I’ve spent the last four years of my education career immersed in gifted education as a practicing teacher of the gifted and a graduate student in gifted education. The more I study the subject, the more I am convinced that every teacher should be required to take gifted education courses to some extent.
Believe me, I realize how busy teachers are and the demands that are placed upon educators. However, if we can make time for professional development, the ...
Summer is an excellent time to learn new skills and sharpen old ones.
Courses in common core standards, classroom management, and differentiated instruction all have their value. However, I’d like to offer a slightly different suggestion for summertime training. Think of it as an opportunity to develop a new skill or gain a new experience, one that might be a little out of the box but could add great value to your classroom.
Let’s face it— many of us feel exhausted by this time of the school year.
Others have mentally checked out.
Your students, in similar fashion, are dreaming of sandy beaches, lemonade, sleeping in late, and playing video games until their fingers hurt.
I call it the “Summer Fever,” and like germs, it’s highly contagious. With standardized testing complete, many students begin to feel like the school year is over. The problem is, it&rs ...
I want to share an idea I had for my gifted students, but I believe would enhance the summer education of any child—and make parents appreciative as well.
After receiving questions about what their gifted child could do over the summer, I proposed the idea of having my students continue their independent research or create new research projects to work on during the summertime. I then provide parents with a project outline that helps both the parent and child navigate t ...
Research has shown that as much as 40 to 50 percent of traditional classroom material can be eliminated for certain students when it comes to science and other core subjects.
That means that these students could essentially start mid-school-year and not miss any new instruction. What that also means is that teachers have the responsibility of identifying these children and doing something different with them.