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Explore feature articles and special columns below to uncover practitioner-friendly lessons and curricular advice from Teaching for High Potential authors and columnists. Use the issue reference at the end of the title to access the issue in which the article is featured in the THP Issue Library.

Language Arts     History/Social Studies         Science     

Technology           Mathematics                          Visual/Performing Arts 

Language Arts 

Vocabulary Instruction in the Common Core State Standards Era               Fall 2012  
by Chandler, K. and Dullaghan, B. 
Identifying and developing potential in underserved students begins by promoting vocabulary growth.  

Bridging Literature to Literacy through Authentic Reading Experiences    Spring 2012

by Baker, J.  
Building a love of reading in middle school GT boys by instituting a family novel read, with amazing results for both the child and the parents. 

New Advances…Old Responsibilities                                                                   Spring 2011
by Dixon, F.
Dixon makes a link between 21st Century technology competence and a decrease in grammar application skills in papers. She makes a plea to make sure GT students are able writers in this digital age. 

Differentiating the Curriculum for Talented Public Speakers                         Spring 2008
by Henshon, S.        
The benefits of oral presentations and an outline of how to structure them for GT students.

Nurturing Your Students' Creativity through City Themed Poetry                  Summer 2011
by Henshon, S.        
Finding the creative juices flowing through poems revolving around the urban environment.

Encouraging Students to Publish                                                                            Spring 2007
By Henshon, S.        
A general soup-to-nuts outline of the steps of process writing.

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Organic Storytelling                                                   Winter 2010
by Herman, G.        
Using organic interventions within storytelling for audience participation based on a traditional West African story telling technique called the Capy.

The Arts: Minds In Motion. Student Storytelling Festivals                                  Spring 2011
by Herman, G.        
Using storytelling festivals as an extended, and exciting, authentic venue for student performances.

Technology Untangled: Is This the Future of Reading?                                       Spring 2008
by Housand, B.         
Five terrific online resources to find materials for eBooks to use in the classroom.

Raising Global Awareness through Poetry                                                            Fall 2011
by Pennington, L.    
Using poetry to channel the social and civic mindedness of GT students in ways that reinforce and allow their empathetic feelings to shine through.

The Accelerated Reader Program and Gifted Learners                                    Spring 2010
by Schultz, B. 
The negative effects of tying Accelerated Reader (AR) scores to grades on GT students love of reading.

Talking about Text: Engaging Children in Conversations with Depth and Complexity 
by  Timmermans, K.                                                                                                     Spring    2012
Making use of the Icon Game, in conjunction with training workshops, elementary parents can foster rich conversations with their GT children around literature and reading.

Books, Books, and More Books  

THP’s own Bob Seney, author of Books, Books, and More Books, takes an in-depth look at Language Arts with a visual perspective, presenting picture books as tools to use across the K-12 curriculum. 

Seney’s Top 10                                                                                                           Summer 2012  
by Seney, B. 
Bob Seney makes the case for his top 10 list of all time favorite young adult books.

Picture Books
                                                                                                             Fall 2007
by Seney, B. 
The use of three picture books (Owl Moon, Ah! and Oh!) for creative language development and connections.

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner-A Great Read!                                                     Spring 2008   
by Seney, B. 
Seney waxes rhapsodic on the merits of the 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Hugo and other graphic novels.

Finding the Right Book                                                                                             Fall 2008      
by Seney, B. 
Interesting places that are good resources for finding picture books to use with upper level students.

Pourquoi Tales                                                                                                          Spring 2009
by Seney, B. 
Four Pourquoi books, plus a bonus text, answers why things are what they are in a fantastical way.

The Books in Books, Books are Picture Books!                                               Winter 2011 
by Seney, B. 
The Lion and the Mouse, a 2010 Caldecott Award Winner, is the basis for a discussion of the obstacles and challenges facing GT students.

Book Table Buys: More Than Just a Bargain                                                     Summer 2011
by Seney, B. 
A shout out to find out how GT students feel about a poetry gem of a 1999 novel entitled as The Tale I Told Sasha.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Where Do I Find the Greatest Picture Books of All?   
by Seney, B.                                                                                                                   Fall 2011 
Seney presents two picture books, Mirror Mirror and Magic Mirror, which explore how the format of the book can play with meaning and understanding of the reader.

Playing With Words                                                                                                 Spring 2012
by Seney, B. 
Looking at Calef Brown's picture book Boy Wonders as a humorous and punny way to engage those who love to play with vocabulary and long words.

Textless Books                                                                                                        Spring 2007
by Seney, B. 
Using textless books by David Wiesner and Chris Van Allsberg as catalysts for creative story telling in student writers.

History/Social Studies 

Teaching Current Events as a Feature of a Differentiated Curriculum      Winter 2012    
by Kaplan,S. 
Using current events to spark predictive thinking and help elementary GT students connect how historic events have been transmitted in the past and in the current day.

