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Teaching for High Potential has a wealth of material related to classroom strategies and curricular methodology.  Explore feature articles and special columns below to uncover reader-friendly lessons and curricular advice from THP 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.

Classroom Strategies and Methodology        “Use it Now” Tools      

                                     The Curriculum Connection    

Connecting Practice to Research from Gifted Child Quarterly


Classroom Strategies and Methodology  

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.

Creative Process Assessment as a Means to Creative Productivity: How to Help Students Make the Most of their Capabilities                                                                                                                Fall 2012  
by Fairweather, E. 
Facilitating the creative process through ongoing assessments can make the difference.

Selecting Online Curricula for Gifted Learners                                                Fall 2012
by Olthouse, J. 
A look at the criteria to be used in selecting the best online class environment.

Curriculum Compacting: How and Why to Differentiate Beyond Proficiency 
by Caram, C.                                                                                                             Spring 2008
Making learning meaningful through effective assessment, compacting, and acceleration of curriculum.

Differentiating Content Using a Conceptual Lens                                          Spring 2008
by Jeffrey, T.        
Infusing strategic thinking around universal concepts to build depth of understanding in students.
 

Infusing Thinking Skills in the Classroom                                                        Fall 2007
by Gates, J. 
Embedding six strategies and three processes in the curriculum to foster thinking skills in students.

Extreme ESP: Meaningful Thematic Activities for High-Ability Middle School Students      
by Hoffman, J.                                                                                                           Fall 2011
Hoffman outlines an integrated and innovative MS unit of study based on the idea of extreme sports and service projects based on work by noted GT researchers.

Applying Differentiation Strategies to AP Psychology Curriculum             Fall 2008
by Landis, R. 
Applying the educational methods behind AP curriculum to meet the needs of GT secondary students.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Class: Teaching Teachers How to Differentiate from Day One
by Roberts, K.                                                                                                           Spring 2009
A college professor chronicles her use of Sandra Kaplan's stages of differentiated instruction in her English methods class, which can be used with any age group.

Recognizing the Need for a Continuum of Services
by Troester, J. S.                                                                                                     Winter 2012
How Adams County School District 14 uses differentiation and content extension based on a continuum of service depending on the needs of the GT students K-12.

Socratic Circles: Round and Round the Wheels of Thought
by Senn, L                                                                                                                 Summer 2011
A description of the process and value of Socratic Circles to help enrich classroom discussion and depth of understanding within a classroom.

Creative Problem Solving Embedded into Curriculum
by Casilla, A.                                                                                                              Fall 2009
A look at the fundamentals of the Creative Problem Solving Method


"Use It Now” Tools
 

Technology Untangled: Using Google Trends and Analytics to Examine What Interests Us        
by Housand, B.                                                                                                          Fall 2008  

The use of Google Trends and Google Analytics to see patterns and comparisons within knowledge searches.

In Your Toolbox: New NAGC P-12 Gifted Programming Standards: Changes and Opportunities       
by Johnson, S.                                                                                                          Winter 2011
Looking at six major shifts in scope in the new NAGC Standards and what these mean to the GT teacher in the field.

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.

Meeting the Needs of the Multicultural Gifted Students through Collaborative Teaching and Counseling          
by Walker, S.                                                                                                            Spring 2011
Ways to support GT students with high degrees of emotional sensitivity through key activities and collaboration with school counselors and regular education teachers.

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

Subject Matters: Teaching Haiku in the Classroom: Nurturing the Creativity of Students        
by Henshon, S.                                                                                                        Spring 2010
Using haiku to build observation and process writing skills in elementary students.

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.

Subject Matters: Support Creativity: 5 Ways to Make a Difference           Spring 2009
by Henshon, S.        
Practical tips and strategies for building creativity both inside and outside the classroom.

Happily Ever After: Benchmark Testing                                                         Fall 2007
by Schultz, B. 
A father questions the validity of, and stress upon, of benchmark testing on his GT son.

