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EAGER -- Encouraging Achievement Gifted Education Resources
This online curriculum resource offers direction in boosting achievement and encouraging engagement among gifted students. Using Bloom's Taxonomy, it offers specific teaching suggestions for getting gifted learners involved in subject matter and using high-level thinking. It is broken out into theory, practice and evaluation and can be applied to any subject matter in any class.
Academy of American Poets
This organization's website provides a comprehensive list of resources for poetry and poetry education. The "For Educators" section of the website includes lesson plans and curriculum related to poetry, tips for teaching poetry, great poems to teach and more.
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) (Montclair, NJ)
IAPC provides curriculum materials for engaging young people (Pre K-12) in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science recognizes the top teachers in mathematics and science from across the country. Up to 108 teachers are chosen for the award every year, and winners receive a signed citation from the President of the United States and a trip to Washington, DC to attend the awards ceremony. Teachers in grades K through 12 are eligible.
Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. The organization creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. They also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.
Take on Talents
Take on Talents is an organization focused on gifted children and their parents/educators. What does it mean to be gifted? How does one deal with the challenges of giftedness? They do this through coaching, an e-course for parents, the book ‘the 7 challenges of the gifted child’ and much more.
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program
The Voya Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education. The maximum award is $25,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member with projects that improve student learning at K-12 public or private schools.
Printed Materials: Books
101 School Success Tools for Students With ADHD
101 School Success Tools for Students With ADHD provides the materials and guidance necessary to assist teachers and parents as they empower students with ADHD to become successful learners. Based on field-tested strategies for use with learners with ADHD, the book provides a brief overview of the specific learning needs of these students, as well as a wide variety of tools that teachers can immediately pull out and use in the classroom and parents can use in the home setting.
20 Ideas for Teaching Gifted Kids in the Middle School & High School
Attention, teachers of secondary gifted kids: Receive some of the best ideas and lessons developed by master teachers, in this book by Joel McIntosh. Both this and its sequel,
10 More Ideas for Teaching Gifted Kids in the Middle School & High School
, feature ideas for starting mentorship programs, teaching history using scientific surveys, producing documentaries, and more.
50 Graphic Organizers for Reading, Writing & More
This book is a valuable resource that includes 50 reproducible templates, student samples, step-by-step directions and strategies to support every learner. The organizers are perfect for note taking, planning, presentation, and review. Includes organizers for reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.
A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child
Dr. Carol Strip Whitney presents concepts and techniques to counteract many de-motivating factors gifted children are susceptible to. These factors can lead to depression and academic underachievement. Whitney, along with help from Gretchen Hirsch, offers helpful advice to help spark the motivation in your gifted child or student.
A Menu of Options for Grouping Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Karen B. Rogers, a leader in the field of gifted education, provides teachers with practical advice for choosing a grouping option that best fits their students and information on how to assess their grouping choices. From grouping by ability, to grouping by interest, to grouping by learning style, the use of grouping in the gifted and regular education classroom has proven to be a successful method of instruction for students. Grouping provides teachers with an effective means of providing gifted students with challenging coursework and access to advanced content, and gives students an avenue to create a peer group of other gifted students.
A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator
Covering topics including PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and many others, this accessible, ready-to-use reference explains how each disorder or difficulty might be exhibited in the classroom and offers straightforward suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Using clear, jargon-free language, the book helps all educators—whether in inclusive classrooms, general education settings, or other environments—recognize mental health issues and learning disabilities that are often observed in students. Fully revised and updated to correspond to the DSM-5, this edition addresses newly diagnosed disorders, as well as incorporating the latest research and interventions for existing disorders. The book also includes current information about educational practices such as creating a culturally responsive classroom and supporting students’ social-emotional learning.
A Teacher’s Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning
Grouping learners purposefully throughout the school day based on their needs and the curriculum remains the single best way to differentiate instruction. This guide will help teachers expertly use flexible grouping and differentiation strategies to respond to students’ diverse learning needs, abilities, and interests. Included are methods for creating groups based on assessment data, planning group lessons and tiered assignments, engaging learners at all levels, supporting personalized learning, grading collaborative work, and communicating with parents about the benefits of group work and productive struggle. Digital content contains all forms from the book and a PDF presentation.
A Teacher's Guide to Using the Common Core State Standards With Gifted and Advanced Learners in the English/Language Arts
Written by authors Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Todd Kettler Ph.D., Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick Ph.D., Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., this book provides teachers and administrators a blueprint for differentiating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts for gifted and advanced students through the use of acceleration, depth, complexity, and creativity within and across grade levels. It illustrates the differences between learning experiences for typical and advanced students based on the same standard and provides an array of examples across five of the information text and literary text standards while integrating the other aspects of language arts teaching and learning. The book highlights implementation features, such as classroom management and assessment of student work, that allow teachers to make data-based decisions about instruction for particular students. It also offers guidance to teachers on reading selections for advanced learners at all grade levels.
A Teacher's Guide to Using the Common Core State Standards With Mathematically Gifted and Advanced Learners
Written by authors Susan K. Johnsen Ph.D., Gail R. Ryser Ph.D., Susan G. Assouline Ph.D., this book provides teachers and administrators with practical examples of ways to build a comprehensive, coherent, and continuous set of learning experiences for gifted and advanced students. It describes informal, traditional, off-level, and 21st century math assessments that are useful in making educational decisions about placement and programming. Featuring learning experiences for each grade within one math progression, the book offers insight into useful ways of both accelerating and enriching the CCSS mathematics standards. Each of the learning experiences includes a sequence of activities, implementation examples, and formative assessments. Specific instructional and management strategies for implementing the standards within the classroom, school, and school district will be helpful for both K–12 teachers and administrators.
Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide
In this revised edition to 1997's
Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works
, award-winning author Barbara Gilman walks parents and teachers through the process of documenting a child's abilities to providing reasonable educational options year by year. Learn about the problems and solutions for gifted students: Underachievement, Curriculum and Instruction, The Experience of Giftedness, and more.
Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5
Written for K–5 teachers, this practical guide corrects misunderstandings in the field of acceleration and provides the tools necessary to effectively determine the most appropriate learning options for gifted students. Through real-life stories, well-known authors in gifted education Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, dispel the common myths about acceleration and describe what it is, what forms it takes, and what it can do for gifted learners—intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
Acceleration Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
In this concise introduction to the topic, Dr. VanTassel-Baska offers many teacher-friendly ways in which acceleration can be employed in classrooms at all levels and in all subject areas. The author offers specific strategies for identifying candidates for acceleration, programmatic approaches to employ, and teacher strategies to use for content acceleration in the classroom.
Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century
This book is designed to lead educators through the process of creating a thriving, student-centered, 21st-century classroom. Since its initial publication, the book’s materials have undergone rigorous testing and refinement in classrooms all over the world to deliver the best and most effective differentiation strategies.
Aiming for Excellence: Annotations to the NAGC PreK-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards
This book offers a comprehensive review of the gifted education program standards developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The standards, which represent professional consensus on essential practice in gifted education, provide a blueprint to encourage and guide schools in developing and evaluating high-quality programming.
Arts Education for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Written by Jesse Rachel Cukierkorn, Ph.D., this book provides information for teachers and parents interested in supporting an artistically talented child. It reveals the characteristics of artistically talented students, describes program options, and shares an approach for supporting the affective needs of these students.
Assessing Differentiated Student Products: A Protocol for Development and Evaluation
Looking for a ready guide for developing and assessing a variety of authentic products in your classroom? If so, then the Developing and Assessing Products (DAP) Tool is for you! Written by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. and Tracy F. Inman, this book is about The DAP Tool as a protocol that simplifies the assessment process, encourages differentiation, and takes the ceiling off of learning.
Assessing Special Students
Assessment is at the center of all good teaching, and this book is designed to provide a clear, comprehensive guide to the assessment of students with mild disabilities. This book will give you both an understanding of the assessment process and the concrete, practical skills necessary to assess special students successfully so that you can teach them well.
Assessment in the Classroom: The Key to Good Instruction (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
The goal of all classrooms is to maximize the learning of all students; therefore, correctly assessing what students have learned is an integral part of good instruction. It is critical to take into account a student's level of knowledge, understanding, beliefs, skills, dispositions, and learning styles when planning for good classroom instruction and assessment. In this book, author Carolyn Callahan, Ph.D., provides an overview of the most common and successful assessment methods, including formal and informal assessments, student self-assessments, and preassessment strategies for planning instruction.
Autonomous Learner Model Resource Book
This book includes activities and strategies to support the development of autonomous learners. More than 40 activities are included, all geared to the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of students. Teachers may use these activities and strategies with the entire class, small groups, or with individuals who are ready to be independent, self-directed, lifelong learners. Field-tested strategies and activities in the book include Find Someone Who, Teacher and Learner Questionnaires, Lifelong Notebook, Time Capsule, and Night of the Notables.
Awakening Genius in the Classroom
This book describes how popular culture, classroom and home environments can shut down the genius of children. Author Thomas Armstrong urges readers to look beyond traditional understandings of what constitutes genius and describes 12 such qualities: curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and joy.
Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, and Teaching
This textbook focuses on topics educators face in program planning. Find comprehensive information on identifying, guiding the gifted and designing curriculum and more about the field of gifted education
Being Smart About Gifted Children: A Guidebook For Parents And Educators
Writers Dona J. Matthews and Joanne F. Foster advises the reader on how to answer the tricky questions, support gifted kids in today's "common" world, and what to tell the kids along the way. This book also examines different ways of supporting optimal development in those who have been labeled "gifted," and those who have not.
Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-Based Guide
The 29 practices included in this book, by authors Ann Robinson, Bruce M. Shore and Donna Enersen, are the result of an extensive examination of educational research on what works with talented youth. The interest in culturally diverse and low-income learners, the means to identify talents, and the need for curriculum that appropriately challenges high-ability youth constitute just a few of the 29 practices.
Beyond Gifted Education: Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs
Seeking a more comprehensive vision for gifted education, this book offers a modern vision of programs and services for gifted and talented students. This book provides the first comprehensive look at designing and implementing K–12 advanced academic student programs.
Big Tools for Young Thinkers
In this book by Susan Keller-Mathers and Kristin Puccio, children in the primary grades can learn and apply a wide variety of powerful thinking tools for generating options for focusing their thinking. Creative problem-solving tools include brainstorming, braindrawing, forced relationships, and the evaluation matrix.
Building Thinking Skills Book 1: Critical Thinking Skills for Reading, Writing, Math, and Science
This workbook contains activities in verbal and figural similarities, and differences, sequences, classifications, and analogies. Skills addressed include reading comprehension; describing shapes, things, and words; following directions; antonyms and synonyms; several types of analogy; deductive reasoning; parts of a whole; mapping and directionality; logical connectives; spelling and vocabulary; overlapping classes; pattern folding; tracking, rotation, and reflection; mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects.
Challenging Highly Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Written by Barbara Gilman, this book focuses on many of the issues involved in assessing and challenging highly gifted learners. A thorough discussion of the ceiling problems encountered on common assessments is included, as well as strategies for teachers and parents in planning appropriate education.
Changing Tomorrow 1: Leadership Curriculum for High-Ability Elementary Students
This book, for students in grades 4-5, offers instructional activities for high-ability elementary school students based on the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills and gives gifted students an opportunity to apply these skills in an integrative and substantive way.
Changing Tomorrow 2: Leadership Curriculum for High-Ability Middle School Students
This book, for students in grades 6-8, offers instructional activities for high-ability middle school students based on the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills and gives gifted students an opportunity to apply these skills in an integrative and substantive way.
