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
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.
Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners (Livebinders)
Instructional Strategies for the Gifted (Gifted Dev Ctr) (.pdf)
Tips for Teachers: Successful Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners ( @DavidsonGifted )
Programming Options and Instructional Strategies ( @DukeTIP )
Reading Strategies for Advanced Primary Readers (Kingore) (.pdf)
Gifted Instructional Strategies (Prezi)
Differentiation for High Ability Learners (Slideshare)
The Educator’s Guild from @DavidsonGifted
Assessments from Cybraryman1
Differentiated Instruction from Cybraryman1
Teaching Strategies to Educate Gifted Children (Slideshare)
Project-Based Learning from Cybraryman1
Problem-Based Learning (Creative Thinking) from Cybraryman1
Socratic Seminar from Cybraryman1
Response to Intervention from Cybraryman1