Intellectually Gifted

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  1. LynnB

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    Anyone teach intellectually gifted classes (7/8th graders)?

    I need info on the curriculum. The district that called me about a job doesn't have any specific curriculum about teaching these classes. When I took gifted courses, the instructor spoke about doing units with the students that covered several subject areas and that also challenged the students. But I am still uncertain how to proceed. I am not sure I have the job yet. I have been teaching HS English for the last 7 years.

    ANY help or advice would be appreciated.
     
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    I'm working on my MA in gifted education, so I've had to do a lot of research and such on that. Here are a couple of web sites I recommend:

    http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ - The best starting place for info on the web.

    Institute for Educational Advancement - This page has a huge list of web resources about giftedness, teaching the gifted, etc.
     
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    Please clarify for me what would be considered "secondary gifted."
     
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    Lynn,

    I think the poster meant secondary in terms of middle or high school (elementary school is primary -- middle and high are secondary.)
     
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    LynnB,

    When it comes to gifted instruction, the "holy grail" is compacting, acceleration, and enrichment. I would expect any candidate for a gifted services or instructional position to be able to use these techniques -- so if you aren't already familiar with them, make sure and do your research. It is often referred to as "the triad." http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/levande.htm THese three approaches are the "meat and potatoes" for any gifted instruction program.


    Compacting http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/eric/faq/gt-comp.html, http://www.metagifted.org/topics/gifted/curriculum/compacting/ (very hard to read -- white print on a purple background -- but the info is good.), http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/gifted/schooloptions/curricompact.htm.

    Accelerating http://www.hoagiesgifted.com/acceleration.htm, http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=383,

    Enrichment http://hoagiesgifted.org/eric/faq/gt-enric.html, http://www.slideshare.net/gtteacher/enrichment-20-gifted-education-for-the-21st-century

    Good luck with the position! Gifted students are challenging, but quite a lot of fun! :)
     
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    Wow! Great information--thanks!
     

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