Making All Kids Smarter: Strategies That Help All Students Reach Their Highest Potential
By: John DeLandtsheer (author)Paperback
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This book helps teachers plan a challenging programme for students, particularly gifted students, within a regular education classroom. It addresses brain-compatible learning, which makes it appropriate for a much wider group of students than just the very brightest. Approaches and strategies are explained in a unique and personal style and include the following: use of inter-disciplinary themes, analytical thinking exercises, teaching moral dilemmas, Socratic questioning techniques, increasing depth and complexity through interactive games, activities to promote creative thinking, using graphic organizers, and teaching research skills and methods. The author demonstrates how all these strategies and approaches work together to help teachers create a more meaningful learning experience for all students. An added benefit of the author's training, as reflected in this book, is to help put the creativity and search for knowledge back into the learning process.
John DeLandtsheer has served as the GATE Coordinator in the Redlands Unified School District for sixteen years. He has recently retired from his role as principal of Mariposa Elementary but continues to teach at UC Riverside and serve as the GATE Coordinator in Redlands Unified School District. He is a private consultant and trains GATE teachers and others throughout California and the west in differentiated curriculum through his company, JD Seminars. DeLandtsheer has a master's degree in school administration and has devoted over thirty-five years of his educational career to gifted students at the district, county, and state levels. He has served on the board of directors for the California Association for the Gifted and he currently in their GATE Certificate Program. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Who Are the Gifted 2. Brain-Compatible Classrooms 3. The Four Components of Differentiation 4. Interdisciplinary Thematic Instruction 5. The Icons of Depth of Complexity 6. Questioning Strategies 7. Questioning Strategies in Evaluative Thinking Using Moral Dilemmas 8. Socratic Reasoning Techniques 9. The Creativity Connection 10. Teaching Research Skills and Methods Conclusion References Index
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