This chat was spirited from the very beginning. The first question asked participants to define the term ‘rigor’ and many different perspectives were expressed. In terms of this topic, most could agree that rigor was academic challenge that needed to be tailored to the individual student. All were in agreement that more rigor was needed at the secondary level. According to Kingore, we need rigor to reverse learned ‘habits of mind’ from ‘the least I can do’ to higher-level thinking.
Instructional strategies mentioned included differentiation, Socratic learning and Problem/Project-based Learning. Students need to have increased opportunities to apply learning to real-life situations making learning relevant to their lives. Schools need to provide equitable access to many possibilities including additional rigorous courses for advanced learners. Educators need time to collaborate to ensure the organization and sequencing of curriculum.
It was noted that sometimes increasing rigor can unintentionally promote failure and frustration when it is perceived as more work, more difficult work and too fast-paced instruction. Well planned implementation was seen as key.
Although it was suggested that an increase of rigor and subsequent instructional strategies would be good for all students, it was noted that gifted students still need greater depth and complexity in their studies. A full transcript can be found on this blog.
High School Reform and Gifted Students from @DukeTIP
“Introducing Depth and Complexity” from @ByrdseedGifted
“Go Deeper! Get More Complex” from @ByrdseedGifted
“Transforming Textbook Questions” from @ByrdseedGifted
Learning by Designing Games (with useful resources, #GBL)
Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? From @edutopia
Our chat on ‘Curriculum Differentiation’ began by discussing what differentiation was and noted that differentiation can be based on students, curriculum, instruction or learning environment. (Kaplan) You can differentiate where, content, resources and product. (Byrdseed Gifted) The transcript may be found here.
Special thanks goes to Leslie Graves for her substantial contribution of pertinent links to this chat to add to those provided by the moderator. Teachers will find these links a great resource in learning about differentiation for gifted students.
Differentiation of Instruction From @HoagiesGifted
The Concept of Differentiation (Tempo – TAGT)
Four Ways to Differentiate Objectives From @Byrdseed Gifted
The Differentiator From @Byrdseed Gifted
Developing Mathematical Talent: They Don’t Have to Be Bored to Tears Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik (pdf -CMU)
How The Gifted Brain Learns (Sousa) (Amazon)
Tips for Parents: The Gifted Brain & Learning: At Home and at School
Differentiated Instruction from @cybraryman1
Helping Gifted Kids Soar (pdf)
Books by Laurie Westphal