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  1. The Gifted Learner in the Regular Classroom Challenging Through Content, Process, and Product

  2. “Every pedagogical method we’ve used with gifted kids over the years is now considered state-of-the-art for all kids. Project work, providing meaningful choices, self-directed learning, literature-based reading, problem-based curriculum--were all born in gifted education programs.” Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm Education of the Gifted and Talented

  3. Ask Yourself These Questions • Do you believe that all students you teach should learn something new on a regular basis? • Do you want all of your students to enjoy high self esteem as part of their learning experience?

  4. Student Differences • Students vary in readiness, interest, and learning profile. • Readiness refers to a student’s entry points relative to a particular understanding or skill. • Interest of the student increases motivation. • Learning profile refers to which modalities students employ in order to learn.

  5. Learner Traits cause Learner Needs require Appropriate Teacher Response in terms of Content Process Product

  6. Differentiation is... 704 KAR 3:285, Programs for the Gifted and Talented “a method through which educators shall establish a specific, well-thought-out match between learner characteristics in terms of abilities, interests, and needs, and curriculum opportunities in terms of enrichment and acceleration options which maximize learning experiences.”

  7. A Continuum of Differentiated Instruction • Non-Differentiated • all of the students need the same teaching/learning • class works as a whole on most materials, exercises, projects • group pacing and grading standards • Micro-Diff • adjusting ?s in discussion • encouraging kids to experiment • variations in grade expectations • students pick groups • some flexible pacing • Macro-Diff • planned assessment • compacting • variable pacing • consistent use of flexible grouping • grading reflect individual growth

  8. Today’s Purpose: To Challenge ALL LEARNERS through CONTENT, PROCESS, and PRODUCT

  9. Content Modification Strategies • Varied graphic organizers • Negotiated criteria for quality • Mentorships • Compacting or Contracts • Tiered or Scaffolded Assignment • Homework Options • Small-Group Instruction or Investigation

  10. Example #1: Jigsawing • Cooperative (content) strategy • Students work with peers to study 1 facet of a topic. They then return to their “home-base” group for sharing what they’ve learned. Students in the group are responsible for reporting their specialty topic and for learning what others report. • Allows for demonstration of preferred learning modalities

  11. Example #2: Compacting • Assess what a student knows about material to be studied and what the student needs to master (pretest/most difficult first) • make a plan for learning what is not known and excuses the student from what is mastered (contract) • provide opportunity for freed-up time to be spent in enrichment or extensions

  12. Process Modification Strategies • Varying level of questioning in oral and written assignments • Tiered Assignments • Simulations • Group Investigation • Learning Centers • Flexible Groupings

  13. Example #3: Questions on the Move • Varies depth of question • Student must assign a value to the response and justify the value placed upon it.

  14. "Students Should Be Proud That They Have A Question, Rather Than Pleased That They Have An Answer." Janice Szabos

  15. Example #4: Active Questioning • Personification technique prompts students to look from a different point of view. • What if…? method allows for creative thinking and divergent responses • Was it Possible? Motivates students to sharpen their research skills with questions that stimulate curiosity

  16. Product Modification Strategies • Varied Products • Varied Rubrics • Independent Study • Small Group Projects • Student Selections • Product Sharing Modalities

  17. Example #5: Beyond the Poster... • Product Planner • Product Description • Ask an Expert • Product Criteria Grid • Product Evaluation Rubric • Places to Display Products • Student Product Inventory

  18. Resources Available to You • Program of Studies Implementation Manual (available on KDE web site) • Professional Library Resources (all schools) • Gifted Education Resource Teachers • Kentucky Association for Gifted Educators web site (

  19. Start small -- Build on Successes Extend…Replace…Supplement.. learning BEYOND the standard curriculum.