Do's and Don't's Differentiation
Edutopia is a great resource for educators. I use it frequently to read articles and blogs to learn how to best approach my gifted learners. It also sends emails with activities you can use with your students.
Below is a link to an article about the do's and don't's when teaching gifted students in the general ed. classroom. This will probably be a review for most of you but please take a minute to skim over it. Think about any questions you may have.
* Bonus Questions
* Exit Tickets
One of the best ways to group your students is through pre-assessments. This can be done by using a separate, couple question quiz or you can include a "Bonus" question at the end of a test or quiz that you are already giving. That way you do not have to grade two separate assessments and it will still serve the same purpose. Keep in mind that the students placed in the "high" group within your class, can be different students each week based on the results of the pre-assessment. It may not even include the identified students from time to time. They are not perfect and will have some gap areas as well.
* Standards you are already teaching
* Can be Cross-Curricular
* Choice Boards
The activities that gifted students should be doing in your classrooms will be ones that are extensions or enrichment of the standards that you are teaching that week to your class and they have already mastered. They can also involve cross-curricular activities. If you have assigned a novel for your class. Your advanced students may need a different novel at a higher reading/Lexile level that involves the same theme. Other activities could include a choice board activity based on a them from a novel.
Example: One of my classes is reading the book "Ben and Me" this is about Benjamin Franklin. We will be completing a choice board project for the Revolutionary War to extend this book.
Gifted students are also those students that want to know why they are learning what they are learning. Make sure to give them purpose. They need to understand the purpose behind something in order for it to make sense to them. Take a concept or standard that you are working on and have those students do an activity that allows them to apply that standard/concept in a potential real- world situation.
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