Gifted Learners in a Regular Classroom
Welcome back from the holidays! I hope everyone enjoyed some time off. I know I did. Little Johnny has been sitting in your class for a while now. You have noticed he is a bright student. He always gets his work done. However, during your teaching he tends to question your knowledge on certain subjects. He asks questions the other children aren't interested in or just don't understand. Now he is becoming a behavior issue. What are you going to do with this child for the remainder of the school year? We've all had a Johnny in our classroom. As we begin again in January, I thought I would toss out some strategies for the gifted learner in the regular education classroom. I would also love to hear what you are doing for your gifted learners in your classroom!
With all that teachers have on them, how do you plan 23 different individualized lessons? Differentiating curriculum is a great concept but who has time for all the planning? I know it can be overwhelming, so here's a few ideas that my colleagues and I use. To begin with, the internet is one of your best resources. Take a subject that you will be teaching, for example the solar system. Go to Webquest. Search in their database for a webquest on the solar system. It is laid out for the learner to complete the research to then complete a project. The rubric is right there for you with everything the student will need. Let that student work on their project while you are teaching that subject. At the end of the project, let the student present their project to the class. You have just differentiated the learning for that gifted student. Try out Scholastic as well, they have webquests and other projects to support what you are teaching. I like to Google everything, so google your subject and if you like webquests, add that to your search. I have found endless ideas already created to use in the regular classroom. Gifted children need the stimulation in the classroom. They can become the behavior issues in the classroom when they are bored. I would love to hear what you are doing in your classroom for your gifted students!