Monday, April 30, 2012

Question 7

Will you use this kit or the model in the future to work with gifted students? Why or Why not?

Question 6

Do you think the authors Curriculum Kit introduced new ideas and provided challenging curriculum through the use of differentiated instruction that meet the educational needs of gifted students? Why or Why not?

Question 5

Did you find the Lesson Template helpful when using a lesson from the kit? Why or Why not?

Question 4

What lesson(s) from the kit did you decide to use in your classroom? Why?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Question 3

What are your first thoughts regarding the use of the three types of curricular materials (i.e. the Lesson, the Catalyst Cards, and the Curriculum Grids) created to promote teaching and the learning of the objective?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Question 2

How will the stated objectives for the kit (page I) assist in the learning process of gifted students?

Question 1

The terms “differentiated and academically challenging” and “rigorous curricula” are synonymously used within this kit. How do you define “differentiated curriculum” and how do the kit’s principles (page IX) and your definition mesh?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Expectations and Directions

Expectations for the blog:

The first session was an optional face-to-face meeting. During that meeting the Acknowledgements, Introduction, The Objectives, and the Lesson Templates sections in the curriculum kit were reviewed and ideas shared as to how one might use the kit in their immediate classroom. If you missed the first meeting please read those sections in the Curriculum Kit. After reading answer the first three (3) questions. If you attended the first meeting you will skip the first three questions and begin your blogging with question four (4).

Instructions for Blogging

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CURRICULUM Development Kit (Grades 3-8)

The subject of this GT book study is Curriculum Development Kit for Gifted and Advanced Learners, Grades 3-8 by Sandra Kaplan and Michael Cannon. The purpose is implementing new ideas and providing challenging curriculum through differentiated instruction that meet the educational needs of gifted students.