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The Role of Teacher Perspective in Educating Gifted Students

“How much does a teacher’s attitude about giftedness affect their teaching of gifted students?” was the first question we considered in this chat. There seemed to be general agreement that it plays a major role in meeting or not meeting the needs of identified gifted learners. The moderator pointed out that gifted students are the ‘group’ of students making the least progress among all groups and that teachers and administrators needed to be made aware of this fact. It was also pointed out that teacher attitude towards gifted children is responsible for a great deal of friction with parents.

A lesser known issue was discussed concerning the interaction between teachers of gifted students and the rest of the faculty. Too often gifted teachers feel isolated. Teachers in Pull-Out Programs may have little interaction with faculty or staff. Negative attitudes based on misplaced views of gifted students spill over into school policy which also affects them.

Suggestions on how to improve the situation included more courses for pre-service teachers in gifted education at the undergraduate level, gifted certification for any teacher involved in teaching gifted students, providing information about giftedness to general education teachers and on-going professional development in gifted education. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Links:

Teacher Perspectives Regarding Gifted Diverse Students

Characteristics/Competencies of Teachers of Gifted Learners: Hong Kong Teacher Perspective (pdf)

Teaching Strategies to Educate Gifted Children (Slideshare)

Teachers’ Attitudes Towards the Gifted: The Importance of P.D. & School Culture (pdf)

Journal of the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children Aug/Dec 2011 (pdf) (multiple articles)

Experimenter Expectations

Pygmalion Effect (Wikipedia)

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Content or Skills: What Constitutes 21st Century Learning for Gifted Students?

During this chat, we discussed what constitutes 21st century learning; content or skills. With access to the Internet putting content at the fingertips of students, it seemed that education may need to change direction. Ultimately, it was agreed that a balance needs to be found between teaching basic information and skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. A transcript may be found here.

Links:

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for 21st-Century Life and Careers (pdf)

What Are 21st Century Skills?

Framework for 21st Century Learning

Understanding of 21st Century Skills and Outcomes

Is the Curriculum Rotten at Its Core?

UK ~ “Michael Gove’s New Curriculum: What the Experts Say

Philippines ~ “Coherence & Knowledge in Basic Education

New Assessments and Environments for Knowledge Building (pdf)

Center on Continuous Instructional Improvement

A Framework for Teachable Collaborative Problem Solving Skills (Draft Only – pdf)

Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create

Learning in 21st Century book cover

On January 25, 2013, Global #gtchat was pleased to host special guests and authors, Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged. Their soon-to-be published book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create, from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was the topic for discussion. It was announced by Corin Goodwin, Executive Director at GHF, that the book would be released on February 18th. It will be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a book and also in Kindle and Nook formats. Participants joined us from 14 states and 5 countries! A full transcript can be found at Storify.

Post Script ~ Global #gtchat celebrated its 3rd Birthday on January 22, 2010! Take a look at the transcript from the 2nd chat on the very first day here. Special thanks to Deborah Mersino for having the foresight to start our chat!

Links:

Engaging Educators website

Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series from GHF Press

More about Ben and Neil at the Engaging Educators Blog

Engaging Educators Blog

Engaging Educators on Facebook

Engaging Educators on Pinterest

Engaging Education: 2013′s Hottest Trend?

Regional Connections: 2013′s Other Hottest Trend?

Going Global: How to Connect Your Classroom to Schools Around the World

Videos from Engaging Educators

Cybraryman’s ISTE Page

Cybraryman’s Google Docs Page

Cybraryman’s Google Hangouts

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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