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2012 TAGT Legacy Book Award

Low-stress tips for challenging high-ability learners

Many teachers ask: “What do I do for students who finish their work before everyone else? Is there anything I can use that doesn't require me to read a long textbook with complicated instructions?” If you would like to do more for gifted students and need simple strategies that you can use tomorrow, this book is for you. Inside are helpful methods for challenging students who need more than the regular curriculum can provide. Readers will find practical tools, including: Tips for using existing resources and potential; A progression from simpler to more complex adjustments for advanced learners; Specific lessons for language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts

The authors' strategies can be tailored to benefit students of varying abilities. The lessons are easy to integrate, consistent with curriculum standards, and described in practical terms. You will also find ready-to-use reproducibles, helpful vignettes, and additional resources for differentiating instruction so that all students are challenged to reach their potential.


This book is for teachers who would like to do more for advanced students but feel unequipped to do so. This may be because of time constraints, a perceived lack of information on gifted education, or the loss of funding that once provided helpful resources for teachers. Whatever situation you face, this book offers quick and immediate help in supporting your efforts to assist students who need more than the regular curriculum can provide. The idea for the book emerged because we kept seeing the struggles of teachers who wanted to assist these students but felt overtaxed by their other responsibilities. Frequently, in workshops or seminars or in private emails, we would hear such comments as the following:

“What can I do right now in ...

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