How the Gifted Brain Learns

How the Gifted Brain Learns

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'Pulls many areas of gifted research, knowledge, and applications together in a clear and concise manner. This is a one-stop book for teachers who have high-ability/gifted students in a classroom and need to understand how these students' brains work and how to plan effective instruction' - Mary Beth Cary, Teacher, Worth County Primary School, Sylvester GA

What does it mean to be gifted and talented? The second edition of David Sousa's best-selling How the Gifted Brain Learns helps bring clarity to this topic, leveraging the latest neuroscientific findings to separate fact from fiction and provide teachers with practical strategies for engaging artistically and intellectually advanced learners.

This reader-friendly guide gives elementary and secondary teachers the help they need to not only recognize and challenge their gifted learners, but also to support gifted students who underachieve. Acknowledging that students are often gifted in specific subject areas, the text includes chapters dedicated to talents in language, math, and the arts. Special "From the Desk of a Teacher" sections offer classroom-tested examples of the instructional applications suggested by research. In addition to featuring new research and expanded curriculum ideas, this second edition helps answer questions about:

- How the brains of gifted students are different

- How to gauge if gifted students are being adequately challenged

- How to identify students who are both gifted and learning disabled

- How improving programmes for the gifted and talented benefits other students

- How to better identify gifted minority students, who are often underrepresented in gifted programmes

This resource is a one-stop shop of brain-compatible strategies for teaching the full range of gifted students!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 18.29mm | 790g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 141297173X
  • 9781412971737
  • 246,013

Table of contents

About the Author
Preface to the Second Edition
What Do We Mean by Gifted and Talented?
Gifted and Talented Programs in Today's Schools
About This Book
1. What Is a Gifted Brain?
Understanding Intelligence
Theories of Intelligence and Giftedness
Characteristics of Giftedness
Social and Emotional Characteristics of Giftedness
Impact of Praise on Gifted Students
2. Challenging the Gifted Brain
Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
A Supportive Learning Environment
Curriculum Content Initiatives for Gifted Learners
Instructional Processes for Gifted Learners
The Products of Gifted Learners
Gifted Visual-Spatial Learners
Avoiding the Pitfall of Academics Versus the Arts
3. Underachieving Gifted Students
What Is Underachievement?
Some Causes of Underachievement
Identifying Gifted Underachievers
Underachievement Among Gifted Minority Students
Reversing Patterns of Underachievement
4. The Twice-Exceptional Brain
Identifying Twice-Exceptional Students
Giftedness and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Giftedness and Autism
5. Language Talent
Sources of Language Ability
Identifying Students Gifted in Language Arts
Developing Language Ability
6. Mathematical Talent
Number Sense Is an Innate Capability
Mathematical Thinking and the Brain
Identifying the Mathematically Gifted
Teaching the Mathematically Gifted
7. Artistic Talent
The Arts for All Students
Musical Talent
Reading and Memorizing Music
Developing Musically Talented Students
Dance Talent
Theatrical Talent
Visual Art Talent
8. Putting It All Together
Identifying Gifted Students
Developing the Learning Environment
Strategies for the Gifted in the Inclusive Classroom
Where Do We Go From Here?
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"Brain research is changing the way teachers respond to student needs, and this book deals with the topic well. The biological descriptions of brain anatomy were simplified so that non-science educators could comprehend the research with the author's ideas on implications. While the book is intended to focus on identifying and educating gifted and talented students, it also provides insights for instruction of all students." -- Debra K. Las, Science Teacher "Pulls many areas of gifted research, knowledge, and applications together in a clear and concise manner. This is a one-stop book for teachers who have high-ability/gifted students in a classroom and need to understand how these students' brains work and how to plan effective instruction." -- Mary Beth Cary, Teacher "I loved this book. It expands the reader's definition of what it means to be gifted. Many schools focus only on academic giftedness, but this book has very practical ways to help students gifted in the arts utilize their talents. Sousa provides enough information to help someone who has never developed a gifted program before get started, and yet challenges the reader's preconceived notions enough to help a school with a rich gifted program have discussions that will improve the existing program." -- Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal "Each chapter offers the practitioner page after page of suggestions on how to apply the research discussed to educational practice. The applications sections are extremely intriguing and offer more than the traditional 'discovery learning' approach to teaching these remarkable children." -- J. D. Neal "A great book to use to assist preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and administrators with ways to meet the needs of all types of gifted learners." -- Thea H. Williams-Black, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
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About David A. Sousa

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.
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