TAGT Book Study Series
Building Your Gifted Toolbox: Proven Strategies for Challenging Your Gifted Students
SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 – OCTOBER 26, 2022
You have been assigned a group of gifted children to teach. In your pre-service and/or teacher training you cannot recall learning any strategies for working with this specific group of students. What does that look like? How will their needs be met? How on earth are you going to challenge them? Join author Todd Stanley for an in-depth, six-part book study on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 starting September 21. Participants will take part in synchronous online learning as they explore various strategies to consider with their G/T students. This will culminate at an in-person debriefing/reflection to be held at the fall giftED22 conference November 30-December 2 in Houston. Throughout the study, participants will be exposed to many different strategies and given time to figure out which ones would work best, as well as how to find resources to use them. Participants will leave each session with a specific plan in place so that they can start using the tool in their classrooms tomorrow, along with reflections and suggestions on how they can collaborate with others to implement the strategies across their schools and districts.
This program is ideal for K-12 G/T specialists and any other teachers who work with gifted students.
- Copy of A Teacher’s Toolbox for Gifted Education: 20 Strategies You Can Use Today
- Six 1-hour online learning sessions covering and providing you with tools you can use immediately in your classroom
- Development of action plans for using the strategies in the book
- Cohort of peers to build community and assist in achieving your goals
|Before August 31||After August 31|
- Introduction: The Secret Sauce to Teaching Gifted Students
September 21, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
This session will provide a general introduction and overview of the book, as well as what the chats will look like. We will also talk about how there is no one way to teach gifted students and that you have to find a match with your students, your teaching style/personality, and your resources available to find the best tool belt for yourself.
- Part I: Explore Level 1 Strategies for Your Toolbox
September 28, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
Level 1 strategies have little to no impact on your day-to-day teaching and are easy to implement. Examples of Level 1 strategies would be bulletin board, board game, and Four Corners options. This session will help participants determine which Level 1 strategies are the best fit for their classrooms.
- Part II: Explore Level 2 Strategies for Your Toolbox
October 5, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
Level 2 strategies may require slight adjustments to your day-to-day teaching. Examples of Level 2 strategies would be enrichment clubs, bonus opportunities, and 20time. This session will help participants determine which Level 2 strategies are the best fit for their classrooms.
- Part III: Explore Level 3 Strategies for Your Toolbox
October 12, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
Level 3 strategies will have an impact on your day-to-day teaching, but not consistently. Examples of Level 3 strategies would be the use of pre-assessment, performance assessments, and STEM design challenges. This session will help participants determine which Level 3 strategies are the best fit for their classrooms.
- Part IV: Explore Level 4 Strategies for Your Toolbox
October 19, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
Level 4 strategies are those educators will want to use fairly consistently in their classrooms along with other pedagogies. Examples of Level 4 strategies would be choice boards, students as teachers, and higher level questioning. This session will help participants determine which Level 4 strategies are the best fit for their classrooms.
- Part V: Explore Level 5 Strategies for Your Toolbox
October 26, 4:00 to 5:00 (online)
Level 5 strategies are meant to change the way you teach and serve your G/T students on a regular basis. Examples of Level 5 strategies would be inquiry learning, project-based learning, and differentiated centers. This session will help participants determine which Level 5 strategies are the best fit for their classrooms.
- Part VI (Optional)*: Meetup at giftED22, Houston, November 30, time TBD
Book study registration Includes a copy of A Teacher’s Toolbox for Gifted Education: 20 Strategies You Can Use Today. Limited to 30 participants.
*Participants do not have to be registered for the TAGT giftED22 Conference to take part in this book study.