Subject Matters: Uncovering History in the Elementary Grades                 Winter 2011
by Henshon, S.       
Engaging elementary student inner Egyptologist through an integrative unit of study incorporating archeology, historical research, and creative writing.

Deliberations: Giving Voice to High-Ability Social Studies Students           Spring 2011
by Robson, E.        
Robson outlines the steps and strategies he use in his classroom to build deliberation in weighing viewpoints, sharing perspectives, researching and prioritizing.


Mindsets Over Subject Matter: How our Beliefs About Intelligence Impact STEM Talent Development
by Andersen, L.                                                                                                         Summer 2012
In order to develop talent in the STEM fields, educators must recognize the difference between fixed and growth mindsets, and work to encourage the latter.

They Have Eyes, But Do They See?                                                                     Summer 2012
by Coxon, S.
Building a foundation for scientific understanding begins by looking at the roots of data collection, observation.

Curriculum Connection. Don't Know Much About Biology…                         Winter 2010
by Beasley, J.
Looking at the dynamic between the teacher, student and content in fostering science inquiry  in order to make connections through authentic leaning experiences.

The Changing Weather: Developing Conceptual Understanding in Young Children of Weather Phenomena                        
by Coxon, S.                                                                                                              Winter 2012
Using the macroconcept of change through activity-based lessons fosters second grade students development of a deep understanding of the weather and scientific thinking.

The Sport of the Mind: First Lego®                                                                      Winter 2010
by Coxon, S. 
Looking at how the First Lego League ® competition promotes science, self-efficacy, and confidence in spatially gifted students

Resources for the Educator.  Focus: Science                                                   Fall 2009
by Danielian, J.       
A full range of websites and print resources for worthwhile and targeted science lessons.

Remembering the Gifted in the World of Standardized Testing: Preserving the Rigor and Wonder of Science     
by Fohl, G.                                                                                                                  Spring 2007    
Making science education for GT students meaningful, authentic, and differentiated to combat the woes of current NCLB science classroom practice.

STEM, STEMM, or STEAMM?                                                                                 Summer 2012  
by Schultz, B. 
Pushing for more STEM education does not solve many of the problems our gifted and talented students may face, especially in the areas of testing and applying what is learned.

From Capital Hill to the Classroom
                                                                      Spring 2011
by Green, N. 
How the National Science Board's 2010 Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators supports the celebration of intellectual achievement in gifted children.

Subject Matters. Rocks Rock!: Teaching Geology to Elementary School Students     
by Henshon, S.                                                                                                          Winter 2010
Geology resources and lessons for teaching science at the elementary level.

Subject Matters: The Seven Components of Successful Programs for Scientifically Gifted Students      
by Henshon,S.                                                                                                            Winter 2009  
Strategies for making science connected, relevant, and nurturing for the scientifically gifted student.

Scientifically Speaking: Science is a Verb                                                          Spring 2012
by Coxon, S.     
Recommendations for making science relevant and robust within the elementary school classroom.


Tesla Time: Igniting Imaginations with Web-Based Instruction                     Spring 2010    
by Heilbronner, N.   
The design features of an interactive web simulation to build conceptual understanding of electricity and circuitry using problem-based scenarios.

eFolio: An Electronic Portfolio Option for All Learners                                      Fall 2009
by Skinner, W.       
The use of a web-based portfolio site to promote student reflection and engagement in a differentiated way.

Read Technology Untangled, authored by THP columnist Brian Housand.

A Picture is Worth A Billion Dollars?                                                                     Summer 2012  
by Housand, B. 
There are numerous meaningful and creative ways that photography can be integrated into the classroom. Access to online photo sharing sites along with creative ideas for the use of digital photos can create a spark in your classroom.

Flipping the Classroom: A Revolution                                                                    Fall 2012  
by Housand, B. 
Try “Flipping the Classroom” and see what can happen when students receive information and content at home and apply their newly acquired knowledge while in class.

Online Curriculum: Just Point and Click?                                                            Fall 2007
by Housand, B.       
Several quality online sites to help busy teachers find value added lessons to match the needs of a student in terms of both function and structure in terms of an on-line curriculum.

The Potential Power of Podcasting                                                                        Fall 2008
by Housand, B.        
Several quality online podcast sites in multiple curriculum areas.

Wikipedia: A Land of Truth or Myth                                                                         Fall 2009
by Housand, B.       
The use of four tabs in the Wikipedia toolbar to reap extra information: article, discussion, edit, and history.

Collaboration is a Cinch with EtherPad                                                                 Winter 2010
by Housand, B.       
Using EtherPad, an online word processing site, to have up to 16 students collaborate together in real time without the restrictions of Google Docs.

Happy Birthday to YouTube                                                                                      Spring 2010
by Housand, B.        
Reflecting on 5 year's worth of pros and cons connected with the use of YouTube as well as three sites of particular worth to use.