Computers as Tutors: Solving the Crisis in Education
In this book, Frederick Bennett lays out the difficulties present in contemporary American education and reveals why the millions of newly added computers in schools have been largely ineffectual. Bennett describes how computers, if used differently, will enable every student without exception to succeed in school. The key is individualized instruction. A private tutor in the form of a computer will allow each pupil to learn at his or her own comfort rate.
Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students
From solving social problems, to dealing with perfectionism, and developing time-management strategies, to mastering goal setting, this book is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide for gifted kids, their parents, and teachers. Based on years of research and experience, this book is actually two books in one—an exciting easy-to-read, high-interest book for bright students and a book for parents and teachers.
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Core Knowledge Grader Series (Book Series)
In a single convenient volume per grade -- beginning with
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know
-- the seven-volume Core Knowledge Series provides parents, teachers, and children with an engaging, illustrated introduction to the important knowledge outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence.
Counseling Gifted and Talented Children: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents
This book from Roberta Milgram highlights the role of regular classroom teachers and teachers of the gifted in counseling; provides teachers, counselors, and parents with information about the wide variety of approaches to enrichment and/or acceleration.
Counseling the Gifted & Talented
This book by Linda Kreger Silverman is an aid for any person related to or working with a gifted child. Ms. Silverman provides specific strategies for individual and group counseling in meeting the unique social and emotional needs of these individuals.
Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator's Guide to Leading a Growth Mindset Community
Principals and district administrators will learn ways to develop, sustain, monitor, and lead schools and districts striving for growth mindset learning environments. This book includes guidance in the areas of growth mindset hiring, feedback, systemic professional learning, and ways to evaluate present processes and protocols through a growth mindset lens. A mindset reflection tool allows education leaders to consider their own mindset thinking. Guidance and suggestions for embedding growth mindset learning through curriculum, instruction, and grading are also included in this valuable resource.
Creating Strong Kids Through Writing: 30-Minute Lessons That Build Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Social-Emotional Understanding in Grades 4-8
Teachers are always looking for activities that not only enhance the mechanics of writing—grammar, spelling, and syntax—but also allow students to express themselves in creative and personal ways. This book is the perfect resource for teachers seeking quick, ready-to-use writing lessons that encourage social and emotional growth, personal development, introspection, and innovative thinking in students. Each of the 20 lessons has been classroom-tested with students of all ability levels in grades 4–8, and each lesson contains one or more samples of student work to help guide and inspire student writers. This book is a resource teachers will turn to again and again when they seek writing lessons that, although short in duration, are lasting in their personal impact on student growth.
Cues & Clues To Children's Behaviors: A Guide To Raising A Happy, Well-Adjusted Child
This comprehensive and informative book, written by Salma Bhalla, Ph.D. is a guide to recognizing the ways children express their emotional and social problems through their behaviors. The book, written in a reader friendly style with examples, first makes the parents aware of causes of these behaviors. Then, it provides effective ways to help their child cope with anger, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and divorce. Available in paperback and as an ebook.
Curriculum Compacting: An Easy Start to Differentiating for High-Potential Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Curriculum compacting allows learners to move successfully through the curriculum at their own pace. This book focuses on the nuts and bolts of this effective method for differentiating classroom content, process skills, and creative products of gifted learners. In this concise introduction, Dr. Sally M. Reis and Joseph S. Renzulli discuss the research on curriculum compacting and the steps employed in implementing it in any classroom. Case studies of its effectiveness on schoolwide enrichment are also included.
Curriculum Development Kit for Gifted and Advanced Learners
The Curriculum Development Kit for Gifted and Advanced Learners offers exciting new approaches for teachers to differentiate instruction and provide a challenging curriculum that meets the needs of all students in the classroom. Developed by differentiated curriculum experts Sandra N. Kaplan and Michael W. Cannon, this kit is a time-saving tool for all teachers. The three types of curricular materials structured to promote the teaching and learning of the objectives found in the kit are lessons, catalyst cards, and curriculum grids.
Demystifying Differentiation in Middle School: Tools, Strategies and Activities to Use NOW
A book designed for middle school teachers who are interested in curriculum differentiation. Offers detailed lessons in over 35 topics, such as language arts, math, science, and social studies, covering four different teaching strategies.
Designing Gifted Education Programs and Services: From Purpose to Implementation
This book is intended to support educators in the design and implementation of comprehensive gifted education plans. From planning to actual implementation, this book takes the reader from goals and purpose to assessing student needs and program design. The authors begin with a broad overview of best practices in programming and services, highlighting connections to student needs, programming standards, and state laws. Their recommendations include philosophical, cultural, and practical considerations and data-based decision making.
Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners
Each chapter of this guide by Jeanne Purcell, features the research of leaders in the field of giftedness. From identification to advocacy find stategic plans and resources for designing a program.
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Developing Creativity in the Classroom: Learning and Innovation for 21st-Century Schools
This book applies the most current theory and research on creativity to support the design of teaching and learning. Creative thinking and problem solving are at the heart of learning and application as students prepare for innovation-driven careers. This text debunks myths about creativity and teaching and, instead, illustrates productive conceptions of creative thinking and innovation, including a constructivist learning approach in which creative thinking enhances and strengthens conceptual understanding of the curriculum. Through models of teaching that support creativity and problem solving, this book extends the idea of a creative pedagogy to the four core curriculum domains.
Differentiated Activities and Assessments Using the Common Core Standards
This book show educators how to use differentiated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and differentiated assessment with the Common Core State Standards. The book includes over 50 topics in language arts, math, social studies, science, and interdisciplinary topics.
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom
Written by Joan D'Amico and Kate Gallaway, this book offers teachers strategies on how to design and deliver instruction, measure success and get students to work together. Features ready to use language arts activitites that are tied to core curriculum standards.
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom
Written by Joan D'Amico and Kate Gallaway, this book offers teachers strategies on how to design and deliver instruction, measure success and get students to work together. Features ready to use science activitites that are tied to core curriculum standards.
Differentiating for the Young Child: Teaching Strategies Across the Content Areas
Authors Joan Smutny and S. E. vom Fremd help educators meet the demands of curriculum standards for an increasingly diverse student population with this informative guide that includes forms, charts, samples, and appendices.
Differentiating Instruction A Practical Guide for Tiering Lessons for the Elementary Grades
Written by Cheryll M. Adams, Ph.D. and Rebecca L. Pierce, Ph.D., this easy-to-use, teacher-friendly book is a must-have for any educator wanting to differentiate instruction for the gifted or regular classroom. Differentiating instruction has become an integral part of classroom instruction, and tiering lessons is a practical, easy, and efficient way to ensure the various needs and learning levels of elementary students are met.
Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners
This book allows educators and stakeholders to examine issues related to differentiating curriculum and instruction in a variety of contexts. The case studies in this resource analyze various differentiation strategies and their benefits to promote classrooms where every student belongs, every student is valued, and every student is nurtured.
Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners (Updated Anniversary Edition)
In this guide, Diane Heacox presents a menu of strategies for any teacher faced with a spectrum of student needs and styles. Some are quick and easy--differentiating discussions, creating tiered assignments. Others are more comprehensive--matrix plans for designing curriculum units, "one-sentence lesson plans" that encompass content, process skills, and evidence of learning.
Differentiating Instruction With Centers in the Gifted Classroom
Differentiating Instruction With Centers in the Gifted Classroom provides teachers with tons of ideas and guidance for creating unique classroom centers that will challenge gifted learners and encourage high-level, independent thinking. Implementing centers in the gifted classroom gives elementary and middle school teachers the opportunity to develop in-depth learning experiences on a variety of topics. The book discusses the use of centers in each content area, with suggestions from experts in the content areas and easy-to-implement lessons that go beyond the core curriculum.
Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics
Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests, and learning styles can be formidable. For the first time, this book connects the unique learning differences among gifted students to the specific teaching methods used to tailor their educational experiences. Differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students must go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice.
Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners
In this one-stop resource for middle and high school teachers, Kristina J. Doubet and Jessica A. Hockett explore how to use differentiated instruction to help students be more successful learners—regardless of background, native language, learning style, motivation, or school savvy.
Differentiation That Really Works: Strategies From Real Teachers for Real Classrooms (Grades 3-5)
This book provides time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms. These lessons can be used as written or can be modified to meet the needs of a particular classroom.
Differentiation That Really Works: Strategies From Real Teachers for Real Classrooms (Grades K-2)
This book provides educators with time-saving teaching strategies and lesson ideas based on ease of implementation, ability to modify and inherent opportunities for differentiation. Through years of working with teachers the authors, Dr. Cheryll M. Adams and Dr. Rebecca L. Pierce, pass along four classroom components focused on including differentiated learning strategies, anchoring activities, classroom management, and differentiated assessment. The book also includes templates and sample lessons that can be used to develop customized materials, along with comments from teachers who have used the strategies.
Differentiation: Simplified, Realistic, and Effective
The focus of this book is to simplify the implementation of differentiation to increase its practice. Specific aids and examples are included because teachers found them particularly beneficial to simplify the planning and preparation process of differentiated instruction.
Diverse Populations of Gifted Children: Meeting Their Needs in the Regular Classroom and Beyond
Starr Cline and Diane Schwartz focus on how teachers can help their students reach their full potential. The authors discuss reasons for the failure to integrate gifted education into the fabric of the school and the relationships between multiple intelligences philosophy and the curriculum.
Educating Children for Life: The Modern Learning Community
An exquisite and compelling statement of what education could and should be. Begins with an insightful discussion of "the dilemma of modern education" in order to provide the reader with a clear understanding of "where she is coming from." She then presents a philosophy of self-actualization and interdependence which represents a "philosophy of both learning and life."
Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide
Susan Rakow, Ph.D., focuses on helping teachers, administrators, and parents to understand gifted middle school students, implement effective program models, define the role of the gifted teacher, and more. This book provides specific guidelines for program and curricular planning.
Educating Oppositional and Defiant Children
Oppositional and defiant children present a major challenge for teachers and other educators. These students must feel they are emotionally and physically safe in the classroom. The authors show how educators can help students move from despair to hope, from anger to comfort, and from failure to success.
Educational Care: A System for Understanding and Helping Children With Learning Problems at Home and in School
Find strategies for handling various learning difficulties and get a more complete understanding of why your child acts the way he/she does. This book presents a way of thinking about many of the common forms of learning disorders, their recognition, their implications, and their treatment. Specifically, chapters 2-7 describe the areas in which neurodevelopmental dysfunction may hinder learning and performance in school. There are also sections on "demystification," which provides a process that adults can use when talking to their children about the nature of their learning disorders as well as their strengths.
Effective Program Models for Gifted Students From Underserved Populations
This book provides coordinators, teachers, administrators, and other interested parties information about effective program models for underserved gifted students. The book highlights eight successful programs that have been designed to use with low-income, high-ability students. Each chapter focuses on a specific program and includes an introduction and brief overview of a model, how students are identified for the program, what talents are valued, the goals of the project, a description of the model, difficult issues and how they are addressed, important contributions of the program, research findings, how the program is sustained, and contact information.
Empowering Underachievers: New Strategies to Guide Kids (8-18) to Personal Excellence
Peter A. Spevak and Maryann Karinch provide techniques on constructively engaging and empowering your child by giving him/her choices instead of ultimatums. The theory behind the techniques: understanding the underachiever’s behavior on an emotional level.
Energizing Your Gifted Students' Creative Thinking & Imagination: Using Design Principles, Team Activities, and Invention Strategies
Stimulating Creativity through Using Design Principles, Team Activities, and Invention Strategies. About the Author -- Harry T. Roman is a Technology and Environmental Engineer. He is an unusual blend of writer, teacher, inventor and engineer, having achieved acclaim in all four categories. His freelance educational writing appears in Highlights for Children, TechDirections, Interface, Teaching K-8, and The Technology Teacher.
