Designed to help primary teachers value and support the unique experiences and learning styles of diverse young learners, this book offers strategies for promoting intellectual discovery and creative thinking across key discipline areas, tackles issues related to underserved students, and discusses differentiated technology use. This second edition:Includes new charts with strategies for differentiating lessons in math, science, social studies, and language arts Presents new focus questions to help teachers clarify their own priorities and target student needs efficiently Offers Web sites for further reference
With contributions from experienced educators, this book helps elementary school teachers use creative methods to enhance gifted students’ learning and stimulate higher-level thinking, discovery, and invention. Linked to curriculum standards, the numerous ready-to-use strategies, activities, and examples help teachers:Inspire students in reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts Tie creative processes to learning outcomes Incorporate technology into instruction where appropriate Encourage students to explore new avenues for thinking and learning
How do you nurture the gifts and talents of the growing population of Hispanic students? This book provides teachers and leaders with the skills needed to uncover each child’s abilities and ultimately boost achievement for gifted Spanish-speaking students. Packed with strategies that teachers can use immediately to enhance instruction and assessment, this book shows how to:Recognize students’ unique strengths Identify and develop the gifts of bilingualism and different cultures Create challenging learning experiences for every student in the class Adapt tools and strategies to meet each learner’s unique needs Connect with parents and the greater Spanish-speaking community
“The amazing story of an unbelievable boy . . . The world that opens up to us through his story is both fascinating and slightly terrifying . . . but in a good way. You won’t be able to walk away from this tale.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Imagine if cartoon whiz kid Jimmy Neutron were real and had a brainchild with MacGyver and his adolescence got told as a rollicking bildungsroman about American prodigies and DIY nuclear reactors—well, that’s this book.” —Jack Hitt, author of Bunch of Amateurs
By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis inspired him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson’s story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids?
In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor’s extraordinary journey—from his Arkansas home, to a unique public high school just for academic superstars, to the present, when Wilson is designing devices to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material and inspiring a new generation to take on the challenges of science.
“Clynes guides us on an engrossing journey to the outer realms of science and parenting. The Boy Who Played with Fusion is a fascinating exploration of ‘giftedness’ and all its consequences.” —Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish and American Catch
“An essential contribution to our understanding of the most important underlying questions about the development of giftedness, talent, creativity, and intelligence.” —Psychology Today
Millions of children--one in five--have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy. Named after Thomas Edison--who flunked out of school only to harness his talents and give the world some of its finest inventions--the Edison trait is on the rise in our younger generation.
The heart of the issue is that they think divergently--they overflow with many ideas--while schools, organized activities, and routines of daily living reward convergent thinking, which focuses on one idea at a time. Drawing on examples from more than two decades of private practice, Dr. Palladino helps us cope with this challenging aspect of our child's intellect and personality, explaining in clear terms:
- The three Edison-trait personality types: dreamers, discoverers, and dynamos
- The eight steps to understanding, reaching, and teaching your Edison-trait child
- The connection between the Edison trait and A.D.D.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Linda Silverman is an articulate, insightful, authoritative, and extremely "gifted" international expert in the assessment of giftedness...[She] has created a gem with Giftedness 101. The fields of psychology and education should welcome this vibrant book with open arms."
Alan S. Kaufman, PhD
Yale Child Study Center
School of Medicine
"This is a really terrific book! I'm really impressed at how much information has been packed into it, how accessible it is (without talking down to the audience), and how well the author has parsed the many key issues in the world of giftedness. Parents and mental health professionals with find this book incredibly useful. I look forward to sharing it far and wide. I think it is a book that was badly needed and will really fill a niche."
CEO & Executive Director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
This is the most thorough history, explanation, and call to action for gifted advocates you will find."--Laughing at Chaos Blog
What is giftedness? Is it the potential for success or is it the experience of being an "outsider"? This book addresses the unique psychological needs of gifted children, which are often manifested as "feeling different," and examines special issues such as gifted children with learning disabilities, gender considerations, implications of socio-economic status, and more.
Giftedness 101 dispels common myths about giftedness and challenges the view that eminence is the true signifier of giftedness. It offers specific guidelines to psychologists, parents, and teachers; describes comprehensive assessment of the gifted; provides support for the twice exceptional; and focuses on the complex inner world of the gifted. The book defines giftedness as a psychological reality with powerful ramifications throughout the lifespan. Giftedness 101 will be a valuable, eye-opening resource for psychologists, educators, and other professionals who work with the gifted, as well as gifted individuals and their families.Key Features:
Provides a concise, accessible overview of one of the most important and challenging topics in psychology and education Examines the concept of giftedness across the lifespan Covers both the intellectual assessment and development of gifted individuals as well as the psychological well-being issues of this population Written by a prominent expert in the field of the psychology of giftedness
This practical book describes the characteristics of specific disorders, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, Rett syndrome, and Asperger syndrome. Other topics include:Overview of effective interventions Creating quality educational programs and collaborating with parents Strategies for classroom management, communication development, and social skills Characteristics, learning styles, and intervention strategiesBehavior and discipline issuesFacilitating inclusionSpecific instructional approachesBehavioral, skill-based, and physiologically based intervention modelsAssistive technology optionsSupport services for transition from high school to adult life
Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders addresses the most significant, everyday challenges that general and special education teachers face in reaching students with ASD.
• Common Core State Standards—Updated coverage includes guidelines for teaching for creativity within a culture of educational standards.
• Technology—Each chapter now includes tips for teaching with technology in ways that support creativity.
