The 2010 NAGC standards include inquiry learning as a priority curricular option for gifted students. Inquiry is defined as the pursuit of an unanswered question that is grounded in primary research, and tends to be trans-disciplinary in nature. Participants in this class will explore the elements of quality inquiry, experience the inquiry process, measure the quality of exemplars of the inquiry process, and develop quality metrics to measure inquiry quality. Through this learning, participants will be able to implement and support inquiry learning with all of their students.