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May 18, 2009

I had the great pleasure to listen in on the webinar: “What Differentiation Should Look Like” for Gifted from UC Irvine – available thru May 20th (see list under recordings). I highly recommend you listen in as well if you have a gifted student who is being served in the regular classroom through differentiation. The tips and ideas provided by Kim Dodds, M.A. and Coordinator of GATE Teachers, are well worth the 58 minutes it takes to listen to the entire presentation and Q&A. Included with the descriptions of what it should look like are valid questions you can pose your child’s teacher about what kind of differentiation he/she is using. Not all teachers have the training to be able to differentiate the curriculum for the high ability students in a mixed ability classroom – it may be important to your student’s success to determine which ones do.

I would hope that districts who are cutting back on pull-out programs and self contained gifted classrooms would see to it that all of the teachers charged with using differentiation to meet the needs of a broad range of students would have training to meet the needs of this particular profile as well. If you know of any who might be interested in beefing up their creds for high ability differentiation you might forward them this link – and don’t delay, you only have a couple more days to download it!

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  1. May 18, 2009 1:59 pm

    I will check out the recording. Thanks for that. I recently did a lecture for as group of trainee teachers on provision for G & T children, but I think they found the whole concept difficult to grasp.



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