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Differentiation for the Gifted Learner

 

"The surest path to high self-esteem is to be successful at something you perceived to be difficult.  Unless kids are consistently engaged in challenging work, they will lose the motivation to work  hard."  ~ Dr. Sylvia Rim

 

According to Susan Winebrenner, differentiating learning for gifted students involves adjusting the content, the learning processes, the types of products created and the learning environment through different expectations, places to do their work and assessment practices. 

 

The 4 C's of Gifted Differentiation

 

  • Complexity

  • Curriculum Compacting

  • Creative/Critical Thinking Skills

  • Choice, choice and more choice 

 

Some thoughts about differentiated programming for gifted learners:

 

  • initially, identify the student's areas of interest / strength through individual conferences, student surveys, etc.
  • incorporate the ideas and suggestions of the student when making plans; work as a team to plan appropriate activities
  • make curriculum connections
  • facilitate regular meetings / conference with the student in order to monitor progress, make modifications to the plans, encourage and praise
  • use the student's input in planning and implementing both formative and summative assessments; create the assessment tools along with the student when possible 

 

Ideas for Program Differentiation:

  • use Bloom's Taxonomy of Thinking Skills to create higher level thinking challenges within any given unit or topic of study 
  • create opportunities for peer-tutoring,coaching,teaching
  • encourage student proposed leadership opportunities
  • use Independent Learning Kits or centres within your class
  • provide a resource centre which has an interesting selection of reference texts, science experiment books, etc. which challenge higher level thinking
  • use the computer - these students can often explore new programs and become the expert for their classmates as well as for you
  • offer the chance for them to be news editors for newsletters, etc.
  • encourage the writers to write a short story, novel, play, speech, etc.       .  
  • provide opportunities for Independent Study projects - topic, format, plans, assessment, etc. negotiated between student and teacher - there are many ways these can be used in the classroom - as an alternate activity while the class is done something else, as an ongoing project to be worked on when other work is completed, etc.
  • provide choice by using Extension Menus which offer a variety of ways for students to show their understanding

 

 

Click on the links for more information: 

 

Differentiating Instruction


Differentiating Instruction For Advanced Learners In the Mixed-Ability Classroom

Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Gifted Students

Differentiating-Instruction-for-Gifted-Learners

 

Higher Order Thinking

 
Divergent Thinking Checklist


Convergent Thinking Skills


Bloom's Revised Taxonomy -Chart

 

Bloom Sample Question Starters

 

Bloom's Question Stems

 

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

 

Teaching Strategies

 

Dare to Differentiate - great website with lots of easy to use strategies

 

EXTEND A MENU - extension menus at the click of your mouse!

 

The Differentiator


WORC Document - Differentiating for Gifted Students


Tiered_Curriculum


Rich Performance Tasks

Effective Strategies for Able Students


Quick pathways to put Gifted into your classroom


Purposeful Planning     

 

Susan Winebrenner provides an excellent overview of curriculum compacting in her

 powerpoint presentation.

 

 

 

     

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