Engaging Readers & Writers with Inquiry: Promoting Deep Understandings in Language Arts and the Content Areas with Guiding Questions
Jeffrey Wilhelm helps educators implement inquiry in the classroom with this book which leads teachers in using research-based techniques to meet mandated content-area standards while engaging students in productive, meaningful learning experiences.
Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Written by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. , this book offers an introduction to structuring enrichment activities that add depth and complexity to a gifted child's learning experience. From a mentorship with a local archaeologist, to a medieval festival, the opportunities for gifted learners to explore a topic in depth are too numerous to mention. This book shows teachers how to provide meaningful enrichment experiences for gifted students. It offers effective strategies for enriching the curriculum and creating in-depth learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Excellence in Educating Gifted and Talented Learners
This book by Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska gives tips on identification, education, and understanding of gifted children. Major topics and issues in the education of gifted and talented learners are discussed in detail and is helpful for any parent, student or educator.
Excellence in Educating the Gifted
This book was conceived to delineate the many facets of gifted individuals and their learning patterns, so that they may be enabled to reach their greatest potential. The authors intend this book to serve as a basic resource for those who view gifted education as a set of rigorous intellectual experiences for youth who exhibit aptitude and interest in matters of the mind.
Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student
This book is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed.
Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners:
Professional Perspectives, Best Practices, and Positive Solutions
Educators and parents need practical information they can use now to help them best understand and support the gifted learners in their lives. Because of the unique social and emotional needs faced by gifted learners—not to mention the unique academic needs—teaching and parenting them can be as demanding as it is rewarding. These 36 articles provide much-needed help. They are a “best of” from the last seven years of the
Gifted Education Communicator
, the national publication of the California Association for the Gifted.
Exploring People and Cultures: Authentic Ethnographic Research in the Classroom
This book provides teachers with tools and activities for conducting a classroom study of ethnic groups and cultures. Through the more than 30 ready-to-use, differentiated lessons, teachers will help students learn how to recognize the elements of culture; think critically; apply real-world research techniques in field experiences; identify behavioral patterns in modern-day cultures; and create, plan, and share their products in a student-led ethnography fair.
Fostering Creativity in Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Encouraging creative thinking in the classroom is an exciting component of any effective gifted education program. This guide by Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D. offers basic foundations required for supporting creativity. From establishing the right classroom environment, to using creative teaching strategies, to assessing student outcomes, this book is filled with practical information. The book also includes a listing of competitive contests and programs and an extensive list of resources.
Free Resources for Elementary Teachers
This book contains free and almost free lesson plans, samples, curriculum, background information teachers can use in preparing lessons, ebooks, virtual field trips, webquests, and more. It provides educators with an easy-to-use guide for scoring these materials for their own classrooms.
From the Land of Enchantment: Creative Teaching with Fairy Tales
In this book, educators will find a wealth of ideas, curriculum resources, and teaching techniques that promote multiple intelligences, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and problem-and product-based learning. Author Jerry Flack shows teachers how to use fairy tales with a variety of effective teaching strategies and engaging activities, such as making books, writing and editing newspapers, and creating a classroom museum. Versatile and easy to implement, these strategies can be used in a variety of settings.
Genius Hour: Passion Projects That Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry
This book provides educators with the tools that they need to successfully implement Genius Hour, or passion projects, in the classroom. Presented through an easy-to-follow six-step strategy, teachers will utilize the six P’s—passion, plan, pitch, project, product, and presentation—as a map for students to follow as they create, design, and carry out projects. Students will experience personalized learning through these self-driven projects, application of standards and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through failure and reflection.
Gifted and Talented Children: A Planning Guide
This book is for teachers and parents who have children of special ability/gifted. This resource takes an accessible, practical and inclusive approach to ways of working with highly gifted children.
Gifted Children, Gifted Education: A Handbook for Teachers And Parents
This book by Gary A. Davis Ph. D. is a no-nonsense guide to the concept of giftedness in children, and how parents can provide opportunities to cultivate their children's gifts. Chapters address how to identify gifted children, the pros and cons of educational acceleration and common problems or counseling needs among gifted children.
Gifted Education: Promising Practices
This book by Joan Franklin Smutny pulls together years of research on educating gifted students. The result is a book that incorporates research with practical advice, how-to's, worksheets and application.
Gifted Students in Primary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum
Authors Miraca Gross, Bronwyn MacLeod, Diana Drummond and Caroline Merrick deliver an informative resource assisting teachers in developing curriculum enriching activities.
Gifted Students in Secondary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum
The authors of this book, Miraca Gross, Bronwyn MacLeod and Marilyn Pretorius, offer direct and practical assistance in differentiating the secondary school syllabus to extend and challenge students talented in specific areas, developing your own curriculum units for gifted students, understanding the characteristics and needs of gifted and talented students. These curriculum ideas can be easily adapted to your own needs.
Gifted Underachiever: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
When gifted children lose motivation to learn at school or show any suboptimal performance corresponding to their competences, we call them underachievers. In this book, experts in gifted education from different countries share the newest research about this important topic. From the definitions to the practical solutions, the diverse information and guides within this book will help the readers to understand the situation of gifted children in regular education systems.
Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students
The combination of sustained hard work and resiliency, grit is the difference between those who give up and those who don’t. This book assists educators in creating a learning environment that fosters grit development for all students, regardless of ability. Each chapter includes stories to illustrate the research and ideas presented and ends with discussion questions that can be used to continue the conversation. In an era of talent development and the pursuit of excellence, learners must be equipped with the perseverance that is essential to reaching high levels of success. This book provides a rationale for cultivating grit in the classroom with the goal of propelling this topic into discussions of building passion and talent in today’s students.
Grouping and Acceleration Practices in Gifted Education
The most influential works on acceleration and grouping practices for the gifted are gathered in this volume, which covers concerns about the effectiveness of such techniques, presents research on the optimal conditions and methods for the utilization of grouping and/or acceleration, and describes effective programmatic initiatives.
Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
This award-winning practical source for parents and teachers discusses the unique social and emotional needs and concerns of gifted students. Includes chapters on motivation, discipline, peer relationships, sibling relationships, stress management, depression, and many other issues that parents and teachers encounter daily. See also
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
for an updated version of this book.
Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents: Development, Relationships, School Issues, and Counseling Needs/Interventions
This book provides an overview of research on the general knowledge that has been amassed regarding the psychology of gifted students, introducing the reader to the varied conceptions of giftedness, issues specific to gifted children, and various intervention methods. Additionally, this handbook describes programs designed to fulfill the need these children have for challenge. With chapters authored by leading experts in the field, this book offers a place for professionals to turn for answers to a wide variety of questions about gifted children.
Handbook of Gifted Education, 3rd Edition
The 3rd edition of this classic text is a comprehensive resource addressing important research-based considerations in gifted education. Many respected professionals have contributed chapters that cover the following topics: conceptions and identification; instructional models and practices; creativity, thinking skills, and eminence; psychological and counseling issues; populations of giftedness; and special topics, including technology, rural schools, and legal issues.
Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education
This in-depth textbook, edited by Dixon and Moon, helps educators interested in building effective and comprehensive educational programs for gifted students. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar that researches in the field. Topics include: understanding the gifted adolescent, adolescent issues, instruction and programming options, teacher education and professional development.
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. The second edition includes sections on STEM, CCSS alignment, and 21st-century skills, along with discussion of working with secondary students in various content areas. The purpose of the book is to provide a research-based handbook that views gifted adolescents and their needs as the starting point for building an effective, integrated educational program.
Helping Boys Succeed in School: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers
This book, written by Terry W. Neu, Ph.D., Rich Weinfeld, combine field-tested strategies and advice with case studies of boys across the nation to give smart young boys and their parents a strong guide for ensuring boys' success in school and the future.
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers (2nd Edition)
This updated, user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important issues facing gifted children and the adults who guide them, such as selecting appropriate schools, expanding and differentiating the curriculum for gifted learners, and supporting children who experience stress, depression, perfectionism, friendship issues, and more. The information and useful advice contained in this book make it an ideal resource for those just starting to learn about gifted children, as well as seasoned veterans. The second edition includes the concepts of misdiagnosis and a discussion of Dabrowski’s Theory of Disintegration.
High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed they’re smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices—parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts—this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching, living with and understanding exceptionally gifted kids of all ages.
High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom
High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom
gives classroom teachers exactly what they're looking for: advice from technology education experts on how the latest tools and software can be implemented into lesson plans to create differentiated, exciting curriculum for all learners.
How to Thrive as a Teacher Leader
The Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) published this book designed to help every teacher who chairs a department, leads a committee, manages a team, coordinates a program, or mentors other teachers to accomplish basic leadership tasks with speed and precision. Filled with tips and how-to's that are left out of most teacher education courses and inservice programs, the guide covers formal and informal tasks that teacher leaders at every grade level are expected to know but rarely do.
If You're Trying to Teach Kids How to Write . . . You've Gotta Have This Book!
This book by Majorie Frank is a resource writing book for teachers, or homeschool parents, etc. who are trying to teach children how to write. It contains activities to inspire young writers to write, revise and edit. There are many ideas on assessing student growth.
Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6 Strategies for Every Teacher
This book is designed to help elementary school teachers use creative methods to enhance gifted students' learning and stimulate higher-level thinking, discovery, and invention. Linked to curriculum standards, these ready-to-use strategies, activities, and examples help teachers to inspire students, tie creative processes to learning outcomes and encourage students to explore new avenues for thinking and learning.
I'm Not Just Gifted: Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Children
What does it mean to be a successful person? What traits and characteristics define successful people? Why do gifted children, in particular, need a strong affective curricula in order to maximize their potential? These questions and more are explored in this guide to helping gifted children in grades 4–7 as they navigate the complicated social and emotional aspects of their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions. Including lesson plans, worksheets, and connections to Common Core State Standards, I'm Not Just Gifted is the practical guide necessary for anyone serving and working with gifted children.
Implementing Multiage Education: A Practical Guide
This book is a great resource for anyone interested in teaching or understanding the philosophy of multiage instruction. The first section deals with the underlying research and history regarding graded and non-graded classrooms. The authors offer clear and convincing arguments for multiage instruction. The middle is how to change from a graded to a multiage classroom or school. The last section has teaching strategies and advice for managing the organized chaos of a multiage classroom, or any classroom where a teacher wishes to differentiate curriculum.
Improse: Activites That Promote Creativity, "Gooder Grammar" and Better Punctuation
Make grammar fun by using this book from Brad Newton. Thirty creative, improvisational activities are included to help kids learn grammar, punctuation, critical thinking and problem solving. Children in grades 2-10 will enjoy Newton's approach for developing foundational language skills.
Independent Study for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Allow your gifted students to study a high-interest topic with depth and complexity. Written by Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D. and Krystal Goree, this book offers the advice you need to help your gifted students explore important content and show their learning in creative and innovative ways. From selecting a topic, to using innovative research strategies, to reporting results in an interesting way, this book shows you how to help your students succeed at independent study.
Intelligent Life in the Classroom: Smart Kids & Their Teachers
Karen Isaacson and Tamara Fisher share comical stories of children and teenagers in order for the reader to understand and appreciate the intellectual and emotional lives of gifted students. They cover key concepts such as: Curiosity is a powerful motivator for learning; Excellent teachers noth follow and lead their students; Learning happens when learners are inspired, not when they are admonished; and, Good teachers help students develop disciplined minds without overcoming students with discipline.
Introduction to Gifted Education
This definitive textbook is designed for courses that introduce teachers to gifted education, whether that is in graduate school or in certification or continuing development programs for teachers. The book is inclusive in nature, addressing varied approaches to each topic while relying on no single theory or construct. The book includes chapters that focus on critical topics such as gifted education standards, social-emotional needs, cognitive development, diverse learners, identification, programming options, creativity, professional development, and curriculum.
