3 Ways To Engage Gifted Students in the Classroom

How to Engage Gifted Students in the Classroom

If you are learning how to become a teacher, you should be aware of the different types of students that might come across your path. All students need guidance, but gifted children could use extra special attention. Gifted students show a high level of aptitude in multiple courses. Although excelling in different subjects comes easily to these individuals, they can become bored, distracted or lose interest in learning. As a teacher, you'll need to identify and implement different techniques to keep them engaged while in your classroom. Here are a few ways to help you keep your gifted students alert and fully stimulated:

1. Stack curriculum
One of the most frustrating experiences gifted students go through in the classroom is relearning material that they already know. Instead of going through the motions of just teaching the topics, allow students to demonstrate mastery at the beginning of the course. If they can show proficiency, offer them study guides instead of complete learning packets. This will give the students a chance to learn at a pace faster than the rest of the class and time to pursue other interests afterward. 

2. Develop tiered curriculum
When you have identified an academically gifted person, you can't single them out and only attend to their needs. Consider adjusting your curriculum so it addresses the different ways each student learns, how quickly they absorb the material and the depth of their understanding. Multi-tiered and multi-dimensional instruction creates an environment in which every student can learn subjects at their own level.

3. Make the learning environment student-centered and project-focused
Student-centered learning is a teaching methodology that offers students a higher level of control over their education. They are allowed to make many different decisions, such as the what they want to learn and the way they will learn. Of course, as the instructor, you should try to provide guidance and an overarching goal or objective that the student should achieve by the end of class. If curriculum can be described as a painting, you can administer the broad strokes with long-term projects that outline real-world problems, while your students provide the fine lines with topics they cover.  

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visitwww.wgu.edu/wisecareers_teachers.

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