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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.

Teaching Advanced Students in Language Arts and Social Studies
Teaching advanced students in language arts and social studies

Annie Proulx once said, “The reader writes the story,” hinting at the process of reading as inherently active and creative. For gifted educator and author Jerry Flack (2000), “Reading is the space capsule that allows gifted children to reach for the stars, pursuing their education well beyond the confines of lockstep progression through the traditional curriculum” (p. 22).

We have combined language arts and social studies in this chapter because the two develop similar skills and thinking processes. It can be useful to consider these fundamental areas as we explore different strategies for teaching advanced learners. Both subjects demand a considerable amount of reading, for example. When they read, ...

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