Gifted and Talented Classroom Strategies
Creative Thinking Activities - Allows students the opportunity to think diversely and solve problems by looking for solutions from different perspectives.
Curriculum Compacting - Modifying or “streamlining” the regular curriculum in order to eliminate repetition of previously mastered material and to provide time for appropriate enrichment and/or acceleration activities while ensuring mastery of basic skill.
Differentiated Curriculum - Curriculum which is qualitatively changed to better match the learning characteristics and needs of high ability students.
Independent Projects - Students work on projects independently with teacher supervision. These projects go beyond the regular depth of classroom instruction.
Learning Centers - Areas set up in a classroom that provide for enrichment.
Learning Contracts - Student and teacher sign a contract that allows the student to be involved in independent or group study.
Mentorship - A program option which provides an opportunity for students to be paired with a teacher, parent, or community volunteer in an area of expertise or interest.
Pre-Testing - Students are given a test before a unit of study begins for the purpose of modifying curriculum for different abilities.
Pull-Out - A method used where students work with the gifted and talented coordinator or another adult on special projects.
Subject Acceleration - A student takes a higher level of a particular subject at an earlier age/grade level than normal.
Thematic Units - A teacher or teams of teachers use a unifying theme to teach material from one or more content areas, i.e. courage, Greece, friendship.
Varied Assignments - Daily assignments are modified to meet the needs of high ability learners.