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Developing Strategies for Your Gifted and Talented Students

on February 17, 2013

This week’s ideas are derived from the following two article links:

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/curriculum/enriched/programs/gtld/2010%20Twice%20Exceptional.pdf

http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10436.aspx

The key to a successful classroom is being able to develop different strategies for each of your students so each of them become successful in your classroom. Gifted and talented students can be a complicated community of students. Their talents are often accompanied with disabilities as well. As a well trained teacher, you should be able to create a rewarding learning environment for these students by applying certain strategies to help these students to excel.

The first article is a guidebook created by the Montgomery County schools in Maryland. It is very thorough and detailed guide for teachers on the gifted and talented population. It is a great resource for teachers looking for more information on how to create a strategies for their classroom. It includes strategies for all subject areas that work and those that are less effective. It also spends time discussing disabilities that can accompany students that are gifted and talented.
Good points include: Differentiation, activities focused on interests, learning styles, multi-sensory instruction, hands on, integration of visual and performing arts, journaling, learning centers, interest centers, collaborated rubrics, and self evaluations.

The second article offers a quicker read and focuses mostly on technology as a strategy for the gifted and talented students. It discusses using a virtual learning environment as an enrichment strategy for these students. It recommends some wonderful resources for virtual learning environments, virtual tours, tutorials, thematic units, hyperlinks to online lessons, and online learning games.

Most of the ideas presented in these two articles are very useful for all students, not just students with documented abilities or disabilities. As a music educator, I used all of these strategies to connect with my students. They created an exciting learning environment where all of the students were engaged and excited to participate. I used technology most of the time for enrichment activities for students that completed required tasks before their peers. Webquests and extended tutorials made great extensions to my lesson plans, online games did not. The reason being is that most students in today’s world play online or video games. Yes it works well for students, but when you have students of varied abilities in your room and only some of them are able to complete assigned tasks, it doesn’t work. The slower students watch the faster students complete assigned tasks then move to computers to play games. If you use online educational games for enrichment, plan them for the whole class.

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