• Assessment—A new, full chapter on assessment provides strategies for assessing creativity and ideas for classroom assessment that support creativity.
• Creativity in the Classroom Models—New graphics highlight the relationships among creativity, learning for understanding, and motivation.
The 5th edition of this well-loved text continues in the tradition of its predecessors, providing both theoretical and practical material that will be useful to teachers for years to come.
Upper Elementary through High School.
The school budget for gifted and talented provision may have been reduced, but the expectation and need for it is higher than ever. This brand new title in the bestselling 100 Ideas series includes enrichment activities and teaching and management strategies for supporting the most able students in your school.
Whether you are simply looking for activities to use in your classroom or you are in charge of whole school provision, there are ideas in this book for you. They range from how to identify gifted and talented students, support their individual needs and how to interest and engage them, to training other teachers and reviewing your school's provision.
The book includes 50 practical strategies and 50 creative enrichment activities that can be implemented in the classroom or expanded into long-term projects. The activities cover a range of topics and ability levels as well as different areas of the curriculum. It is an essential book for any secondary teacher looking to identify, develop and challenge the most gifted and talented students in their school
'Smith's research interests in inclusive and gifted education are reflected in her publications and this book is no exception. This is essentially a user-friendly practitioner's text, aimed at primary school educators...I would recommend this as a useful addition to the practising teacher's repertoire of resource texts' Susen Smith, former primary school teacher
'The suggestions here, many of them photocopiable, are clearly tried and tested. All primary teachers will find them helpful' - Michael Duffy, The Times Educational Supplement
`A very useful aid to any staff room bookshelf. Easy to read, use and understand- National Association of Gifted Children Newsletter
`A must read for all teachers. This book not only sets out very clearly the needs of Able Gifted and Talented pupils, but also helps teachers reappraise their classroom practice and the role of the learner' - Johanna M Raffan, Director of NACE, National Association for Able Children
How can we provide challenges for the gifted and talented primary school pupil in an inclusive classroom setting?
Using tried and tested examples, this book shows the busy teacher how to challenge able children in their mixed-ability class - where time and resources are usually limited.
The practical tasks will show you how carefully designed activities can cater for a range of abilities. The book has sections on:
- creating a working environment that helps more able pupils to thrive;
- varying the way you ask pupils questions;
- thinking about multiple intelligences and ways to develop them;
- developing different levels of challenge in classroom activities;
- allowing pupils some choice in the activities they do;
- advice on how to run whole-class research projects.
A glossary of key terms and a range of photocopiable material are included.
Class teachers, GATCOs, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Teachers, trainee teachers and LEA advisers looking for practical teaching ideas to challenge gifted children will find this book ideal for use in their settings.
'This book is essential reading for all those involved in Early Years. It proves that good provision for Gifted and Talented is good provision for all children.' - Johanna M Raffan, Founder Director, NACE
Do you want to know more about how you can influence and impact gifted young children's beliefs about their ability?
This book explores the way staff impact learner beliefs about ability and suggests ways that staff can support young children as they develop.
The book contains practical ideas for:
- giving feedback and praise
- structuring activities to help shape and recognise high ability
- creating a challenging learning environment
- developing citizens of the future.
Aimed at children who are gifted and talented, the book is applicable to staff seeking to shape and influence learning for all children in early years settings.
This revised and updated second edition of Total School Cluster Grouping and Differentiation includes rationale and research followed by specific steps for developing site-specific applications that will make the important art of differentiation possible by reducing the range of achievement levels in teachers' classrooms. Materials to support staff development-including powerful simulations, evaluation, management, special populations, differentiation strategies, social and emotional needs, and recommended materials-are included.
For students applying to K and 1st grade gifted and talented program.
The updated edition of Sousa’s bestseller translates the latest neuroscientific findings into practical strategies for engaging gifted and talented learners. Individual chapters are dedicated to talents in language, math, and the arts, and offer instructional applications for both elementary and secondary classrooms. This reader-friendly guide uncovers: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 to better identify gifted minority students
Topics discussed include:Common Core State Standardsreal-world problem solvingabstract thinkinginterdisciplinary conceptsauthentic productslearning autonomyaccountabilitygrouping practicesaffective curriculum21st-century skillsAdvanced Placement and Honors classesIB programsunderserved populationstwice-exceptional learners
The field of gifted education is characterized by a confusing array of perspectives concerning such fundamental issues as definition, philosophy, curriculum, social and emotional development, and underserved populations. The mission of this book is to provide a coherent framework that instructors and service providers can use in planning effective programs, providing appropriate counseling services, and evaluating programs for the gifted. Most sections are organized around fundamental issues confronting the field and follow a common structure: an introductory chapter that provides historical and theoretical background and organizing questions followed by several point-of-view chapters written by experts that provide varied perspectives on the topic at hand.
Comprehensive Coverage – The book’s forty-five manageable-length chapters cover the full range of topics that must be considered in planning programs and services for gifted students both within and outside of school.
Coherent Structure – Section introductions provide background information and organizing questions to guide chapter authors who provide varying views of the issue at hand. The emphasis is not on the "right way" or the "wrong way" (except when clearly documented bad practice is discussed), but on how best practice stems from well-informed and logical decision-making.
Decision Making Focus – The book’s introductory chapter addresses the need for a clearly developed and consistently applied set of values to guide decision making. Likewise, each section introduction includes a decision making framework regarding some aspect of educating, counseling, or parenting gifted students.
This book is appropriate for introductory level courses in gifted education or courses in program development and planning. It is also suitable for school personnel responsible for making program planning decisions in the area of gifted education and for academic libraries with holdings in this area.