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Teaching Structure to Young Writers | تعليم بنية المقالات للكتاب اليافعين

Young writers often have powerful ideas, but they struggle with structuring an essay that expresses those ideas. The struggle with structure becomes even more ...
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Gwen Shankle: Using Fun and Creative Stories with Strategies in Education- Introduction

Gwen Shankle (www.GwenShankle.com) tells how she encourages her 8th grade Science students (75% Hispanic in Northwest Arkansas) to engage by ...
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Stand and Deliver Full Movie 1988 ⭐

Stream Stand and Deliver Full Movie 1988 Online Full Movie Here @ http://tinyurl.com/n46ul4m Full Story Movie: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a ...
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Helicopter parenting has positive perks for gifted and talented students

Helicopter parenting has positive perks for gifted and talented students | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
I was all set to write a negative piece about helicopter parents. That is, until I walked into an American Educational Research Association (“AERA”) session recently, at which Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska was the discussant.
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Dr. Cristy Pelham's comment, October 29, 2016 11:13 PM
Jacob and Amy...I think you both make a valid point and I think keeping these parents at bay might actually create additional problems for schools and districts. I know if it was my G & T parents it sure would be a battle and we would hear form them at school board meetings, in the newspaper (letters to the editor), etc. As much as I hate to see these types of parents I welcome parent involvement to avoid the problems that will haunt me later. I also have many parents who want to have input into what I teach and when. Ugh.
Amy Fulton's comment, October 31, 2016 11:32 AM
I don't think there is necessarily much that districts can do, either. My district would face exactly what Cristy is describing if we stopped indulging helicopter parents, and the administration is certainly not up for it at this point. It is just the era we live in; we can probably really only hope for the tide to turn slowly.
Laurie J. Croft's comment, November 18, 2016 3:59 PM
Amanda, when you posted this, what were your thoughts? You've provided a VERY interesting article--when I see that Dr. VanTassel-Baska has taken a position, I sit up and pay attention ;-) I do think that helicopter parenting is usually viewed as doing more than advocating--when parents contact a *university* professor, it does cause some concern--are they over-involved? I remember a few years ago, a parent sued a district over mandating service hours for all students before graduation--that wasn't important for his child to do. CLEARLY, we do have to agree on a definition--and figure out what we can live with ;-o After all, parents do know kids better than we do (well, some do). I don't know if this is relevant, but I found a link to a Psychology Today article that might be the research: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201302/the-myth-the-helicopter-parent
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Gifted, talented with or without labels and accomplishments

Gifted, talented with or without labels and accomplishments | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Categorizing people as gifted is often based on achievements like high IQ or SAT scores, a bestseller book or award-winning movie, which excludes many.
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History teacher uses unique methods to prepare students for Milestones | Mobile Augusta

Ms. Darden represents the kind of people we need teaching our kids. She's willing to "walk the walk" to her... http://t.co/DxnYOHiOwD
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Six innovative teaching methods you could learn at this year’s EdTech Workshop on May 1 - U of T Engineering News

Six innovative teaching methods you could learn at this year’s EdTech Workshop on May 1 - U of T Engineering News | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Whether it’s informative YouTube videos, educational apps or massively open online courses (MOOCs), digital technology is opening up new opportunities... Read more »
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11 Brilliant Ways To Frame Critical Content: A Complexities Chart

11 Brilliant Ways To Frame Critical Content: A Complexities Chart | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
by Terry Heick, Director at TeachThought 11 Ways To Frame Content: A Depth, Complexity & Content Imperatives Chart Framing content is among the most powerful strategies…
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PowerPoint Vs Gifted Students: Part II

PowerPoint Vs Gifted Students: Part II | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Do you use PowerPoint to teach lessons to gifted students? Consider the pros and cons when choosing to use slides.
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Think Like an Innovator

Think Like an Innovator | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Jeff Dyer, professor at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management and coauthor of The Innovator's DNA, outlines the four ways leaders come up with their great ideas.
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Gifted Math Education: acceleration, enrichment, and the Calculus Trap

Gifted Math Education: acceleration, enrichment, and the Calculus Trap | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Quite often the question arises as to what is better for gifted kids -- acceleration or enrichment. And it seems that many, many parents of gifted kids are adamant that only acceleration could poss...
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Jacob Swift's comment, September 18, 2016 4:38 PM
The author of this post seems to think gifted students should not be accelerated, but they should learn more in-depth mathematics in the same area as their peers. I think she ignores that math curriculum in schools was chosen for a reason, it is seen as concepts with the most utility to all students. Shouldn't gifted students be given the opportunity to acquire all concepts with the greatest utility, before being offered concepts which are viewed as less than useful for the general public?
Jessica Johnson's comment, September 22, 2016 9:51 AM
I agree. As a math teacher there are times when I would love to do more of the extensions and problem solving but we have state standards to follow and they do not necessarily leave time for those things. I am lucky enough to do a graph theory unit with my pre-calc students but I know that most schools do not.
Laurie J. Croft's comment, October 21, 2016 4:15 PM
<BIG SIGH> Over 50 years of research clearly shows that acceleration REALLY IS the best option for many kids....and we have the Iowa Acceleration Scale to help make good decisions. It's SUCH a puzzle to me that so many are completely sold on an organizational model of education that belonged to the Industrial Era (and for reasons that were relevant to that era).
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How colleges are finding tomorrow's prodigies

