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.
What if I told you there was a way to engage students in real-world learning and build their confidence, please parents (even the demanding ones), promote your school, and keep school administrators happy in one fell swoop?
You would probably think I was going to follow up by selling you a get-rich quick scheme like on those late night infomercials, right?
I know it sounds too good to be true—but stay with me for a moment.
Unfortunately, with testing pressures and varied instructional approaches, the process of discovering and mastering new skills and information is often contrived and, frankly, learned in an unnatural manner.
During his three decades of research into gifted education, Dr. Joseph Renzulli developed what is known as the Schoolwide Enrichment Model or SEM. Within that model, he explains that there are three typ ...