Jane and Johnny Love Math: Recognizing and Encouraging Mathematical Talent in Elementary Students
For parents and educators, this book delineates methods of addressing the needs of mathematically talented students younger than 12. The approaches described are based on the authors’ experiences with hundreds of talented students. They discuss educational options allowing students to move systematically through the elementary math curriculum while matching the curriculum to the students' abilities and achievements. The book includes problem sets from the Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary Schools as well as practical ideas for classroom teachers, mathematics mentors, and parents.
Kingore Observation Inventory
The Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI) has been successfully implemented to identify gifted and talented behaviors in students for over 10 years in almost every state in America and several other countries, including Australia, Canada, and Mexico. It is celebrated for its ability to identify gifted potentials in minority students and students from poverty who are frequently difficult to identify through standardized tests. It is valued by educators for its effectiveness and efficiency. This process helps teachers immediately initiate appropriate differentiation in the classroom for students whose learning responses exceed the expectations of the core curriculum. An easy-to-use assessment and differentiation process, the KOI enables educators to enrich the learning environment for all children while identifying gifted and talented students through seven categories of observable behavior.
Language Arts for Gifted Students
This collection of articles from
Gifted Child Today
(compiled by Susan K. Johnsen and James Kendrick) were selected specifically for the teacher who is searching for ways to serve students who are gifted in English/language arts.
Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders: Characteristics and Teaching Strategies
Janet W. Lerner and Frank Kline provide a comprehensive overview of this complex subject by covering theoretical approaches within the field, procedures for assessing and evaluating students, skills in the art of clinical teaching, teaching methods and strategies, and requirements of special education laws.
Learning to Learn: Strengthening Study Skills and Brain Power
This book by Gloria Frender delivers some great tools to help students achieve success in both school and life. Practical hints are useful to parents, teachers or anyone wanting a hands-on guide on "learning how to learn."
Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids
Written by Jill L. Adelson, Ph.D. and Hope E. Wilson, Ph.D., this book pinpoints a crippling state of mentality among many kids today—the need to be absolutely perfect—and gives parents and teachers the guidance and support they need to help children break free of the anxieties and behaviors related to perfectionism.
Literature Links: Activities for Gifted Readers
Educators can enhance their reading programs with fun titles while meeting the needs of advanced K-6 readers. Author Teresa Smith Masiello is a Gifted and Talented Specialist for the Virginia public school system. Activities include learning centers, graphic organizers. literature binders and more!
Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind
Deborah L. Ruf divides the content of this book in to three parts dealing with: Identifying characteristics of giftedness, levels of giftedness and educational options and school issues. This reference can help someone who is not professionally trained in giftedness issues, bridge the gap between the real child and the child's IQ.
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Makerspaces in School: A Month-by-Month Schoolwide Model for Building Meaningful Makerspaces
Organized into an easy-to-follow, month-by-month plan for implementation, this book provides field-tested and research-based knowledge that will serve educators as they create and maintain a meaningful Makerspace. Although science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have made huge gains in the past decade, STEAM jobs are not being filled at the rate they are being created or needed. Makerspaces in School promotes innovative thinking in students that fills this need. Through Makerspaces, project-based learning provides opportunities for credible, legitimate, and authentic growth and development. This book will allow any educator to walk away with a plan to create a Makerspace in his or her classroom or a school- or districtwide model that works for many.
Making Differentiation a Habit: How to Ensure Success in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Updated Edition)
In this updated edition of her guide to daily differentiated instruction, Diane Heacox outlines the critical elements for success in today’s classrooms. She gives educators evidence-based differentiation strategies and user-friendly tools to optimize teaching, learning, and assessment for all students. New features include an expanded section on grading, information on connections between personalized learning and differentiation, integration of strategies with Tier I instructional interventions, scaffolding strategies, revised planning templates, and updated resources, which include digital tools and apps for assessment. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book.
Managing the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted: A Teacher's Survival Guide
This book offers teachers numerous concrete, easy-to-use teaching strategies to help gifted students develop socially, emotionally, as well as intellectually. Topics include resolving conflicts at school and at home, managing stress, and handling feelings of "differentness." Teachers will also find helpful guidelines in dealing with parents, administrators, and attitudes about gifted education.
Manual of Natural Education
This book accompanies
and is a guide to the teaching strategies, methods, and materials required for the Natural Education approach. By 1916 the author, Winifred d'Estcourte Sackville Stoner, had organized Parent-Teacher Natural Education Study Circles to promote her methodology.
Math Education for Gifted Students
Gifted Child Today Reader
by editors Susan Johnsen and James Kendrick, offers information about how to differentiate for mathematically gifted students, as well as tried-and-true instructional strategies to employ, including tiered lessons, distance learning, and activities combining architecture and math.
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor
This text, first written in 1970, treats mathematics as a language, wholly within each human being's grasp to discover and learn. Chapters are broken up into individual lessons, enabling the book to be used for multiple students at different levels and abilities.
Meeting the Challenge: Using Love and Logic to Help Children Develop Attention and Behavior Skills
This book shows us how, with an understandable ten step program for home and an equally straightforward program for school, children with attention or behavior problems can succeed with the help of firm, loving parents and teachers. Jim Fay, Foster Cline and Robert Sornson have been sharing the skills of parenting through Love and Logic for over 20 years.
Methods and Materials for teaching the gifted (4th ed.)
The updated fourth edition of this book is an excellent introduction to gifted education and real-world learning. The chapters of this comprehensive textbook are written by respected leaders in the field of gifted education who review the unique needs of gifted learners and give current information on instructional planning and evaluation, strategies for best practices, and ongoing enhancement and support of gifted programs. Chapters include topics such as differentiated curricular design, extending learning through research, writing challenging instructional units, and developing leadership skills and innovative thinkers. Instructional practices such as problem-based learning, technology literacy, independent study, simulation and gaming, and more are addressed. A special focus is given to using the Gifted Education Programming Standards and Common Core State Standards. The fourth edition provides updated information on funding sources and public relations strategies for gifted education programs. It also includes updated lists of books, teaching materials, websites, and other resources for teachers of the gifted.
Models of Counseling Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
Sal Mendaglio brings together a group of contributing authors who share in detail their approaches to counseling clients who are gifted and talented. This book is designed to help interested professionals, as well as those in preparation programs, conduct effective counseling techniques with highly able clients.
Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Students
This book addresses the need for advanced curriculum design in an age of national standards and 21st-century learning innovations. It includes chapters articulating specific design components like creative thinking, critical thinking, and authentic research, but also subject-specific chapters in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies to demonstrate application of those design components.
Multiple Assessments for Multiple Intelligences
James Bellanca, Carolyn Chapman and Elizabeth Swartz designed this book to assist teachers in modifying assessment practices by leading the reader through the process that guides him/her through multiple intelligences and assessment practices. The authors do this by showing educators how to devise specific performance standards for each intelligence and easily apply them directly in the classroom. Also included are sample lessons that target the intelligence.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards: A Guide to Planning and Implementing High-Quality Services
This book by Susan K. Johnsen Ph.D. details six standards that address the areas critical to effective teaching and learning, along with suggestions for implementing each one. The gifted education programming standards are focused on student outcomes that address both cognitive and affective areas. Aligned to each of the outcomes are research- and practice-based strategies known to be effective for this special population of students. The book includes sample assessments of student products and performances, which will assist schools in developing program and service evaluation benchmarks.
Nebel's Elementary Education: Creating a Tapestry of Learning
This book (450 pages) contains approaches and actual subject matter for delivering a superior K-5 education. It describes not only WHAT to teach, but also HOW to teach it using hundreds of hands-on activities, and much more.
Nurtured by Love
This book is the cornerstone upon which to build any Suzuki-oriented library. In it the author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being, not just those seemingly gifted. Written by Shinichi Suzuki, translated by Waltraud Suzuki.
Organic Creativity in the Classroom: Teaching to Intuition in Academics and the Arts.
This innovative collection of essays explores approaches to teaching creativity from the perspective of experienced educators and artists. The 23 authors have taught for more than 500 years combined, and in this book they share teaching stories and helpful strategies that can be used to encourage students to become more creative within specific domains.
Organizing Thinking: Book One: Graphic Organizers
A handbook of lessons which integrate teaching thinking skills into instruction--language arts, writing, science, math, social studies, personal problem solving, and enrichment. The central feature of all lessons is the use of graphic organizers to illustrate how information is related.
This book is about the roots of dyslexia and offers parents and educators hope that children with reading problems can be helped. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels—and for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference.
Packaging and the Environment
The MESA Series combines essential pre-algebra topics with exciting hands-on science explorations to motivate students in both mathematics and science. This book for ages 4-8 uses materials and group collaboration to solve open-ended problems. Students make connections between classroom and real-world mathematics and science. These easy-to-use Teacher Resource Books include activity overviews, background information, reproducible activity masters, and assessment strategies.
Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being too Good?
This thought-provoking book by Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D., and Jan Goldberg explains the differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism and gives strategies for recognizing the symptoms. Learn how to: Identify what perfectionism can do to your mind and body, Recognize what perfectionism can do to your relationships, Set reasonable standards for yourself, Take positive risks and more. This book can also provide adults insight into how their behavior and expectations can contribute to perfectionism in the teens they parent and teach.
Preventing Challenging Behavior in Your Classroom: Positive Behavior Support and Effective Classroom Management
This book by Matt Tincani,
Preventing Challenging Behavior in Your Classroom: Positive Behavior Support and Effective Classroom Management
, focuses on practical strategies to prevent and reduce behavior problems and enhance student learning, particularly Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
Primary Education Thinking Skills
This book contains a year's worth of curriculum, designed for first or second grade students. The group lessons practice and reinforce high level thinking skills. The lesson plans also help identify students who excel in higher level skills for small group lessons.
Program Evaluation in Gifted Education
This book is an experts guide to gifted education, and is part of the essential readings in gifted education series. The topics of this book include gifted education and the major issues, trends, and various teaching methods influencing the field.
Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students: A Guide to Recommended Practices
Written by Felicia A. Dixon, Ph.D., this book is designed to be a reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators of gifted education programs. As such, it is a companion to the lengthier and more in-depth The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education. The first part focuses on the gifted adolescent, including suggestions for academic, personal/social, and career exploration best practices. The second part explicates programmatic offerings available for gifted secondary students, such as AP and IB programming, distance learning, magnet and other special schools, study abroad, and early entrance to college options. The final section moves the discussion from “what is” to “what could be” for high-ability adolescents.
Proven Strategies That Work for Teaching Gifted and Advanced Learners (Grades 3 through 8)
This book by Gail R. Ryser Ph.D. and Kathleen McConnell Ph.D. 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.
Prufrock Press: IIM Research series
Aligned with the CCSS and the TEKS College and Career Readiness Standards,this series of books offers comprehensive plans for integrating a schoolwide research program into existing curriculum. The seven-step Independent Investigation Method (IIM) guides students through group and independent research projects, empowering them with the skills to conduct research in any discipline and to pursue projects in subjects of most interest to them.
Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking
What type of questioning invigorates and sustains productive discussions? That's what Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes ask as they begin a passionate exploration of questioning as the beating heart of thoughtful discussions. Questioning and discussion are important components of classroom instruction that work in tandem to push learning forward and move students from passive participants to active meaning-makers.
Questioning Strategies for Teaching the Gifted (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Learn to generate classroom or small group discussions that challenge students to think critically and creatively. Elizabeth Shaunessy, Ph.D. offers classroom-tested strategies for developing questions and activities that challenge students to think in new ways. Create a mutually respectful classroom climate and design appropriate questions to elicit higher level thinking from your students.
