Using Practical Differentiation Strategies to Meet the Learning Needs of Gifted Students, Grades 2-6

Course Objective/Goals

In this video-based online course, classroom teachers demonstrate several practical ways to differentiate instruction and learning for gifted and highly capable students within whole group, small group, and individual settings, grades 2-6. Five differentiation strategies are highlighted: tiered assignments, flexible grouping, providing choices, orbital studies, and curriculum buyout.
The purpose of this course is to show several practical, classroom-proven differentiation strategies that will enable you to better meet the needs of gifted and highly capable students in grade 2-6 classrooms. You'll see teachers increase subject area complexity, adjust content pacing, and deepen student thinking-- all within the context of grade level curriculum.

You will learn how to:

  • provide choices that enable gifted students to pursue their interests and deepen their understanding of curricular content and concepts
  • make optimum use of tiering within whole class assignments and independent activities
  • tap the power of small flexible learning groups, both teacher-directed and student-directed, to stretch and challenge students’ thinking
  • organize and monitor orbital studies and curriculum buyout projects in ways that increase gifted students’ motivation, productivity and learning
  • involve a variety of people in meeting the special learning needs of gifted students

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Optional Graduate Credit

Optional Brandman University Graduate Level Professional Development Credit course code: EDDU 9897

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