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Differentiation of Learning for the Gifted

Summary of differentiation strategies to benefit gifted learners in the classroom.
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Keri Robbins

on 25 June 2013

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Transcript of Differentiation of Learning for the Gifted

Differentiation
"The content of a curriculum includes concepts, ideas, strategies, images, and information presented to students." (Maker & Nielson, p. 69)
Content
"Products (output) are a natural result of the content (input) and are the end result of processes used to develop knowledge." (Maker & Nielson, p. 135)
Product
"Learning environment modifications are essential if teachers wish to meet the needs of gifted students effectively." (Maker & Nielson, p. 29)
Learning
Environment
"Process, or methodology, is the way educators teach and the ways students use information." (Maker & Nielson, p. 97)
Process
To meet the diverse needs of the gifted learners in your classroom...
Meeting the Needs of the Gifted Learner
10.) Rather than teacher-centered, the focus of the class must be on the students!
9.) Complexity must be the priority of a classroom accommodating gifted learners; the tasks should be complex, the thinking should be complex, even the room should be complex!
8.) Flexibility is key! Allow different seating options, lenient time constraints, flexible grouping, etc. to engage your gifted learners.
7.) Change it up! Gifted students thrive off of variety - in topics of learning, delivery of instruction, and problem types.
6.) Integration is key! By connecting different content areas into one area of study, gifted learners are more likely to be engaged, as well as make elaborate real-world connections.
5.) Allow gifted students to discover! Gifted students benefit from inquiry-based, or problem-based learning that allows them to construct their own meanings and connections.
4.) Allow students to interact as part of a group. "These structured, group-interaction activities provide a setting in which gifted students can learn valuable social and leadership skills, develop interpersonal intelligence, and become more empathetic."
3.) Gifted students must see the real-world relevance of their learning, therefore their products should focus on real-world issues.
2.) Evaluation of the gifted learner should be fair and multi-faceted. Consider options such as rubrics and portfolios when conducting evaluations. Also, give gifted students the opportunity for self-reflection.
1.) Choice is key! I think choice is the key component in teaching any gifted student effectively. Allow students to choose the path by which they would best enjoy showing mastery.
DARE TO DIFFERENTIATE!
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