Posted by: ACFE Inc | July 21, 2011

On the 4th day of NPGCW: Books

Happy Thursday! On the fourth day of National Parenting Gifted Children Week, I bring you one of my favorite books addressing practical tips for educating gifted children.

If I could give every teacher in the world one book for implementing gifted education in the classroom, it would be Susan Winebrenner’s Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented. What I love about this book is that it covers both the specific needs of gifted learners as well as concrete methods and strategies for meeting those needs.

She begins with a discussion of some of the characteristics of gifted students, from perfectionism and creativity to twice-exceptional students. Throughout she not only addresses these characteristics but gives ideas for how teachers can accommodate and help students work with these characteristics. She then turns to strategies for meeting gifted students’ needs, such as compacting curriculum and practical ways to differentiate learning in the classroom, for skill work in general and for specific content areas. She talked about extending reading and writing, planning curriculum, enrichment activities for when students finish classwork early, and how to group kids for learning in productive ways.

One of the great things about her book is that while these strategies are aimed at helping gifted kids in the classroom, they can also be used to benefit all students in the classroom. As we all know, every child learns at different rates and has different needs in the classroom. Winebrenner’s tips will benefit every child in the classroom.

Of course, for National Parenting Gifted Child Week, I would be remiss if I did not highlight Chapter 10, which discusses tips and strategies for parenting gifted kids–from praise, to social skills, to how to help your child deal with their perfectionism and struggles with peer pressure.

You can order this book directly from Susan Winebrenner’s website here or buy it on Amazon.


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