Going Glogster: Online Posters                                                                               Spring 2011
by Housand, B.       
Using the educational version of Glogster as a way to generate online, interactive posters to promote creative digital expression.

Tear Down this Firewall!                                                                                            Fall 2011
by Housand, B.       
Looking for balance between safety and access to needed information in terms of school's internet filters and firewalls.

Inspiring Student Creativity from SCRATCH                                                         Winter 2009
by Housand, B.       
Using a the free online source, SCRATCH, to teach programming to students through mini-lessons and projects.

Blogs                                                                                                                              Spring 2007
by Housand, B.        
A brief outline of what to look for in setting up blogging within the classroom.

Engaging QRriosity with QR Codes                                                                        Winter 2012
by Housand, B.        
How to make QR (Quick Response) codes, how to use them for classroom instruction, and some caveats about the new technology.


The Wizard of Oz, Santa Claus, and Mathematics                                             Winter 2010
by Gramberg, H.    
Carmody's lessons chronicles the joy of a lesson in which students fully "get" that mathematics is socially constructed and that they can be constructors as well.

Nurturing Mathematical Minds: Differentiation Strategies and Curriculum that Promote Growth   
by Sands, M.                                                                                                                 Summer 2012  
Curriculum for gifted math students should be accelerated when appropriate and opportunities provided that allow for growth in the individual student.

Read iMathination, authored by THP columnist Eric Mann.    

Thinking about Mathematical Thinking
                                                                 Summer 2012  
by Mann, E.
Sometimes it is the simple problems in Mathematics that, when revisited, can lead to new revelations and excitement. 

What's in a Name?
                                                                                                     Spring 2012
by Mann, E. 
In search of the deeper and more essential elements when trying to define what mathematics really is.

Back to Our Roots: Exploring the Development of Mathematics                    Spring 2009
by Mann, E. 
By teaching the mathematical history and thinking behind common algebraic formulas enlivens mathematical understanding in GT students.

Rigor in Mathematics Problem Quality                                                                  Spring 2007
by Mann, E. 
Advocating for the use of higher level, complex, and open-ended mathematical problems in developing a mathematical mindset in students.

Finding the Right Problem                                                                                         Fall 2007
by Mann, E. 
Designing mathematical problems of quality, not quantity, to develop mathematical thinking and understanding in students.

Improving Mathematical Thinking                                                                          Spring 2008
by Mann, E. 
Using messy but well thought out problems and strategies to increase flexibility and persistence in math.

Houston: Can We Have Another Problem                                                             Spring 2010
by Mann, E. 
Using more open-ended creative exercises in mathematics class reaps rewards in confidence and flexibility of thought.

And Waldo Asked, "Where's Math?"                                                                     Winter 2012
by Mann, E. 
Looking at the Math Trails site in order to find problems and places where mathematics thinking and exploration are the name of the game.

Thinking Like a Mathematician                                                                                Winter 2009
by Mann, E. 
Talking about the Einstellung Effect; using a set procedure to answer problems even when less efficient or inappropriate.

Extreme Math Makeover: Classroom Edition                                                       Spring 2011
by Mann, E. 
Engaging online resources to help engage the love of mathematics exploration and thinking in unique and energizing ways.

Using Model-Eliciting Activities in Math Class                                                      Summer 2011
by Mann, E. 
Using Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) in math classes to foster mathematical reasoning and communication skills in a problem-based learning situation.

Visual and Performing Arts 

The Mural and the Nobel Prize                                                                                  Spring 2010
by Golberg, S.         
Painting a group mural leads to more than just paint on a wall in terms of group collaboration and pride.

It's Just a Hobby that I'm Good at: Crystallizing and Paralyzing Influences in the Development of Musical Ability       
by Japp, A.                                                                                                                    Winter 2011 
The effects of positive and negative influences of family, peer and school in terms of fostering expertise in musically talented GT youth.

Read The Arts: Minds in Motion, authored by THP columnist Gail Herman.

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Kids Capture Kinetic Energy in the Visual Arts   Fall 2007
by Herman, G.       
Using mental imagery and energy terms to generate movement and sound creations based on paintings.

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Focusing On the Arts in Kerala                               Spring 2008
by Herman, G.       
Herman reflects on the artistic expression of the dancers and choreographers in this Southern India area. 

So You Think You Can Dance!                                                                                  Winter 2012
by Herman, G.       
Using the Copy Cat dance routine and the Name and Movement dance process for fun, creative thinking, and  building group dynamics.

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Teaching Visual Art History and Appreciation to Young Children          
by Herman, G.                                                                                                              Fall 2010
Joan Boor uses puppets and an Apartment Timeline to creatively teach art appreciation in a creative, playful and effective way to kindergarteners through second graders.

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Storytelling: What's New                                          Spring 2007
by Herman,G.        
Outlining the framework of future articles to cover visual arts, theatre, dance or music followed by resources to promote the use of storytelling in the classroom.

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