Teacher HP Resources
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for TEACHERSThe Gifted & Talented Learner in Your Classroom: Characteristics & Instructional ImpactsGifted & Talented (GT) students are found in many classrooms and they have specific needs. Secondary High Potential Specialist, Sean Hildebrandt, has developed workshops that introduce teachers and staff to the unique characteristics of this, often overlooked, population of students. Workshop participants can expect to examine physiological, social-emotional, and developmental characteristics of GT students. Participants then apply this working knowledge to classroom instruction. Sean can provide practical suggestions and specific examples that are grounded in the most current instructional research. This engaging introductory workshop leads perfectly into more specific training in differentiated instruction. Teachers: Contact Sean if you are interested in scheduling a workshop as a Professional Growth Opportunity (PGO). This PGO can meet the accommodation/modification (differentiation) relicensure requirement.A Pathway to Differentiated Instruction: A series of Professional Growth Opportunities
Differentiated Instruction is a collection of strategies that tailor instruction to appropriately challenge students of all ability levels. Secondary High Potential Specialist, Sean Hildebrandt, designed the Pathway series of workshops for teachers who are motivated to explore, build, implement, or advance differentiated lessons or activities. Each workshop in this series is mutually exclusive and focuses on a particular aspect of Differentiated Instruction. The focus is always, however, on meeting the needs of high potential students in the classroom. Sean can facilitate and customize any workshop in the series to individual teachers, PLCs, or large groups at the secondary level. The workshops are engaging, useful, and enjoyable. Teachers: Contact Sean if you are interested in scheduling a workshop. Each PGO can meet the accommodation/modification (differentiation) relicensure requirement.
Session 1: Knowing Your StudentsAs you know, each and every student has a unique set of learning preferences, a “learner profile.” In fact, using learner profiles to guide instructional planning is an essential component of differentiated instruction. Why not spend an hour learning how you can create a learner profile for every student in your class and learn a little about yourself in the process? Several interactive tools and templates will be shared so that teachers can easily customize a product that you can use! An interactive, web-based version of this module is also available on edmodo. Staff can “join this class” as a student to access slideshows, watch select videos, complete mini-activities, and submit items allowing for collaboration with the secondary high potential specialist.
www.edmodo.com “A Pathway to Differentiation: Knowing Your Students” Class code: mpq8vf
Session 2: Flexible Student GroupingMany teachers enjoy planning group projects to serve as formative or sumative assessments. Creating optimal groupings, however, is a challenging task in and of itself. One project or activity may benefit from mixed-ability groupings while another would benefit more from homogeneous groupings. Find out what is currently considered best practice in the area of flexible student grouping so that you can plan your group projects with even more confidence. Shared resources will allow teachers to customize and apply what is learned into their own curriculum. An interactive, web-based version of this module is available on edmodo. Staff can “join this class” as a student to access slideshows, watch select videos, complete mini-activities, and submit items allowing for collaboration with the secondary high potential specialist
www.edmodo.com “Flexible Student Grouping” Class code: jvk9bt
Session 3: Differentiating a Lesson PlanDesigning instruction responsive to an increasingly diverse spectrum of student interests, student learning styles, and student ability levels is a difficult task. Creating differentiated lesson plans is considered best practice when addressing this classroom diversity. But what does differentiated instruction actually mean? What gets differentiated? How would I differentiate a lesson plan? Where do I start? It can seem daunting. Get the answers to these questions and more as you learn the basic mechanisms of differentiated instruction. Several design tools and templates will be shared so that teachers can thoughtfully differentiate a lesson of their own that can be incorporated into the curriculum.
Session 4: Independent Enrichment Projects
Do you have students in your class that are consistently finishing their work early? Perhaps, a student or two have already mastered the material you are about to teach. Independent enrichment projects are an excellent differentiation strategy to use in these situations. Learn how to build a menu of projects that will challenge and motivate these high flying students. Learning contracts will foster independence and help students stay accountable. Several interactive tools and templates will be shared so that teachers can easily customize a project menu that you can use tomorrow!