How colleges are finding tomorrow's prodigies | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
American universities are using online courses to discover gifted students in math, science, and the arts. Meet three phenoms from the far corners of the world.
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Excellence in Education 5.5.15: Michael Giles

Mr. Giles, an English teacher at Levey Middle School in Southfield makes learning fun for this students and does things other teachers don't do. He often times ...
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The Maker Movement and Gifted Education

The Maker Movement and Gifted Education | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
One of the hot new topics in education these days is the “Maker Movement” and personalized project based learning.  Makerspaces (also sometimes called Tinkering Labs, Design Labs, and Creation...
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Jacob Swift's comment, October 26, 2016 1:03 PM
I like the idea of these maker spaces, and I have observed one in a local middle school in which I completed a practicum experience. They seem to be great in theory, but the practice of creating one is often expensive. Do you think you could convince a principal or a local donor to provide the necessary funds for one of these spaces? Can the spaces be used to draw out an entrepeneurial mindset in students?
Amy Fulton's comment, October 31, 2016 12:37 PM
I am trying to get around the expense by asking my students and the parent support organization for my program to bring in found and recycled items to use for projects that require construction. I think that this makes students think about ordinary objects in more creative ways, and then my budget is only on the hook for items like hot glue guns, etc. and project specific items needed. It's not perfect, but it is something.
Laurie J. Croft's comment, November 18, 2016 4:00 PM
Amy, those are great ideas! Jacob, I wonder if you can't find a grant to bring in some of what you want!
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History teacher uses unique methods to prepare students for Milestones - The Augusta Chronicle

Sherri Darden's U.S. history class Thursday morning looked less like a Georgia Milestones test review session and more like game night.
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Balancing Teaching Methods with Wisdom: Teaching Teenagers

Balancing Teaching Methods with Wisdom: Teaching Teenagers | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
By teaching a Yoga class to your teenage students that is a balance between the more active sequences, such as the Sun Salutations, followed by a series of restorative seated forward folds, you will help them to discharge anxious energy and bring...
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Gifted and Talented: You are responsible for your gift.

Positive motivation.
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Jacob Swift's comment, October 26, 2016 9:03 PM
Is there any way to stop gifted students from dismissing these messages as irrelevant to their lives? I'm not sure if the social responsibility argument for achievement of gifted students will inspire motivation in them. When I was in school, I know I often tuned out these kinds of speeches, but maybe I was in the minority. Additionally, did this video remind anyone else of a scene in the first Spiderman movie?
Amy Fulton's comment, October 31, 2016 1:40 PM
Positive motivation is right! That was a great video to start my week out with. Jacob asks a challenging question. I think that the best we can do is to keep providing these messages to students, even if we aren't sure that they're getting across. You never know what is actually being absorbed. There have been some many times when a former student has messaged me on Facebook and said, "Remember when you told us this? Well, I did this today and thought of you. Thanks!" My reaction is always "Huh. S/he was listening!" Students have to come to realizations about their place in and impact on the world in their own time, and some of them might not come to that point until much later in life. Hopefully they have had someone in their lives who has prepared them to take it and run with it when that moment does happen.
Laurie J. Croft's comment, November 18, 2016 3:36 PM
I'll have to watch the Spiderman movie again ;-) I do know what Jacob is talking about--but when I work with international educators, I've often encountered a different attitude: it's just built into programs that gifted kids will give back. International schools in India took a couple of weeks each year where ALL kids chose options for giving back; the Israeli Arts & Science Academy ensures that all students are tutoring older citizens, or kids, or ... Why is contributing to society a *thing* in other countries, but not in ours :-(
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This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago - Quartz

This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago - Quartz | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
A 40-year experiment in education that's working.
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Flickr: The Gifted Education PhotoQuotes Pool

Flickr: The Gifted Education PhotoQuotes Pool | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
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Is Gifted Education Relevant at the High School Level? | Global ...

Is Gifted Education Relevant at the High School Level? | Global ... | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
This week's gtchat considered whether or not gifted education is relevant at the high school level. Jen Merrill may have said it best, "A person is gifted from birth to death, regardless of educational setting, so yeah, it's relevant ...
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Six Ways to Meet Bright and Gifted Kids' Needs Without Much Extra Work

First, note, in a slip of the tongue, I said "succession" when I meant "secession." Sorry. Here is a slightly more sophisticated and nuanced version of the v...
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A guide to philosophical enquiry in the primary classroom

A guide to philosophical enquiry in the primary classroom | Methods and Materials for Gifted Education | Scoop.it
"Miss, are we here for a reason?" Lisa Naylor explains how she encourages her primary students to debate life's big questions
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