Self-Assessment: Are You Including the Best Practices for Teaching Gifted and Advanced Learners       
by White, W.                                                                                                          Spring 2011
Helping teachers assess how well what they do in the classroom meshes with best teaching practices for students who are gifted and advanced.


The Curriculum Connection


THP’s own Jennifer Beasley, author of The Curriculum Connection, takes an in-depth look at curriculum with advice and tools for K-12 curriculum.

Social and Emotional Needs: Is There a Curriculum Connection?            Fall 2012
by Beasley, J. 
The social and emotional needs of students can be addressed and nurtured by infusing information into the curriculum. 

Teachers Designing Curriculum for High-Potential Learners
                    Spring 2007
by Beasley, J. 
Setting the framework for future articles focus on how to make exemplary GT curriculums within the existing standards-based environment. Beasley also lists four resources to kick of the discussion.

Field Trips: Do We Have Permission to Go?                                                   Fall 2008
by Beasley, J.        
Tips for making field trips worthwhile and meaningful.

When is the Right Answer a Question?                                                          Winter 2009
by Beasley, J.        
Looking at the benefits for structuring knowledge by using Wiggins and McTighe's Essential Questions in class.

Mapping the Way for Mindset                                                                            Spring 2011
by Beasley, J. 
Hints on how to use Carol Dweck’s fixed and growth mindsets to help understand and support a GT student's sense of self-efficacy.

A Summer Assignment                                                                                      Summer 2011
by Beasley, J. 
Five resources for summer reading and wandering in preparation for the next year of teaching.

Creating a Community of Learners: The Foundation for High Quality Curriculum      
by Beasley, J.                                                                                                         Spring 2012
Steps to take to build a welcoming, safe, and respectful classroom community.

Knowing is a Process, Not a Product                                                             Spring 2008
by Beasley, J.        
Using essential questions to bridge the relevancy divide between high stakes testing and low stakes learning.

The Myth of Gifted Curriculum: Rethinking Bloom's Taxonomy               Fall 2009     
by Beasley, J.        
Arguing the case for the 2001 revision of Bloom's Taxonomy not as THE tool for curriculum development but A tool.

Arriving at the Core                                                                                             Winter 2012
by Beasley, J.        
Looking at the impact, or not, of the of the Common Core Standards on gifted education and the NAGC standards.


Bridging the Divide: Connecting Practice to Research from Gifted Child Quarterly
 

NAGC believes that great research comes from great classroom practice, just as great classroom practice comes from great research. In an effort to connect current research from the pages of Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) with quality classroom practice, many issues of THP contain an article written by an author of a related article in GCQ. 

Building on the Best of Gifted Education with Programming for Talent Development
by Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Subotnik, R.,  and Worrell, F.                                Fall 2012
There is great diversity among gifted students in terms of their talent areas, their levels of achievement, and their psychological and social characteristics. A talent development framework that emphasizes several key components has several implications for K-12 education.

Gifted Program Retrospective: Teachers Look Back at Own Experiences    
by Willard-Holt, C.                                                                                                   Fall 2008
Female teachers who were gifted students reflect on the emotional pros and cons of their schooling.

The Role of Teachers when Gifted Students Experience Negative Life Events          
by Peterson, J.                                                                                                         Winter 2009
Insights into situations and events that produce a negative effect on GT students and how teachers can help.

Project EXCITE: Implications for Educators of Gifted Minority Students  Spring 2009
by Reed, M.  
African American and Hispanic youth are exposed to enriching educational experiences, over time and with like peers, to build a sense of  "scholar identity."

Big Ships, Small Ships, Friendships, and Competition: Things to Consider Spring 2009
by Gyles, P.  
How self-concept, social support structures, and competition come into play in the types of friendships GT students form.

Demythologizing Gifted Education: A 25-Year Journey                                 Fall 2009
by Treffinger, D.     
Treffinger tackles the issues gifted education has had to confront in terms of common myths historically and today.

Getting Excited About Learning: Promoting Passion Among Gifted Youth  Winter 2010 
by Fredricks, J.       
Exploring why passion for learning wanes from elementary to high school and possible ways to combat it.

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