Reaching New Horizons: Gifted and Talented Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Jaime Castellano and Eva Díaz offer a comprehensive overview at the interface between bilingual/multicultural/ESL education and gifted education. The authors have collaborated to create a book that bridges research and practice and has far-reaching implications for educators at all levels as culturally and linguistically diverse students continue to impact public education.
This book by Dave Marks provides parents and educators ideas for discussing fiction with their children. The goal of this book is to help parents teach their children to enjoy reading.
Recognizing Gifted Potential: Planned Experiences with the KOI
Planned experiences have proven particularly responsive to under-represented populations and enable more children of diversity and lower SES to demonstrate gifted potential. Planned experiences are high-level, open-ended activities designed to elicit and diagnose gifted behaviors. Districts have requested this set of activities that grade-level teachers complete with every student to provide equal opportunities for advanced behaviors to emerge.
Re-forming ( Reforming ) Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child
Written by Karen Rogers, this is a research-based book that discusses acceleration of students, grouping within the school setting, and program provisions both in and outside of school. Rogers spells out and categorizes ways for schools, teachers, and parents to meet the needs of gifted children, including which students will benefit from particular instructional delivery methods and how each student need can best be addressed.
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Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners
In this book, Kristin Van Marter Souers and Pete Hall take you to the next level of trauma-invested practice. To get there, they explain, educators need to build a "nest"—a positive learning environment shaped by three new Rs of education: relationship, responsibility, and regulation.
Researching All Learners: Making Differentiation Work
This book provides research-based strategies, instructional responses to the way students' brains learn best, successful guidelines to effectively manage the learning environment, and a teaching palette of 40 strategies for differentiating instruction.
Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn
To succeed in school, students need more than subject area knowledge—they must learn how to learn. Self-regulation, an executive functioning skill, describes the ways that students focus attention on achieving success. Self-regulated learners find personal value in learning, develop effective study habits, welcome challenges, seek help, and use failure as a learning tool. This user-friendly guide makes the process of developing self-regulation as easy as ABC: Affect (how you feel), Behavior (what you do), and Cognition (how you think). Teaching students to balance these three elements builds motivation, resilience, and college and career readiness.
Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services
Part of The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series, this concise guide provides an introduction to the various types of out-of-school programming recommended and appropriate for gifted and advanced learners. VanTassel-Baska includes overviews of mentoring programs, residential schools, summer opportunities, and distance learning. Readers can learn about alternative services for teachers, parents and gifted education program directors.
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Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings
This book provides a framework for educating the gifted in rural settings. Case study vignettes and practical ideas for administrators and teachers are combined with theoretical applications. The book helps bridge the gap existing between rural education and accessible, effective gifted education.
This book by Karen Andreola features an oral approach to teaching the basics of English grammar. This approach is particularly attractive to families homeschooling gifted children, since gifted children often have an aversion to written drill and practice activities. While the books are designed for students in the 4th through 8th grades, the grammar program can be conducted with children of a variety of age levels at once; students may accelerate in the program as fast as they are able to master the material.
Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood and the Search for Meaning
Written by Barbara Kerr and Sanford Cohn, this book explores the relationship between being highly gifted and being male. The book cites research and case studies showing that many gifted boys don't live up to their potential and suffer social isolation, having to choose between excellence and "normality."
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Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness
From preschool to college dating, bright young girls and women endure countless challenges and opportunities. Written by Barbara Kerr and Sanford Cohn, this book explores many of these obstacles and offers practical advice for parents and teachers on how to help gifted girls grow and succeed.
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Smart Kids With School Problems: Things to Know & Ways to Help
Parents and teachers of gifted students with learning disabilities should be grateful for this definitive work on "conundrum kids" - the superb writer who can't add, the talented speech maker who can't write legibly. Chapters on young children provide practical suggestions and ideas for parents trying to decide when the child should start school and teachers trying to cope. The work also covers students up through college and deals with the topics of visual learning, motor functioning, auditory learning, language and learning, and psychological problems. Strategies for dealing with standardized tests and conquering the world of college are also included.
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Social & Emotional Teaching Strategies (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
As a classroom teacher, you play an active role in your students' social and emotional development. This guide by Stephanie K. Ferguson, Ph.D. offers useful advice and suggestions for classroom teachers seeking to support the emotional growth of the gifted children in their classroom.
Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality
A comprehensive coverage of human exceptionalities. This author, with a Ph.D. in the areas of human learning, child development, and behavioral disabilities, presents an emphasis on inclusion in this book. There are chapters on transition, multicultural consideration, and use of technology. See pages 315-361 for
People who are gifted and talented
by Julia Link Roberts.
Staff Development: The Key to Effective Gifted Education Programs
Developed through a joint effort between Prufrock Press, Inc. and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), this book acts as the reference for anyone involved in gifted and talented staff development. Facilitators for gifted programs must be able to plan, implement and evaluate staff-development experiences for a variety of school personnel and support role groups.
STEAM Education for Gifted Students! Upper Elementary Through Secondary Levels: Combining Communication and Language Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Harry Roman presents detailed lessons for integrating STEM Education with Communication and Language Arts. Some examples of lessons are: Critical Workplace Skills, Writing Away to Companies, Technology Reporting, Invention and Communications, Writing an Operating Manual, What Makes a Good Oral Presentation?, A Technical Paper, and The Teacher as Communicator. The book also contains sections for teachers to record their Notes, Ideas and Reflections.
STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming
This book focuses on the rigorous articulation of quality STEM education programming to develop STEM talent among high-ability and gifted learners. The intent is to provide a comprehensive resource for educators designing and implementing each of the supports within STEM education by providing a discussion of each critical component for inclusion in a planned, coherent, and high-quality sequenced system.
STEM Robotics in the Gifted Classroom: Meet ROBO-MAN! Upper Elementary through Secondary Levels (STEM Education for Gifted Students)
In this book, Harry Roman discusses the history of robotics, current robotic applications, robot design and math, STEM robot challenge lessons, and classroom robotic activities. The book contains many specific suggestions for use by teachers of the gifted in presenting an integrated STEM robotics program.
STEM to STEAM Education for Gifted Students: Using Specific Communication Arts Lessons with Nanotechnology, Solar, Biomass, Robotics, & Other STEM Topics
In this book, the authors present detailed lessons for integrating Eight STEM Education Areas with Communication Arts Lessons. These detailed lessons emphasize writing essays, descriptions and poems, and completing various exercises related to the following STEM Areas: Nanotechnology, Solar, Internet, Inventing, Music, Electric Vehicles, MOOCS, Biomass, and Robotics. The Appendices contain further information about the importance and promise of STEM Education.
STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for Gifted Students: Designing a Powerful Approach to Real-World Problem Solving for Gifted
Harry Roman's book discusses Planning and Implementing STEM Education Programs for Gifted Students. This is an Essential Book for Parents and Educators which contains many specific suggestions for use by teachers of the gifted in presenting an integrated STEM program. The book covers numerous topics such as the roots of STEM, the study of engineering, importance of math and math activities for the gifted, employee skills, creativity & imagination in the lab, STEM challenge problems, technology education, and applications to the business world.
Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom
This book from Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. and Tracy F. Inman offers practical strategies that allow all students to learn at appropriately challenging levels and make continuous progress by focusing on their various levels of knowledge and their willingness to learn. The third edition includes strategies for Common Core State Standards alignment plus new Developing and Assessing Products (DAP) tools.
Strategies That Work : Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding
This book covers educational strategies for teaching/homeschooling, focusing on instruction that is responsive to kids' interests and learning needs. It also has an appendixes that includes lists of educational aids, such as books, magazines, and journals, curriculum guides and professional journals.
Successful Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
In this book, Kevin D. Besnoy, Ph.D takes an in-depth look at the various learning disabilities and difficulties some gifted students face, provides practical tips for accommodating and planning instruction for these students, and gives an overview of federal law related to this population.
Supporting the Child of Exceptional Ability: At Home and School
This book aims to help those who live and work with exceptionally able children of all ages, by raising awareness of what it is like to grow up "different". It considers the children's social and emotional development and offers suggestions on how to provide suitable learning environments. The book should be of interest to parents and teachers, and professionals who support the work of schools. The first edition of this book was published as "Helping the Child of Exceptional Ability".
Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders
In this book, James Rickabaugh, former superintendent and current director of the Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL), presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute's half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students' learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence.
Teacher's Survival Guide: Gifted Education
This book by Julia Roberts, Ed.D. and Julie Roberts Boggess,
Teacher's Survival Guide: Gifted Education
, covers topics essential to gifted education teachers, including tips and strategies for recognizing and identifying giftedness, encouraging creativity, and providing the multiple opportunities and resources gifted kids need.
Teacher's Survival Guide: The Inclusive Classroom
This book by authors Cynthia G. Simpson Ph.D., Vicky G. Spencer Ph.D., Jeffrey P. Bakken Ph.D. and titled,
Teacher's Survival Guide: The Inclusive Classroom
, includes tips for classroom success and advice from experienced educators who work in inclusive classrooms and provides practical information for understanding mixed-ability classrooms.
Teaching and Counseling Gifted Girls
This Gifted Child Today reader, by Susan Johnsen and James Kendrick, covers some of the most important issues facing gifted and talented girls during their school years, from elementary school through college. Included are specific chapters on counseling and classroom strategies for help ensure these students' future success.
Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Written by Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. and H. Richard Milner, Ph.D., this guide offers practical advice for building gifted education programs that serve a rich diversity of students. This book features an overview of multicultural gifted education, effective teaching strategies and best practices that support a diverse population of students, and an effective model for building a diverse, successful gifted program. The book also includes a sample curriculum and an extensive listing of print and Web-based recommended resources.
Teaching Gifted Children in Today’s Preschool to Primary Classrooms: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Children Ages 4–9
These proven, practical early childhood teaching strategies help teachers identify young gifted children, differentiate curriculum, assess and document students’ development, and build partnerships with parents. Chapters focus on early identification, curriculum compacting, social studies, language arts, math and science, cluster grouping, social-emotional development, and giftedness in diverse populations. Includes real-life scenarios and extensive annotated resources. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book.
Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom
This edition reflects the author's personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years. Susan Winebrenner's basic philosophy hasn't changed, and all of the proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies teachers love are still here. But there's now an entire chapter on identifying gifted students. The step-by-step how-tos for using the strategies are more detailed and user-friendly. There's a new chapter especially for parents.
Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Updated Fourth Edition)
This is the definitive guide to meeting the learning needs of gifted students in the mixed-abilities classroom—seamlessly and effectively with minimal preparation time. Included are practical, classroom-tested strategies and step-by-step instructions for how to use them. The fourth edition of this “orange bible” provides information on: Compacting and differentiating skill work and new content; Extending reading and writing instruction; Planning curriculum for all students at the same time; Supporting self-directed independent study; Supporting curriculum standards and increasing curriculum rigor; Boosting critical and creative thinking skills; and much more!
Teaching Gifted Students with Disabilities (A Gifted Child Today Reader)
This Gifted Child Today reader by Susan Johnson and James Kendrick is filled with practical classroom ideas, discussions of identification and classroom management. Both authors are professors at Baylor University in the fields Educational Psychology and Communications.
Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today’s Classroom How Every Teacher Can Help Struggling Students Succeed
This book by Susan Winebrenner, M.S. with Lisa M. Kiss, M.Ed. contains practical, easy-to-use teaching methods, strategies, and tips to improve learning outcomes for students who score below proficiency levels. This fully revised and updated third edition of provides information on integrated learning, problem solving, and critical thinking in line with Common Core State Standards and 21st-century skills. It reflects the use of technology and schoolwide cluster grouping in support of all students and includes proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies and step-by-step instructions for how to use them.
