Enter to Win Award-Winning Gifted Education Books!

Enter to Win Award-Winning Gifted Education BooksThis month we’re giving away The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model and Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students: 50 Strategies for Equity and Excellence. Two lucky readers will win these award-winning gifted education books!

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56 Responses to Enter to Win Award-Winning Gifted Education Books!

  1. Valerie Carroll says:

    As an ECE teacher, I recognize that our children have many gifts and I consider all of them “gifted”. For the child who is gifted socially, I encourage him or her to work help one of our children who may be reluctant to participate. It’s amazing to observe even virtually. Our artistic ones are encouraged to lead a song, share a drawing, lead a dance, etc. Are math students are encouraged to solve numerical problems and are writers help create the morning message.
    As stated earlier, all of our children are gifted! We just acknowledge it and meet their needs!

  2. Kristy Pitt says:

    Students in our program are given challenging activities/lessons in order to produce higher order thinking. These children are given the opportunity to help other children in the classroom which in turn helps facilitate social and emotional growth.

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  6. As a teacher, I worked for gifted students who were unidentified because they didn’t meet the gifted stereotype that so many use to identify gifted students. I advocated on their behalf to their teachers and school at large as well as to their parents and created opportunities for them to interact with other students within the school who were gifted like them but not stereotypical. I since have returned to school to work on my Ph.D. in hopes of becoming a better advocate for gifted individuals.

    • Liz Mulroy says:

      Good for you Kimberleigh, I work with some gifted preschoolers, and older children in our program who are there when they are not at school because of Covid.It is so frustrating to try to get them the right servicesthat they need now, especially when overwhelmed parents are in denial about their child’s challenges.

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  10. Dawn Schechtman says:

    I help gifted students succeed by working with students to be challenged in the classroom and in my class and to help them learn through productive struggle. I also adapt my curriculum based on the interests and needs of my students.

  11. Melanie Harlow says:

    When working with gifted students the goal is always to help with them resilience. I enjoy using bibliography with them to help foster discussion. I am always in for reading new information that will help foster relationships among students. Free Spirit Publishing is a great resource!

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  13. Guillicruz7@gmail.com says:

    These books look interesting.

  14. Ergul Gunerhan says:

    I provide them opportunities where when are challenged and enjoy learning individually and in collaborative teams . For instance, I help them learn coding to express themselves artistically .

    • Liz Mulroy says:

      That is wonderful! I try to do the same, using art and music. It was so hard for my special needs students to not get any help for months because of the Covid. Do you notice more stuttering now? I have. I find that providing fun role playing games and other opportunities, make them laugh loudly which helps them a lot. Joy is so important in the classroom.

  15. Jennie Treadway says:

    By providing resources to the students AND their families. Right now families need resources too.

  16. Kathryn Hopkins says:

    I have worked with gifted students over 35 years of my 43 years in Education in formal 9-12 and informal K-12 education situations. To really listen to what they have to say makes a lot of difference to many of these students. Using interactive journals with these students was one way I gave them an outlet to let me know what they were thinking, planning, and feeling.

  17. Angel Prom says:

    Individual lessons at their level

  18. Donna Ruis says:

    I teach Gifted Enrichment to K-12th graders. One common thing that I focus on with each and every Gifted student is the importance of using critical thinking skills to solve problems, to think for ones’ self, and to think through all possibilities.

  19. Ginny says:

    I work with AIG students in 4th and 5th grade. I provide enrichment and or replacement activities through Google Classroom. Our discussions and challenges provide opportunities for students to think differently and know their “giftedness” is valued.

  20. Cathy Gilbert says:

    I actually struggle with serving my Hi-Cap students in a school of 600 students as the only counselor. These resources would be so helpful, especially identifying Hi-Cap students in marginalized populations.

    • Liz Mulroy says:

      I can’t imagine how challenging that must be for you. You are a real hero. We are having great difficulty trying to hire new qualified teachers in our classrooms. Almost 1/2 of our teachers left the program because of Covid related issues, and only a few people have expressed interested in the vacant teaching jobs.

  21. Therese Roques says:

    I look at the students’ strengths and creativity to incorporate it into what they are learning in their gen ed classes. I also look for ways to increase their mindset and SEL.

  22. Carol Ledesma says:

    I give extra attention

  23. April Parker says:

    I am a Curriculum Director. I plan for our middle school students to have access to higher math classes. I also help the teachers differentiate their instruction by meeting with small groups to extend the curriculum for gifted students.

  24. Maria Lee says:

    We here at the Sharon Hill Public Library make available to gifted students the necessary resources they need to succeed. We would love to win a copy of the gifted education books to add them to our collection. Thank you.

