About This Chapter
Establishing Classroom Environments for Gifted Education - Chapter Summary
Ensuring your classroom environment is arranged to effectively provide gifted education is necessary to assure gifted learners are receiving the specific instruction they need to thrive. In this chapter, you'll learn some helpful teaching strategies to use with gifted students and how to design your classroom for successful implementation of these methods, including:
- Examples and implementation of differentiated, scaffolding, student-center and cluster grouping instruction
- Utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create a positive and challenging learning environment for gifted learners
- Benefits and importance of effective learning environments
This chapter comes with a host of resources to use to help you identify your comprehension level of the information presented. Brief lesson quizzes and the chapter exam are designed to highlight areas you may need to review. Each quiz also contains direct links that route you to specific topics within the lesson so you are easily able to access areas you want to revisit.
How It Helps
- Explains useful instructional methods:You'll be able to review specific instructional strategies that can be effectively applied to gifted education.
- Provides specific design plans: These lessons help you understand how to create an engaging classroom environment that promotes learning.
- Encourages high-level performance: Identify how gifted learners can thrive in specific learning environments and perform to their potential.
After reviewing the information presented in this chapter, you'll better understand how to:
- Challenge your students by incorporating specific instructional strategies in your classroom, including scaffolding, differentiated and student-centered instruction
- Recognize the influence a well-designed classroom environment has on gifted learners and the implementation of gifted instruction
- Create a positive and challenging learning environment in your classroom using the Universal Design for Learning framework and other effective strategies
1. What is Universal Design for Learning?
It is possible to create a universal design for learning that works for each student in a classroom regardless of their individual needs. In this lesson you will learn how UDL accomplishes this goal.
2. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
3. What Is Scaffolding Instruction?
Scaffolding instruction is an incredibly important technique to use when teaching. This lesson will introduce you to scaffolding and provide some examples to give a clear picture of this technique at work.
4. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits
Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.
5. Using Cluster Grouping with Gifted Students
In this lesson, we will discuss a gifted education strategy that is growing in popularity: inclusive classrooms with cluster grouping, in which all gifted students in a grade level are placed in the same class with a trained teacher who differentiates instruction.
6. Learning Environment in the Classroom: Definition, Impact & Importance
One of the most important things a teacher can do is provide a positive learning experience. Setting up a positive learning environment is tricky, but not difficult. Get ready to learn about how to do this and why.
7. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment for Gifted Students
Gifted and talented students not only have unique cognitive needs, but also have unique ways of relating to themselves, other people, and their environment. In this lesson, we will learn to create a safe learning atmosphere for gifted students.
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