Teaching the Gifted Child
A classic textbook divided into three general parts: the gifted child and the changing school program, content modifications and information-processing strategies. This book is meant to help future teachers examine the characteristics of gifted students and presents methods of modeling the classroom curriculum to meet the needs of these gifted students. This thoroughly updated edition gives the latest information, new insights, expanded coverage, and additional pedagogy, while retaining the comprehensive scope and excellent writing that have made this a leading text in the field.
Teaching Values: An Idea Book for Teachers (And Parents)
In this workbook, Gary A. Davis provides activities and excercises for teaching students ages 9-15. Objectives and discussion questions for more than 50 lessons are included. Pages are reproducible and include checklists, quizzes and word searches. Davis assists educators in discussing universal values using creative lesson plans, questions, and role-play.
Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9
This book discusses proven, practical ways to recognize and nurture young gifted children and create a learning environment that supports all students.
The Better Writing Breakthrough: Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great Writing
This book explores three interrelated sequences of the writing cycle—the Discourse Sequence, the Transition to Writing Sequence, and the Writing Sequence—and includes classroom examples and sample lesson plans from across the content areas. The cycle is designed to inspire teachers and help them inspire students to write with confidence and competence.
The Book of Learning and Forgetting
A book about the learning difficulties presented by current teaching methods, which result in short term memory and poor ownership of material by the student. Good for rethinking teaching methodology.
The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model
In today’s standards-driven era, how can teachers motivate and challenge gifted learners and ensure that all students reach their potential? This book provides a compelling answer: the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM). The authors, Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles, explain how the model differs from grouping practices of the past, and they present a roadmap for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating schoolwide cluster grouping.
The Competent Classroom: Aligning High School Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment
This book written by Allison Zmuda and Mary Tomaino helps readers consider the main concepts surrounding creative teaching and ways of helping students take ownership of their learning. It provides insight into what it takes for teachers to learn about, work with, and benefit from standards.
The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children and Limits Learning
Written by Etta Kralovec and John Buell, this book discusses the adverse effects of homework, and raises questions on whether it contributes to a child's intellectual development, its impact on family life, and whether valuable experiences are being lost to homework. Useful to parents whose profoundly gifted children are in the public school system.
The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More
Like other kids their age, highly capable adolescents experience developmental challenges. They’re forging identity, finding direction, exploring relationships, and learning to resolve conflicts. These are difficult tasks to do alone, no matter how smart one may be. The seventy guided discussions in this book are an affective curriculum for gifted teens. By “just talking” with caring peers and an attentive adult, kids gain self-awareness and self-esteem, learn to manage stress, build social skills and life skills, and discover they are not alone.
The Gifted and Talented in Art: A Guide to Program Planning
This guide provides strategies for planning a program for students who are gifted and talented in art.
The Homework Solution: Getting Kids to Do Their Homework
This text, by Linda Agler Sonna, Ph.D., gives parents and educators great ideas on how to make sure students complete their homework. She covers several topics, including how to recognize homework problems, making a commitment, giving praise and avoiding conflict.
The Many Faces of Giftedness: Lifting the Mask
Professor Alexinia Baldwin explores the many ways in which giftedness (intellectual potential) has been overlooked because of an individual's cultural group, handicap, or challenging condition. Baldwin presents the reader with practical suggestions to help provide a more appropriate education to develop the intellectual strengths of these children.
The Mentor Kit
Encourage students to excel in their areas of interest and talent by building a mentor program. In this comprehensive "starter kit," you will find methods for helping students identify their areas of interest, strategies for recruiting effective mentors, ideas for helping nurture a mentor relationship, and systems for growing your mentor program. The kit includes all the material you will need to develop your own school-wide mentoring program. This is a complete "nuts and bolts" program that has been used for more than 10 years in schools across the country by teachers, counselors, and administrators wishing to offer their students a strong mentor program.
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
Written by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, this book offers parents and teachers the tools to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem. Learning optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but also boosts performance in school, improved health, and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach adolescence and adulthood.
The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Learners
This handbook is a great resource for educators and parents. Authors Tomlinson, Kaplan, Renzulli, Purcell, Leppien, Burns, have given a new outlook on developing curriculum and instruction for gifted students by presenting heavyweight curriculum by well known leaders in gifted education.
The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners: Teaching the 4 Essential Steps to Success
Gifted learners are full of potential, but sometimes they’re also frustrated, bored, and even disruptive in class. Many bright students struggle because they have never been taught how to ask for what they really need to improve their school experience. This research-based guide shows educators how to teach self-advocacy skills in four essential steps. Gifted students will: understand their rights and responsibilities; develop their learner profiles; investigate available options and opportunities; and, connect with advocates. These simple yet comprehensive strategies are brought to life in triumphant true student stories. Also included are a facilitator’s guide with complete instructions for conducting a day-long self-advocacy workshop with gifted students.
The Source for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
From diagnosis to developmental strategies to how-to techniques, this book by Regina Richards is the definitive source on students who have difficulty with reading and writing. Offers detailed information on both dyslexia and dysgraphia plus hands-on strategies for decoding and encoding, sound/symbol correspondence, spelling, written expression, teaching cursive writing, and much more.
The Spatial Child
John Philo Dixon decribes ways to identify spatial children by addressing their cognitive perception and offers advice on methods of teaching in the classroom.
The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids: How to Plan, Manage, and Evaluate Gifted Programs for Gifted Youth K-12
Written by Jim Delisle and Barbara Lewis,
The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids
, uses the experience of gifted educators to give teachers insight on working with gifted students. The book discusses: identifying and evaluating gifted students, various plans and programs that can be used to teach the gifted, and techniques to develop network support in schools that often suffer from under funding.
The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
The National Education Association (NEA) published this book to assist educators, school districts and parents who are working to meet the needs of children who are both gifted and have special needs or learning disabilities. Developed by a workgroup of experts in gifted education and special education, this compilation illustrates the importance of awareness, knowledge and proper identification guidelines.
The Ultimate Guide for Student Product Development & Evaluation
From animations to WebQuests, this book's second edition by Frances A. Karnes, Ph.D. and Kristen R. Stephens, Ph.D. features all new products that promote the development of 21st-century skills in students. This new edition discusses how the skills and content gained from the development of products can be aligned with state and national standards. A special section is dedicated to how teachers can nurture the habits of the mind necessary for successful product completion. This book offers a step-by-step introduction to using creative projects in your classroom confidently.
To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD, and More
This book is one of the most popular resources available on identifying and meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students. This updated third edition provides a comprehensive look at the complex world of students with remarkable gifts, talents, and interests, who simultaneously face learning, attention, or social challenges from LD, ADHD, and other disorders. Through case studies and years of research, the authors present a rationale for using a strength-based, talent-focused approach to meeting the needs of this special population. From a thorough description of twice-exceptionality and the unique learning patterns of these students, to strategies for identification, comprehensive programming, talent development, and instructional strategies, this book is for anyone who works or lives with a child who has both startling talents and disabling weaknesses.
Transforming The Difficult Child - The Nurtured Heart Approach
Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley unveil an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with ADHD and other challenging behaviors to facilitate parenting and classroom success. These methods have helped thousands of families to transform their child from using their intensity in primarily negative ways to using their intensity in beautifully creative and constructive ways. This approach has also helped teachers and other school personnel to have a dramatically positive effect on all children.
Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties
This book provides cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive. Viewing the 2e student as neither exclusively disabled nor exclusively gifted, but, rather, as a dynamic interaction of both, leading experts offer holistic insight into identification, social-emotional development, advocacy, and support for 2e students. With chapters focusing on special populations (including autism, dyslexia, and ADHD) as well as the intersection of race and 2e, this book highlights practical recommendations for school and social contexts.
Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students
This book titled,
Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students
, provides an overview of who these students are, how teachers can tap into their strengths and weaknesses, and what educational strategies should be implemented to help these students succeed in school and beyond.
Understanding the Gifted Adolescent: Educational, Developmental, and Multicultural Issues
This book by Marlene Bireley and Judy Genshaft is from the
Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series
published by Teacher College Press.
Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning
This best-seller by Barbara Meister Vitale, provides sixty-five practical, easy-to-follow lessons to develop the much ignored right-brain tendencies of children. Her methods have been successfully demonstrated at workshops, in-service training sessions, and at several major educational conventions nationwide.
Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student
This book edited by Kiesa Kay brings together perspectives from educators, parents, researchers, and students about what works and what doesn't for twice exceptional students. Many asynchronous learners exist in the profoundly gifted population, and in addition to chapters by well-known researchers, the book contains heartfelt essays by parents and teens.
Units of Instruction for Gifted Learners
This informative collection of teaching units, by Diana Brigham, Jessica Fell, Constance Simons, Kathy Strunk and Anthony Yodice, combines skills from the disciplines of language arts, math, science and social studies. A focus on active (rather than passive) learning is evident; teachers who adhere to a constructivist interdisciplinary approach are sure to find this useful. This gifted-specific book is designed for students in grades 2-8.
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Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner
Dr. Linda Kreger Silverman delivers a blueprint for parenting, teaching and living with these delightfully different beings. It is also a manual for discovering and honoring your own hidden gifts.
Using Media & Technology With Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Gifted students are particularly skilled at becoming technologically literate and solving problems in creative ways using technology. From computers and the Internet, to video and sound editing software, to new research tools, education for gifted children in the 21st century offers exciting opportunities. Let this book by Del Siegle, Ph.D. show you how to incorporate these technologies in your classroom.
Using the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts With Gifted and Advanced Learners
This book provides teachers and administrators examples and strategies to implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with advanced learners at all stages of development in K–12 schools. The book describes—and demonstrates with specific examples from the CCSS—what effective differentiated activities in English language arts look like for top learners.
Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Gifted and Advanced Learners
This book provides teachers and administrators examples and strategies to implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with advanced learners at all stages of development in K–12 schools. The book describes—and demonstrates with specific examples from the CCSS—what effective differentiated activities in mathematics look like for top learners.
Using the Next Generation Science Standards with Gifted and Advanced Learners
By authors Cheryll M. Adams Ph.D., Alicia Cotabish Ed.D., Mary Cay Ricci, this book provides teachers and administrators examples and strategies to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with gifted and advanced learners at all stages of development in K–12 schools. The book describes—and demonstrates with specific examples from the NGSS—what effective differentiated activities in science look like for high-ability learners. It shares how educators can provide rigor within the new standards to allow students to demonstrate higher level thinking, reasoning, problem solving, passion, and inventiveness in science.
UTAGS Complete Kit: Universal Talented and Gifted Screener
The UTAGS offers schools a time-saving screener for identifying gifted and advanced learners. Designed to be culturally and linguistically fair, the UTAGS is ideal for schools seeking a nationally normed, statistically sound identification screener. Additionally, the UTAGS includes specific considerations for identifying twice-exceptional learners.
Values Are Forever: Becoming More Caring And Responsible
Parents, teachers and youth leaders will enjoy teaching character development using this creative workbook by Gary A Davis, Ph.D. Activities covering values such as: Life Goals, Accepting Differences and Earning Respect. He asks students, ages 9-15, to think for themselves. Lessons progress from easy decisions and choices to those with more serious long-term consequences.
Visual Learning and Teaching
Emojis . . . avatars . . . icons . . . Our world is becoming increasingly reliant on visual communication. Yet our classrooms still heavily focus on traditional oral and written instruction. In this first-of-its-kind resource, Dr. Susan Daniels channels over twenty years of research and experience into a comprehensive guide of visual learning strategies that enable educators to rise to the challenges of 21st century education. This hands-on resource helps educators create a “visual toolbox” of tools that promote visual literacy across the curriculum and offers interactive activities to encourage visual learning and communication in all students. Digital content includes customizable forms and a PDF presentation for professional development.