  25. Haydee Davila says:

    I help my gifted students by giving them various strategies to show their work. One strategy is SCAMPER. Students love to create new things out of old things with this strategy. Each gifted student is creative in their own way. They get to choose the letter they want to create with,

  26. Jane Smith says:

    The best way I can help students be successful is to get to know them as individuals. Rigor and challenge are important, but forming a relationship with a student, letting them know they are important and valued for more than their academic strengths, is critical for me. Often, I partner with students and families over a number of years, and that is incredibly beneficial for all.

  27. Jazmine Aceves says:

    By providing them with support and listening to them.

  28. jane bartosz says:

    Students are gifted in so many different ways, it’s hard to reach and encourage all of them in the way they need. I try to offer multiple opportunities to demonstrate their strengths.

  29. Erin Haynes says:

    As a Gifted Specialist I provide pull out services, whole group talent development lessons, and individual support as needed, but another really important job is advocating for my gifted students in their regular ed classrooms!

  30. Our classroom is surrounded with everything imaginable. There are books on most subjects from religion, history, fiction, creativity, architecture, math, literature, medieval times, to myths and legends. We have a makerspace we created. The decorations are theirs not mine. We have supplies, games and computers for coding. Our I attempt to stress that it is their classroom. Their safe space. The place where they can be themselves. We work on individual goals. We self-evaluate and value peer feedback. We stress critical thinking, research, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, and creativity. We are a family. We work together to help each other succeed. I am available before school, during their lunch and after school if they need me. I always feel I do not do enough, but I try to be there for them to guide them and listen. I attempt to educate those around them on how to help them as well via our classroom social media pages as well as parent/teacher conferences. I have Wakelet collections with articles that I also offer at parent/teacher conferences as well. I know when they are struggling, I see it in their words (or lack of words), their actions, and their work. I pray I am helping the way they need.

  31. Renee Catalano says:

    I work with teachers to provide opportunities to use science to stretch their skills and capture their interest. Right now our gifted 7th & 8th graders are designing new ways to detect and model waves. Some are looking at affordable and effective ways to block light waves, others to detect seismic waves, and another team is researching using wave motion to clean pools.

  32. Jane says:

    I am one of the gifted specialists for my school. I pull students daily into small cohort. I also push-in to classrooms and work with identified and high-achieving students as well as plan with the teachers to create differentiated tasks and lessons.

  33. Sherrilynn Bair says:

    I love Free Spirit Publishing!

  34. Florcie Desouvre says:

    As a Child Development Specialist, I serve families of children 0-8 conducting ASQ-3 (Ages and stages Questionnaire) this is a questionnaire developed to see if the child is developing on the right track. I have found that in the lower income communities and the children who have some form of disability, they will score lower and will need to be referred for early intervention services.

  35. mrsmandra says:

    By ensuring they are not forgotten amidst focus on struggling learners. They are entitled to our dedication as well. Too often they are deemed “OK” so they are overlooked.

  36. Stacy says:

    I act as a talent scout!

  37. Gary Metzenbacher says:

    We provide additional one-on-one time for our gifted students; often outside of the regular school day but almost always including giving up our lunch period to work with our gifted students on special projects.

  38. Charis Bower [Duncan ES] says:

    I help gifted students succeed by offering them differentiated challenges during instruction, by pulling them for small groups, and by encouraging them to explain their thinking and help classmates.

  39. Gayle Green says:

    Worked as a county wide G/T consultant to produce opportunities for acceleration, exploration and enrichment for all, i.e. Academically Talented Youth program for MS students in Math and Reading, Quiz Bowls, Science Olympiad…..

  40. Vanessa says:

    I help gifted students succeed by believing in their full potential. I cheer them on every step of the way! I also do my best to individualize lessons and routines to meet their individual needs. Taking even just a little bit of time out of your day to help them makes such a difference.

  41. Wendy Fuschetti says:

    Choice, choice, choice, extended projects, and accelerated curriculum.

  42. Liz Mulroy says:

    Educators need the resources, like these books and other diverse sets of tools and techniques to implement important changes in their classroom. We need to incorporate all the students in the classroom. These books look very inspiring, and it is important to keep an open mind when creating a classroom environment that does not place children in a “box”. I would love to have these books and share them with my other co-teachers.

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  46. Crystal Famania says:

    I am always exploring ways to identify and help underserved students in our district. This book would be an awesome read to help us find ideas!

  47. these books sounds interesting

  48. Danielle Indri says:

    I help gifted students succeed by giving them the opportunity to work on higher level academic material and help other students.

  49. Karla Crane says:

    Our district has implemented an early identification model for K-2 and a cluster grouping model for middle school students.

  50. Robin Sabo says:

    I help gifted students succeed by provided a lot of choice and voice is how they can learn and how they can show what they know.

  51. Sarah Bittner says:

    I work with the planning of all the Talent Development and Gifted Education services. We are in our second year of reset with all of our 26 elementary schools and the teachers are diligently planning for all virtual and hybrid instruction.

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