1st Edition

Quests and Quandaries Intellectual Pursuits and Problem-Based Learning for Advanced and Gifted Students

By Jason S. McIntosh Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    224 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    Take your students on a learning journey to discover their personal intellectual interests and develop expertise. Using a research- based approach, the lessons in Quests and Quandaries are designed to teach students how to think and behave as a scholar. Along the way, students will write SMART goals, use the Depth and Complexity Icons to conduct research, solve problems using the steps in the problem-based learning model, and synthesize what they learn into an Expertise Expo project/presentation.

    Designed for gifted students in grades six and up using the National Common Core Standards for Language Arts and NAGC's Learning and Development Standards this unit will guide teachers through the process of helping students’ identify an area of interest and then develop expertise over the course of a quarter, semester, or year.

    Teacher friendly with supplemental resources and tips for how to use the unit online, this book is a must have for educators looking for an engaging, student-centered curriculum for their classroom.

    Standard and Objectives
    Master Materials List
    1. A Hungry Mind
    2. Investigating Individual Interests
    3. The Power-Level Profile
    4. What is a Scholar?
    5. It’s Decision Time
    6. S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Smart Students
    7. Unanswered No More
    8. The Governor’s Invitation
    9. The Lexicon of Learning
    10. The Power of Perspective
    11. Morals, Ethics, and Controversies… Oh My!
    12. Zonks or Zillions
    13. You Can’t Stop the Clock
    14. Patterns Within Patterns
    15. The Ups and Downs of Research
    16. Everything’s Connected
    17. Zooming Out
    18. Research Wrap Up
    19. Envisioning the Future
    20. Itching to Iterate
    21. Silo Demolition
    22. Reflect then Perfect
    23. Appraising Your Progress
    24. A Problem-Solving Palooza
    25. Choose Your Own “Problem”
    26. A Truncated Trial Run
    27. Presentation Day
    28. Crossing the Finish Line
    Depth and Complexity Model Research Notebook
    My Plan to Become a Scholar Workbook
    About the Author


    Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D., is an experienced educator and passionate advocate for gifted education. He has served as a gifted coordinator and Director of Advanced Learning Experiences for several school districts in Arizona. To find out more about his latest curriculum projects, please visit his website at www.notmoreofthesame.com.