Visual-Spatial Learners: Differentiation Strategies for Creating a Successful Classroom
Looking for ways to differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of gifted visual-spatial learners? Visual-spatial learners are students who show advanced abilities with computers, maps, construction toys, and puzzles. These students think outside the box and demonstrate tremendous empathy and compassion. Too often, traditional classroom teaching strategies do not meet the needs of these students. By incorporating visual-spatial strategies to help students learn, you can more effectively reach every student. The techniques outlined within these pages help all learners succeed—regardless of their preferred learning style.
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs
In this book, authors Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith explain what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process. Then they take a close-up look at gifted kids from the inside out—their social and emotional needs. Topics include self-image and self-esteem, perfectionism, multipotential, depression, feelings of “differentness,” and stress. The authors suggest ways to help gifted underachievers and those who are bored in school, and ways to encourage healthy relationships with friends, family and other adults.
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When Gifted Students Underachieve: What You Can Do About It (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D., one of the leading experts in the underachievement of gifted students, looks at the various causes of underachievement, discusses the characteristics of gifted underachievers, and provides educators with solid advice on combating underachievement in this population. This guide offers guidance for understanding the pressures students face in school and at home, motivating students for success, adjusting curriculum to engage these students, improving the self-concept of students, and working with parents to reverse the patterns of underperformance.
Working With Gifted English Language Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)
Author Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D. introduces educators to the complexities and challenges of providing appropriate educational experiences for gifted English Language Learners. This unique, comprehensive book guides educators toward identifying gifted students in this population, including a look at nonverbal and Spanish-language testing, and gives advice for integrating these students into any gifted program.
Your Passport to Gifted Education
This book is a guide to help teachers, parents, guidance counselors and other stakeholders understand the importance of intervention for gifted children and to become an advocate for those individuals who are developmentally advanced. The reader becomes engaged in the analogy of a three part airplane journey to the world of gifted education: ‘Embarking on a Journey;’ ‘Preparing for Departure’ and ‘Planning for Arrival.’ The author offers insightful case studies followed by strategies for both teachers and parents gained from personal experiences and research to identify and work with different types of children who present unique challenges due to their special needs of high potential.
Printed Materials: Online Documents
Computer-Based Instruction Brings Advanced-Placement Physics to Gifted Students
This article by Raymond Ravaglia, J. Acacio-de-Barros, and Patrick Suppes (of Stanford University) describes two college-level introductory courses in physics, with calculus prerequisites, that are entirely computer-based.
Some ideas for motivating students
This article by Robert Harris covers many common tips for motivating children. The author goes a step further by examining motivation as it relates to baseball. The result is a novel look at motivating students.
The Mystery of the Passive Students
This website hosted by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, expresses the concerns of a teacher for her gifted and talented students; they seem to become passive thinkers. Read more to discover her solutions.
Printed Materials: Periodicals/Reports & Studies
Geared toward nine to fourteen year olds, FACES encourages young readers to build their critical thinking skills as they learn to look at other cultures - and their own - in new perspectives. Photographs, maps, time lines, activities, and contests all add interest as children roam the earth in their reading, one theme at a time.
Gifted Child Today
This periodical offers information on issues related to gifted children for parents, teachers and administrators. Topics such as teaching strategies, building effective gifted and talented programs and working with learning-disabled gifted children are often covered. Journal articles also offer advice on identifying gifted children, building effective gifted education methods in specific subjects and much more. In addition, some of the nation's most respected gifted education experts share their knowledge in regular columns.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG)
The Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG) is committed to the analysis and communication of knowledge and research related to the field of gifted education. JEG is the official publication of The Association for the Gifted.
Paths of Learning
In Paths of Learning, educators, parents and others write about the things that truly matter in teaching and learning: caring communities, a sense of place, values of peace, human rights, and sustainability, and respect for learners' own passions, hopes, and quest for connection and meaning.
Schools & Programs: College Affiliated
Millersville University (Millersville, PA) - Masters in Gifted Education
The Master of Education degree in Gifted Education at Millersville University is designed to provide the specialized knowledge needed by teachers and other educational personnel who work with gifted and able students (K-12). The M.Ed. in Gifted Education and Graduate Certificate are provided online in an asynchronous format designed to meet the needs of busy education professionals. The curriculum is appropriate for teachers whether they provide instruction in special programs for the gifted or teach in inclusive settings. Millersville University is also an approved provider of the Pennsylvania Gifted Endorsement.
The Hollingworth Center - Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY)
The Hollingworth Center, a program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, is a service, research, and demonstration site. The Center is designed to provide internship and training opportunities for the gradute students of Teachers College, develop model programs in early childhood education, and offer enriched educational services for children, families, and educators. Primarily concerned with nuturing the talent development of all young children, the Center maintains a special commitment to creating and implementing programs for underserved children and teachers in urban schools, and designing model curricula in areas traditionally neglected in elementary schools.
Schools & Programs: Math & Science Programs
Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP)
This is is the Center for Excellence in Education's program for middle and high school STEM teachers. TEP provides opportunities for rural and urban teachers to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for themselves and their students. All online resources and events are cost-free for all participants.
Websites & Other Media: Apps
This app is designed to help connect teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities. Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value — whether it's working hard, being kind, helping others or something else. Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios. Teachers can also share moments with parents by getting them engaged by sharing photos and videos of classroom moments.
This is a K-2 math supplement designed to promote higher-order thinking and non-routine problem solving. It's designed to be free, challenging, and fun at the same time.
Websites & Other Media: Commercial
6+1 Trait Writing
This online catalogue offers information regarding training and products for the 6+1 Trait Writing framework, a powerful way to learn and use a common language to refer to characteristics of writing as well as create a common vision of what 'good' writing looks like. Teachers and students can use the 6+1 Trait model to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness as they continue to focus on continued writing improvement.
Didax Educational Resources
This organization specializes in helping educators to address individual learning styles and diverse student needs. Each year they introduce numerous innovative hands-on, print, and software tools to help make teachers more successful.
The Discovery Education website is composed of three different sub-sections - Discovery School, unitedstreaming, and Discovery Health Connection. The Discovery School offers free teaching tools, more than 750 videos, DVD's, learning books and teaching tools that can be purchased in their online store. One of these teaching tools is Discovery Health Connection, which features more than 5,000 videos to teach children about health education and the body. Unitedstreaming allows homeschooling parents and educators the ability to choose from 4,000 quality media streaming videos to teach about various areas, such as math, science, and social sciences.
Fuel Education Online Learning
Fuel Education Online Learning (formerly Aventa Learning) is a top educational technology company, has an extensive K-12 online curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses. Classroom resources, independent study courses, credit recovery and test preparation supplements are available for students as well. There are also sections for teachers and administrators, which contain a great deal of useful information.
Gifted Children Monthly - Gifted-Children.com
This networking and information provider (offering a newletter and website) is dedicated to making a difference in the pursuit of educational excellence for children. Gifted Children Monthly offers a wide variety of gifted and talented resources for parents, teachers, students, mentors and other professionals in the GT arena.
Gifted Education Press
Gifted Education Press is one of the leading publishers of books and periodicals on identifying and teaching the gifted. The company produces numerous rigorous books in the sciences, mathematics and humanities, as well as a quarterly publication,
Gifted Education Press Quarterly
As the nation's leading educational publisher for grades 6-12, Glencoe provides more of what you need to teach effectively and efficiently - and to meet the diverse learning needs of your students.
This software can be used by children, adults and therapists in treating a variety of speech, communication, and cognitive impairments.
This website is a free, online, searchable directory of lesson plans. Educator for all grades and subjects will find valuable lesson plan resources on this site.
Owl and Mouse Educational Software
This site helps children learn with games, software and educational activities. Owl and Mouse gives the parents and teachers tools to provide individualized learning for their children. You can download anything from maps to geography to medieval castles to history and feudalism.
The Responsive Classroom® is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms and schools, K-8. Developed by classroom teachers, it consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day. Since 1981, thousands of classroom teachers and hundreds of schools and school districts have used the Responsive Classroom® approach to help create learning environments where children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Educators using these strategies report increases in student investment, responsibility, and learning, and decreases in problem behaviors.
Stenhouse Publishing offers a wide variety of curriculum books. According to the website they offer: Professional Materials by Teachers for Teachers.
SuperKids is a website for parents and teachers who want the best in education for their children. SuperKids provides: reviews and ratings of educational software; practical and fun tools for online and offline use; news about important educational issues; and views of visionaries and policymakers.
Teacher Created Materials
Teacher Created Materials provides nearly 200 literature units based on exemplary children's literature and young adult fiction. Each unit contains detailed lesson plans, literature response activities, discussion questions, assessment tests and rubrics, and all necessary student materials. All Teacher Created Material units were designed and written by practicing teachers and tried out and refined in actual classrooms. The guides are relatively inexpensive ($7.95 per unit) and they cover a wide range of award-winning children's literature and young adult fiction.
The Curriculum Project
This company provides elementary, middle school and high school educators with training, materials, and software. Areas of focus include: differentiation for multiple learning styles and ability ranges; cognitive and metacognitive strategies; engaged, student-centered lessons; technology and training related to differentiated curriculum development and rubric and product guide writing.
The Lesson Machine
An online monthly subscription service offering comprehensive language arts curriculum from a multicultural perspective. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter with cost-saving tips and information about the latest free samples and member updates. Everything you need for language arts is here!
This company offers high-quality resources for exceptional educators. Zephyr Press (publisher of this website) publishes education resources for teachers that help them better understand how kids learn and how they can be more effective in the classroom, focusing on gifted education and the latest research on multiple intelligences and brain-compatible learning.
Websites & Other Media: For Educators
20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Success
This article provides educators a number of unique tips to improve the classroom experience.
Busy Teacher's Cafe
Busy Teacher's Cafe is a K-6 resource site for busy teachers! Here you will find resources, ideas, lessons, free printables, and more!
This online teaching tool uses material from the United States National Archives. The website allows users to find and create interactive learning activities with primary-source documents that promote historical thinking skills. The website also endeavors to teach students about working with primary sources.
Google Web Search - Classroom Lessons and Resources
Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Accelerated Model Course Pathways
This resource offers guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame. The NGSS Accelerated Model Course Pathways are designed for high-achieving students who want or need to pursue advanced level science courses earlier in middle or high school, and at a more rapid pace. Key components of this resource are three NGSS Accelerated Model Course Maps, which outline examples for how schools and districts might reorganize NGSS performance expectations into fewer courses - without omitting any.
Rand McNalley Education and Classroom
The Classroom section of Rand MAcNally's website is packed full with Teacher Resources that include class activiy ideas from "Make your own compass", to "Physical-Political Wall Map" making, to teaching "Ocean Current."
This is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. Raz-Kids offers a digital library of 800+ leveled eBooks for students to practice reading anytime, anywhere; corresponding eQuizzes that measure student comprehension; Spanish eBook and eQuiz translations for ELLs and bilingual programs; and, digital management and reporting tools to easily track individual and class-wide reading progress.
Smithsonian's History Explorer
Smithsonian’s History Explorer provides hundreds of free online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers and families. The website focuses on using historical artifacts and items to teach American history.
Teachers.net - GATE/AP Chat Board
No need to register to participate in this discussion group's postings. Gifted Centers, Advanced Studies in Gifted and Talented Education and Acceleration: Is it the right thing to do? are just some of the discussed topics.
The Differentiated Classroom: DVD Series
These ASCD videos, based on the updated second edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, show educators practical, real-world examples from experienced K-5 and high school teachers of how to divide time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.
The Starting Point--Teaching entry level geoscience
This site is designed for faculty and graduate students teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses. Each section describes a teaching method, its usefulness, how it can be implemented, and a set of examples spanning the Earth system that can be used in your class.
