Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Revised & Updated Third Edition)

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Fully revised and updated for a new generation of educators, this is the definitive guide to meeting the learning needs of gifted students in the mixed-abilities classroom— seamlessly and effectively with minimal preparation time. Included are practical, classroom-tested strategies and step-by-step instructions for how to use them. The new edition provides information on using technology for accelerated learning, managing cluster grouping, increasing curriculum rigor, improving assessments, boosting critical and ...

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Overview

Fully revised and updated for a new generation of educators, this is the definitive guide to meeting the learning needs of gifted students in the mixed-abilities classroom— seamlessly and effectively with minimal preparation time. Included are practical, classroom-tested strategies and step-by-step instructions for how to use them. The new edition provides information on using technology for accelerated learning, managing cluster grouping, increasing curriculum rigor, improving assessments, boosting critical and creative thinking skills, and addressing gifted kids with special needs. Already a perennial best seller, this guide’s third edition is sure to be welcomed with open arms by teachers everywhere. Digital content provides a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, customizable reproducible forms from the book, additional extension menus for students in the primary and upper-elementary grades, and a special supplement for parents of gifted children.

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Winner of 2013 Legacy Book™ Award for Educators by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423951
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised, Book with Digital Content
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 84,949
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Winebrenner, M.S., is a former classroom teacher and current full-time consultant in staff development. She presents workshops and seminars nationally and internationally, helping educators translate educational research into classroom practice. Susan is also the author of Differentiating Content for Gifted Learners in Grades 6–12 (CD-ROM) and Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom, and coauthor of The Cluster Grouping Handbook. She lives in San Marcos, California.

Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is a school administrator and the gifted education director for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dina was an elementary classroom teacher, a bilingual teacher, an ESL teacher, and a gifted-cluster teacher. Dina is coauthor of The Cluster Grouping Handbook. She lives in Peoria, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages
List of Figures
Foreword

Introduction
Teaching vs. Learning
The Mystery of the Gifted Underachiever
The Myth of Elitism
Gifted Education Benefits Everyone
What Gifted Students Really Need
About This Book

Chapter 1: Characteristics of Gifted Students
Learning & Behavioral Characteristics
Strategy: The Name Card Method
Perfectionism
Creative Thinkers
Students Who Are Twice-Exceptional
Underachievers
Students Who Are Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD)
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 2: Gifted Students Identify Themselves
Banishing the “B” Word
Identifying Students for Gifted-Cluster Classes
Compacting the Curriculum
Strategy: Most Difficult First
Strategy: Pretests for Volunteers
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 3: Compacting & Differentiation for Skill Work
Strategy: The Learning Contract
Customizing the Learning Contract
Using Contracts with Standards or Problem-Based Math Programs
Strategy: Math Achievement Teams (MATS)
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 4: Compacting & Differentiation in Content Area
Strategy: The Study Guide Method
Tools to Use with the Study Guide Method
Getting Started with the Study Guide Method
Strategy: Allowing All Students to Do Project Work
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 5: Extending Reading & Writing Instruction
Characteristics of Gifted Readers
Reading for Gifted Readers
Strategy: The Contract for Permission to Read Ahead
Strategy: The Contract for Reading Skills & Vocabulary
Strategy: The Reading Activities Menu
Strategy: Using the Study Guide Method for Reading Extension
Strategy: Using Trade Books for Self-Selected Reading
Strategy: Individualized Reading
Vocabulary Activities
Bibliotherapy
Writing for Gifted Writers
Strategy: The Great Friday Afternoon Event
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 6: Planning Curriculum for All Students at the Same Time
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Rigor in the Classroom
Critical & Creative Thinking
Strategy: The Curriculum Differentiation Chart
Strategy: Learning Centers
Strategy: The Socratic Seminar
On Assessments
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 7: “I’m Done. Now What Should I Do?”
Strategy: The Interest Survey
Strategy: The Personal Interest
Independent Study Project
Strategy: The Topic Browsing Planner
Strategy: The Resident Expert Planner
Independent Study Option for the Primary Grades: The 4C Booklet
Using Technology for Independent Study
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 8: Grouping Gifted Students for Learning
Cooperative Learning
Strategy: Placing Gifted Students in Their Own Cooperative Learning Groups
Summary: Cooperative Learning or Heterogeneous Groups?
Cluster Grouping
The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM)
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 9: Et Cetera: Related Issues
Program Delivery Options
Program Management & Record-Keeping
Acceleration
The Qualities of Teachers
Securing Extension Materials
Pull-Out Programs
The Changing Role of the Gifted-Education Specialist
How to Win Support from Parents
Summary
References & Resources

Chapter 10: Parenting Gifted Children
Parenting Issues
Advocating for Your Child at School
Providing a Nurturing Environment
Summary
References & Resources

Conclusion
Additional Resources
Index
About the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Great Resource

    I found this book great in its insights for teaching gifted children. I am the parent of a gifted child, and I bought two copies so that I could give one to my son's teacher. I plan on showing the introductory pages to my child's principal because I think they are quite enlightening on the educational needs of gifted kids. (Note: The particular version that I purchased came with internet links to its accompanying materials, but not an attached CD that was part of the version I found at the library.) Overall, one of the best books I have looked at on this topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Still reading this book, but so far I have been very pleased wit

    Still reading this book, but so far I have been very pleased with the content. It is insightful and practical.

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