Thursday, November 10, 2011

Article on Supporting Gifted Students from EdWeek

I read a great article this morning on the EdWeek website.  The article is written primarily for teachers, but it has some great information.  Parents may enjoy it, or find it a useful resource to share with their child's educators.

Check it out here.

This was just one of the great points the author shared:

"Teachers today have an abundance of data about our students—and if we don't have it, we can acquire it. Analyze performance data to determine what your gifted students already know and what they still need to learn. If students know the material, they should be learning something else.
At the beginning of this year, I administered baseline reading and math assessments to my students. Not surprisingly, some of my students scored 90 percent and higher…one student even scored a 100 percent! The data showed me areas in which individual students needed grade-level instruction and areas in which students were ready to tackle more advanced concepts and skills. I can do a better job of teaching my students when I know their stats."
I am so thankful teachers are realizing that they don't have to be bound to simply teaching all students a prescribed curriculum.  This teacher, and hopefully many others, are realizing that students often know more than we think they do.  Nothing is worse than having to sit for hours, days, months on end listening to information we already know.
EdWeek is doing a spotlight on Gifted Education this week, so be sure to check out more of their great articles.

1 comment:

  1. Every good and innovative teacher will agree that they should not be bound with the prescribed curriculum. It is indeed just right to diagnose what students know so that the teacher would know where the gap is, and fill that gap.


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