Proven Strategies That Work for Teaching Gifted and Advanced Learners is a collection of research-based strategies designed for advanced learners in cluster-grouped general education as well as those in self-contained classes for gifted students. The strategies focus on key areas of importance to educators, including assessment, content, instruction, and acceleration of learning. The book is not intended as a textbook, but rather is designed for educators who are looking for strategies they can implement in real-life situations. The strategies encompass a wide variety of topics. The accompanying forms and reproducibles are user-friendly resources designed to help teachers maximize their students' learning. For educators who work with advanced learners, these materials should become a basic, “go-to” resource.
Table of Contents
Introduction Strategies Four-Step Preassessment Preassess With a Topic Web Self-Check: Show Me or Tell Me Ask Two in a Row Hold That Thought I Want to Know Make It Better Vocabulary Stretchers TIPS (Themes, Issues, and Problems) TIPS: Independent Study That’s Interesting Choose It and Do It Strategic Choices Challenge Stations Problem Solve in Steps Online Research What’s Next? ID: Imagine + Do Advanced Mentoring for Advanced Learners In-Class Acceleration References About the Authors
Gail R. Ryser, Ph.D., is a research scientist with the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistical Analysis support area at Texas State University. She has published numerous books, journal articles, and tests in the areas of gifted education, special education, and measurement. She evaluates educational programs and presents at national and regional conferences. She resides in Austin, TX.
Kathleen McConnell is an independent education consultant from Austin, TX. In addition to her work as an author, Kathleen provides staff development and consultation services in the areas of positive behavior intervention, autism spectrum disorders, and gifted/learning disabled. The emphasis in Kathleen's writing and consultation is always on practical strategies for educators.