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Introducing Rigor at the Secondary Level

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.

 

Links:

Differentiating Instruction To Promote Rigor/Engagement For Advanced/Gifted Students 

Lift the Ceiling Increase Rigor with Critical Thinking Skills (pdf)

Differentiation at the Secondary Level (pdf)

Increase Complexity and Rigor in Tiered Assignments

Encouraging Achievement: Igniting Student Passion for Learning (Coil) (pdf)

Before and After the Walkthrough: What to Do to Improve Instructional Rigor (pdf)

Getting Rigor Right: Academic Challenge without the Backlash of Failure (pdf)

Increasing Rigor Throughout the Lesson: Data-Driven Classroom Best Practice

Rigor Redefined

A Resuscitation of Gifted Education (pdf)

High School Reform and Gifted Students from @DukeTIP

Introduction to Curriculum for Gifted & Talented Students (pdf)

Introducing Depth and Complexity” from @ByrdseedGifted

Go Deeper! Get More Complex” from @ByrdseedGifted

Transforming Textbook Questions” from @ByrdseedGifted

Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education

This week’s chat centered on Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education. Although there were many more strategies that could have been discussed, we concentrated on Assessment, Grouping, Differentiation, PBL (Problem/Project-based), Socratic Learning & RtI (Response to Intervention). The transcript can be found here.

Teaching High Ability Students in Your Classroom (video)

Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners (Livebinders) 

Instructional Strategies for the Gifted (Gifted Dev Ctr) (.pdf)

Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students (Intel)

Tips for Teachers: Successful Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners ( @DavidsonGifted )

Gifted & Talented and Differentiation

Gifted Education Strategies: What the Research Says (NAGC)

Texas Performance Standards Project 

Programming Options and Instructional Strategies ( @DukeTIP )

Curriculum & Instructional Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students (Prezi)

Reading Strategies for Advanced Primary Readers (Kingore) (.pdf) 

Response to Intervention and Gifted and Talented Education (.pdf) 

Gifted Instructional Strategies (Prezi) 

Differentiating for High-Ability Learners (Video)

Indiana Program Standards for High Ability Education

Differentiation for High Ability Learners (Slideshare)

Successful Educational Programs & Strategies for High Ability Students (2000/2006)

Providing Curriculum Alternatives to Motivate Gifted Students (1994)

Differentiating Instruction for High Ability and Gifted Students

Lesson Plans & Resources for Teaching Gifted & Talented Students

The Educator’s Guild from @DavidsonGifted

Creative Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners

Two Learning Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students (Slideshare)

Enhancing Instruction for Gifted Students Through Project-Based Learning

The Socratic Method as an Approach to Learning and Its Benefits

The Role of Socratic Questioning in Thinking, Teaching, and Learning

Assessments from Cybraryman1

Differentiated Instruction from Cybraryman1

Teaching Strategies to Educate Gifted Children (Slideshare)

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities

Reading Instruction with Gifted and Talented Readers (.pdf) 

Project-Based Learning from Cybraryman1

Problem-Based Learning (Creative Thinking)  from Cybraryman1

Literacy Strategies for Gifted Learners

Socratic Seminar from Cybraryman1

Reach Every Child

Reading Projects for Gifted and Talented Students

Secondary Gifted and Talented – Classroom Practice (video)

Response to Intervention from Cybraryman1

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom

Maximizing Gifted Students’ Potential in the 21st Century

Mathematically Gifted Students: How Can We Meet Their Needs?

South Carolina Gifted and Talented Best Practices Manual (.pdf)

The Best Practices Manual For Gifted and Talented Programs in Idaho (.pdf)

NAGC Legislative Advocacy Students

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