Though nearly 5 million students can be characterized as gifted and talented in the United States, many exceptional learners "fly under the radar." Because those who slip through the cracks are not appropriately challenged in the general classroom, they never meet their full potential in school or in life.
Engaging & Challenging Gifted Students: Tips for Supporting Extraordinary Minds in Your Classroom, just published by ASCD, can help. Author Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D., equips general classroom teachers with the information and strategies they need to spot, advocate for, engage, and challenge exceptional learners in their classrooms.
Learn how to:
· recognize the challenges of each child,
· identify the five unexpected traits of exceptional learners, and
· adjust your teaching to meet the needs of all learners.
Filled with useful strategies and poignant personal accounts, this book gives you the "meat" of what you need to prevent those students who need to be challenged and engaged from slipping through the cracks.
About the Author
Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D., teaches the Post Doc Masterclass at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Rankin, who resides in California most of the year, earned a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in School Improvement Leadership. She is an award-winning former junior high school teacher who earned such honors as being named Teacher of the Year and having the American flag flown over the US Capitol building in honor of her dedication to her students. As the majority of her students were socioeconomically disadvantaged English learners, she specialized in using data, differentiation, and creative instruction (e.g., gamification, project-based learning, global learning) to ensure that her exceptional students were being challenged and engaged even as they learned alongside struggling and grade-level learners. Dr. Rankin, a Mensan who grew up in GT/GATE/TAG, is the assistant coordinator of her county's Mensa Gifted Youth Program and the author of numerous books and journal articles.
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: ASCD (October 14, 2016)