Anchor Activities for Gifted Students

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the benefits of using anchor activities with gifted students. Additionally, this lesson will provide specific anchor activities to use in your classroom.

What are Anchor Activities?

Anchor activities are ongoing, student-directed activities that extend lesson material and allow students to work independently on skills. They are typically used when students are finished working early or when the teacher is preoccupied with certain students in a small group. Anchor activities are not the same thing as 'busy work.' They are purposeful, meaningful, and tied to the curriculum.

Gifted students excel academically in one or more subject areas or in the arts. When gifted students are more academically advanced than their peers, they might become bored and disengaged with the curriculum, and their performance can suffer as a result.

One way to accommodate gifted students in a regular education classroom is to provide anchor activities. This will allow them to self-direct their learning and give them something engaging to do when they finish their classwork early. Anchor activities provide gifted students with the variety they often need to stay interested.

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