Differentiation for Gifted Learners : Going Beyond the Basics
Differentiation for gifted students significantly differs from the ways in which educators differentiate curriculum and instruction for other students. Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests, and learning styles can be formidable. Differentiating for them must go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice. For the first time, this book connects the unique learning differences among gifted students to the specific teaching methods used to tailor their educational experiences. Topics discussed include real-world problem solving, abstract thinking, interdisciplinary concepts, authentic products, learning autonomy, accountability, grouping practices, affective curriculum, 21st-century skills, Advanced Placement and Honors classes, IB programs, underserved populations, and twice-exceptional learners. Digital content includes PowerPoint presentation and customizable reproducible forms.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 215 x 280 x 15mm | 599g
- 27 Mar 2014
- Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S.
- Minneapolis, United States
- black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
"Heacox and Cash have each made significant contributions to the field of gifted education. Together, they more than double their impact in this thoughtful, easy-to-read book. They use current research to address timely issues like differentiating the Common Core State Standards for high ability students, co-teaching as a collaborative effort, and focusing on assessment as a critical element of the instructional process. They tackle topics not previously discussed like working with immigrant students and designing challenging honors courses for secondary students. This book is full of practical suggestions for classroom teachers, gifted education specialists, and principals. It is a must-have for those eager to go 'Beyond the Basics.'"--Chrystyna V. Mursky, director of professional learning at Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and educational consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
About Diane Heacox
Diane Heacox, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also actively serves as a professional development trainer for both public and private schools on topics related to teaching and learning. She is currently the international facilitator for the Higher Education Network of ASCD and chair of the Middle Level Division of NAGC. Diane's books include "Making Differentiation a Habit and Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom." She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., is a highly sought-after presenter and professional developer who has worked with schools throughout the United States and internationally. Previously, he taught elementary, middle-grade, and graduate students for over 20 years, and served as director of gifted programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. He is the author of "Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century." Richard lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.