Instructional Approaches to Support Gifted Learners

Fri, 2/1: 2:45 PM  - 3:45 PM 
566 
Multi-Presentation Session 
Friday, February 1, 2019 
Indiana Convention Center 
Room: 212 
PDHs:

Moderator

Lynette Breedlove, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Primary Topic Area - Required

Gifted and Talented

Presentations

Preassessment and Reflection: Bookends of Meaningful Learning

Abstract

Based on readiness, learning profile, or interests, preassessment establishes the baseline for student knowledge, skills, and interests in a topic or content area to be studied. Likewise, reflection at the conclusion of a unit of study enhances learning by tying new learning to previous learning and raising questions for future study. Preassessment establishes the starting point while reflection provides links to previous learning and directs future study. Preassessment and reflection are the bookends for meaningful learning, especially for learners with gifts and talents. 

Session Leader

Tracy Inman, The Center for Gifted Studies/Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Co-Presenter

Julia Roberts, The Center for Gifted Studies/Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Providing Authentic Learning Opportunities in STEM for Low-Income and Diverse Learners

Abstract

A summer engineering camp provided elementary students (Grades 3–6) inexpensive (or free) summer enrichment experiences in engineering. This presentation will discuss components of the camp, efforts to attract low income and diverse students, student gains in engineering knowledge and interest, and lessons learned. 

Session Leader

Debbie Dailey, University of Central Arkansas, Conway

Co-Presenter

Michelle Buchanan, University of Central Arkansas, Conway

Creating Online Communities: Cultivating a Community of Gifted Learners

Abstract

Gifted students tend to have a smaller localized network of like-minded peers with whom to enjoy, collaborate, and share ideas. An online platform specifically tailored to the gifted community can offer a much needed social and academic network. By examining how one program has focused on cultivating three different communities: gifted students, parents, and teachers, this session will explore how different types of online platforms create vibrant communities of learners. Participants will leave this session with practical strategies on how to start their own online community and with resources to cultivate their community of learners on an ongoing basis. 

Session Leader

Andrew Bauer, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Evanston