1st Edition

A Teacher’s Guide to Supporting Gifted Middle School Students Reaching Adolescents in the Pivotal Years

By DJ Graham Copyright 2023
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

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    A Teacher’s Guide to Supporting Gifted Middle School Students provides insight to help you gain a better understanding of your gifted students during a pivotal time in their development.

    Employing pop culture, personal stories, and prompts for reflection, this text considers major factors impacting gifted middle school students including self-image, the need for differentiated content, the importance of slowing down, the value of mentors, and ways to instill hope during this ‒ more often than not ‒ difficult time. Full of practical examples for how you can work to address both the academic and social-emotional needs of your students, this book champions middle school as an important time for self-discovery and developing passions.

    Engaging and informative, this inspiring new book is a “must read” for all teachers seeking to positively influence their students during this unique and critical time in their lives.

    Acknowledgements  Meet the Author  Foreword  Introduction  1. Lisa Simpson, Calvin, and Spider-Man Walk into a Classroom…  2. Looking in the Mirror and Liking Who You See  3. A Mantra Not Worth Living By  4. Putting it into Practice  5. It’s Elements of Differentiation, My Dear Watson  6. Let There Be Dinosaurs!  7. Lesson Planbook Commentary  8. What’s in a Grade?  9. The Need for Mentors  10. Every Sidekick Needs a Hero  Conclusion  Appendix


    DJ Graham is Principal of the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a middle and high school for gifted learners in Phoenix, Arizona. He provides insights, experience, and guidance as a speaker at state and national education conferences, focusing on the social-emotional and academic needs of gifted adolescents and integrating pop culture into the curriculum.