World History for Us All
World History for Us All provides teaching units, lesson plans, and resources for teaching world history to middle and high school students. The curriculum aims to help students make connections from specific subject matter to historical patterns, and may be readily adapted to a variety of history programs.
Websites & Other Media: For Fun
Brought to you by USA.gov, Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. This site links kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. Within each subject, the websites are grouped as either government sites (Federal, state, military) or other resources (commercial, non-profit, educational). The sites listed under the other resources category are maintained by other public and private organizations. When users click on these links, they are leaving Kids.gov and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside websites.
Websites & Other Media: Informational
A Montessori success story
This article provides one parent's account of her child's accomplishments due in part to the Montessori elementary program.
Accommodating fast learners in the Winchester [Massachusetts] Schools
This article discusses the changes being made in Winchester, Massachusetts schools to accommodate the highly gifted population from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Reforms include changes in curriculum and the use of the term "fast learners" instead of "Gifted."
ADD in School
ADD in School.com presents hundreds of classroom interventions to help elementary school, and high school students with "ADD" or "ADHD," Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. "ADHD" in all six of its types, impacts about two students in every school classroom, in every school, in every state, across America.
Best Evidence Encyclopedia
What works in education? The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help policymakers, principals, teachers and researchers.
Bright Now Podcast - Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Produced by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), this podcast is about parenting and educating gifted and talented kids.
Characteristics Checklist for Gifted Children
This checklist hosted by the Austega.com webite provides a characteristics checklist for teachers and parents looking for signs of giftedness in young children. Characteristic traits are listed by broad category of giftedness and include general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative thinking and production, leadership, psychomotor ability and visual and performing arts.
Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites
Cybrary Man's Educational Web Site is the internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents. Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.
CYFERnet is designed to be used by anyone who needs comprehensive children, youth, or family information including: educators, researchers, parents, youth agency staff, community members, human services and health care providers, students, policy makers, youth and media.
This website is produced by Houghton Mifflin School Division, which publishes a variety of educational materials, including textbooks, resource materials, and technology for K-8 teachers and students. Launched in January 1996, Education Place is the longest running website of any educational publisher. With more than 18,000 pages of engaging content to explore, visitors to award-winning Education Place can delve further into the subjects they most enjoy to find helpful teaching resources, textbook support, educational games, and more.
eGFI (Engineering, Go For It!)
eGFI seeks to identify and gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community. From comprehensive data on outreach programs to profiles of “cool” engineers to hundreds of links and readings related to engineering education, eGFI offers useful, easily accessible materials specifically tailored to students’ and educators’ interests.
Electronic Teaching Assistance Program (eTAP)
eTAP is a non-profit education corp., whose purpose is to provide K-12 curriculum for the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, and History on the world wide Internet. The instructional material is designed to assist students, teachers and parents. The Lessons can be used for students’ instruction and for parents and teachers as an aid to help their children and students.
Ethics in the Science Classroom
This extensive guide offers a considerable amount of suggestions and guidelines for incorporating ethics and values into secondary science instruction. Included are links to a number of case studies in which science and ethics intertwine, as well as information on additional resources.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
More than 30 federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is this FREE website.
Free Spirit Webinars
Free Spirit’s online professional development brings experts in education right to your screen. The free on-demand webinar recordings address timely and relevant topics in early childhood education, bullying prevention, gifted education, and more.
This website aims to provide a forum for Canadian researchers, educators, organizations and families to share information concerning gifted education, research and resources across Canada.
Gifted Education - A Resource Guide for Teachers
This webpage is a resource guide for teachers, including information about gifted students, how to identify gifted students, how to work with gifted students, and additional resources. Also, parents may find it useful in working with educators.
Gifted? It is important for gifted children to be with other gifted children...
In this article from the LearnNC.org website, Cathy Kroninger emphasizes the importance of understanding gifted children. She gives tips for identifying gifted learners, strategies for teaching and using resources to gain a better understanding of the gifted.
This website hosts an online community supporting the needs of parents of gifted children. There are elists, a collection of articles, books, links and other information regarding gifted children.
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
This is a comprehensive website about giftedness, with links to articles, resources, and major national programs for gifted children. A separate section of the website provides resources for families with highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted children.
Home Educator's Family Times
Home Educator's Family Times is the homeschool publication for new or veteran homeschool families. The website offers a variety of homeschooling resources for parents, educators, and other professionals.
How Did It Ever Come to This?
This webpage displays the notes for a talk at the National Association of Scholars and provides the author's responses to the process of inflation in education, the death of the “new math” and rise of the “know-nothings”.
Including Gifted Students in a General Education Classroom
Gifted students are not identified and provided IEP's. Ironically, in many rural or small town districts, these students may see a specialist once a month if they are lucky. Some districts continue to use a pull out design so students are still spending a significant part of their time in a general education classroom. This article provides information on how to meet the needs of gifted students in a regular classroom.
"Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning." Individuals carry on the process of inquiry from the time they are born until they die. This is true even though they might not reflect upon the process. Infants begin to make sense of the world by inquiring. From birth, babies observe faces that come near, they grasp objects, they put things in their mouths, and they turn toward voices. The process of inquiring begins with gathering information and data through applying the human senses -- seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling." Check out this website for a more in-depth look into Inquiry-Based Learning.
This online curriculum details the multi-disciplinary scientific expedition projects by researchers affiliated with the Jason Institute. Jason offers curriculum packages for instructors and homeschoolers with students in 4-9th grades, with online access and live video interactions between students and the researchers in the field. The projects look at Earth's physical systems and the technology that we use to study those systems.
Khan Academy Educator Resources
Khan Academy provides free blended learning resources for educators, including a classroom starter pack, free test prep, data tools, and information on differentiation using technology.
Learn: Atmospheric Science Explorers
LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorers (LEARN) began in 1991 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help fill the critical need of science teacher professional development. NSF funded two versions of LEARN. The fundamental goal of both LEARN programs was to increase middle school science teacher knowledge of and interest in the atmospheric sciences.
This website provides information for teachers on lesson planning. The Education Resource Group is dedicated to helping professional educators, student teachers, parents, mentors and tutors educate students by providing access to education resources.
Library of Congress - For Teachers
This online curriculum resource offers teachers (or homeschoolers) everything they need to take advantage of the Library of Congress's more than 7 million online resources. The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.
'Mathematics for All' Must Include High-Ability and Highly Motivated Students
This article written by Glenda Lappan and hosted on the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) website, advocates the need for gifted children to be challenged in their course work, specifically in mathematics. She stresses the importance of using outside resources for children to read and study on their own. Lappan states that mathematics clubs can provide extra opportunities.
Modifying Regular Classroom Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Students
This article link takes users to the Prufrock Press Web site. Laura McGrail states that meeting the needs of gifted students in the classroom "equals and often exceeds" challenges of disabled students. The article is a how to format, listing easy to implement strategies and modifications for curriculum, assignments, lesson plans and scheduling. The article concludes with three separate case studies of how modifying the curriculum was beneficial for students.
National Association of Rocketry (NAR) - Educational Resources
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) helps teachers engage and energize students with educational resources and 40+ years of model rocket expertise.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics
This website offers just what the name implies -- interactive math. Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Learning Center
Science educators can use the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Learning Center as a resource when developing curriculum and lesson plans. Thsi website also contains professional development opportunities, forums and events.
New Horizons for Learning (NHFL) - Johns Hopkins University, School of Education
New Horizons for Learning (NHFL) seeks to provide a forum where educators and researchers will be equal partners developing research questions, conducting research in classrooms, and driving innovation in education. Each partner possesses expertise in either research methodology or classroom implementation. Combining these skills would yield more relevant research of current educational issues and more effective implementation. This model would commence a dialogue between researchers and teachers where both parties are treated as experts and each are professionally developed to learn more about the others’ discipline and spark collaborative research ventures which will feed the site in a generative process, thus creating a more effective connection between research, policy and practice.
Professional Development at The Learning Page
This online curriculum resource offers professionals the opportunity to improve their skills. Through a variety of professional development programs and resources, educators can learn how to effectively use Library of Congress resources in the classroom. Programs include teleconferencing workshops, online and downloadable materials, live workshops and a fellowship program.
Providing curriculum alternatives to motivate gifted students
This article link presents strategies to help highly able students get more out of school. Teachers may find that the strategies enable them to challenge and motivate both gifted students and students who have talents and abilities in specific areas. How to get the best performance from every student is a challenging task, especially in classrooms where there are many different levels of ability. Often, students who are gifted are not challenged to perform to their full capacity because they seem to be doing just fine. Unfortunately, these students may never achieve their potential because they have not had complex tasks and have never learned to really work.
Quantum Learning Network (QLN)
Quantum Learning Network has evolved from a small group of educators in the early 1980's to a global organization spanning more than 14 countries. The Quantum Adademy in Oceanside, CA offers programs on Youth Achievement, Teacher Training, College Success and Adult Learning. Achievement skills courses include academic and study strategies, powerful memory and reading techniques, effective writing, thinking and learning, purposeful teaching practices, empowering leadership, and more. QLN also offers a 10-day
SuperCamp Summer Program
This curriculum enrichment service offers teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter. It consists of a series of instructional guides on important topics in the humanities on the secondary level, such as "Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History" and "Divining America: Religion and the National Culture."
Teachers Try Science
This site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers with STEM lessons and resources for educators. The site also features collaboration tools to enable teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices.
Teaching especially bright students
This article provides tips for teaching the gifted student to play an instrument, and looks at some of the problems that the child may face due to his or her giftedness.
Teaching Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students
There are a series of detailed tips for teachers on how to deal with the challenge that many gifted students face with learning or with social disorders. There is also a list of methods on how to facilitate the gifted abilities of students - not focusing solely on their disabilities.
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented Newsletters
In newsletters published by The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, parents and students can find information on subjects ranging from developing creativity in gifted children to helping with underachievement in gifted learners.
The Quest for Less
This online curriculum from the EPA provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing trash. Each chapter includes one or more fact sheets providing background information on each topic. In addition, each chapter includes an index showing the grade ranges, subject areas and skills used for each activity to help teachers select the appropriate activities.
Web English Teacher
This is one of the most detailed, comprehensive websites for English/Language Arts teaching resources. With detailed lesson plans, videos, biographies, useful classroom activities and more, this site intends to serve as a guide for beginning teachers and provide new ideas for those more established. Educators can use online technology to share ideas and benefit from each others' work.
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
The current nationwide emphasis on ensuring that all students and schools meet high standards has increased the demand for evidence of "what works" in education. Currently, few resources exist to help education decision makers differentiate high-quality research from weaker research and promotional claims. As a decision-making tool, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) helps the education community locate and recognize credible and reliable evidence to make informed decisions.
Word Finding Difficulties
This site provides information about Word Finding for professionals, parents, and learners with word finding difficulties. Topics include definition, characteristics, assessment, intervention, and available course work.
Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing Good IEP Goals & Objectives
This article answers questions like: Why are IEP goals and objectives so difficult? What makes this IEP process so confusing?
Websites & Other Media: Learning Tools
Enhance Learning with Technology
The Enhance Learning with Technology website is a collection of links to help teachers: discover what a useful tool technology can be in the classroom; develop the processes of integrating computers into the learning environment; and locate resources for professional development. Some topics include brain research, differentiating strategies and intrinsic motivation along with tutorials.
This website uses an innovative system of manipulative "weights" to teach the theory behind algebraic math. On the site are several products, including a teacher's guide (video available separately), three levels of study, classroom sheets, answer key and student manipulatives.
The Art of Learning Project
The Art of Learning Project is a non-profit educational initiative sponsored by The JW Foundation. Its mission is to reinvigorate the world’s belief in the power of education by supporting parents, educators, and coaches in igniting a life-long love of learning in children and young adults.