THP Articles Spotlight Curriculum Content

Read what THP authors and columnists have to say about curriculum content in the following areas.spotlight.jpg

Language Arts 

Title and Author Description THP Issue
Vocabulary Instruction in the Common Core State Standards Era
by Chandler, K. and Dullaghan, B. 
Identifying and developing potential in underserved students begins by promoting vocabulary growth. Fall 2012

Bridging Literature to Literacy through Authentic Reading Experiences
by Baker, J.

Building a love of reading in middle school GT boys by instituting a family novel read, with amazing results for both the child and the parents. Spring 2012

New Advances…Old Responsibilities   by Dixon, F.

Dixon makes a link between 21st Century technology competence and a decrease in grammar application skills in papers. She makes a plea to make sure GT students are able writers in this digital age.  Spring 2011

Differentiating the Curriculum for Talented Public Speakers
by Henshon, S.

The benefits of oral presentations and an outline of how to structure them for GT students. Spring 2008

Nurturing Your Students' Creativity through City Themed Poetry
by Henshon, S.        

Finding the creative juices flowing through poems revolving around the urban environment. Summer 2011

Encouraging Students to Publish
by Henshon, S.        

A general soup-to-nuts outline of the steps of process writing. Spring 2007

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Organic Storytelling
by Herman, G.        

Using organic interventions within storytelling for audience participation based on a traditional West African story telling technique called the Capy. Winter 2010

The Arts: Minds In Motion. Student Storytelling Festivals
by Herman, G.

Using storytelling festivals as an extended, and exciting, authentic venue for student performances. Spring 2011

Technology Untangled: Is This the Future of Reading?
by Housand, B.

Five terrific online resources to find materials for eBooks to use in the classroom. Spring 2008

Raising Global Awareness through Poetry
by Pennington, L.

Using poetry to channel the social and civic mindedness of GT students in ways that reinforce and allow their empathetic feelings to shine through.  Fall 2011

The Accelerated Reader Program and Gifted Learners
by Schultz, B.

The negative effects of tying Accelerated Reader (AR) scores to grades on GT students love of reading. Spring 2010

Talking about Text: Engaging Children in Conversations with Depth and Complexity
by  Timmermans, K.

Making use of the Icon Game, in conjunction with training workshops, elementary parents can foster rich conversations with their GT children around literature and reading. Spring    2012
Seney’s Top 10  by Seney, B. Bob Seney makes the case for his top 10 list of all time favorite young adult books. Summer 2012  
Picture Books    by Seney, B.  The use of three picture books (Owl Moon, Ah! and Oh!) for creative language development and connections. Fall 2007

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner-A Great Read!
by Seney, B.

Seney waxes rhapsodic on the merits of the 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Hugo and other graphic novels. Spring 2008

Finding the Right Book
by Seney, B.

Interesting places that are good resources for finding picture books to use with upper level students. Fall 2008

Pourquoi Tales  by Seney, B.

Four Pourquoi books, plus a bonus text, answers why things are what they are in a fantastical way. Spring 2009

The Books in Books, Books are Picture Books!
by Seney, B.

The Lion and the Mouse, a 2010 Caldecott Award Winner, is the basis for a discussion of the obstacles and challenges facing GT students. Winter 2011

Book Table Buys: More Than Just a Bargain
by Seney, B.

A shout out to find out how GT students feel about a poetry gem of a 1999 novel entitled asThe Tale I Told Sasha. Summer 2011

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Where Do I Find the Greatest Picture Books of All?
by Seney, B.

Seney presents two picture books, Mirror Mirror and Magic Mirror, which explore how the format of the book can play with meaning and understanding of the reader. Fall 2011 

Playing With Words
by Seney, B.

Looking at Calef Brown's picture book Boy Wonders as a humorous and punny way to engage those who love to play with vocabulary and long words. Spring 2012

Textless Books
by Seney, B.

Using textless books by David Wiesner and Chris Van Allsberg as catalysts for creative story telling in student writers. Spring 2007

History/Social Studies

Title and Author Description THP Issue

Teaching Current Events as a Feature of a Differentiated Curriculum
by Kaplan,S.

Using current events to spark predictive thinking and help elementary GT students connect how historic events have been transmitted in the past and in the current day. Winter 2012

Subject Matters: Uncovering History in the Elementary Grades
by Henshon, S.

Engaging elementary student inner Egyptologist through an integrative unit of study incorporating archeology, historical research, and creative writing. Winter 2011

Deliberations: Giving Voice to High-Ability Social Studies Students
by Robson, E.

Robson outlines the steps and strategies he use in his classroom to build deliberation in weighing viewpoints, sharing perspectives, researching and prioritizing. Spring 2011


Title and Author Description THP Issue
Mindsets Over Subject Matter: How our Beliefs About Intelligence Impact STEM Talent Development
by Andersen, L.   
In order to develop talent in the STEM fields, educators must recognize the difference between fixed and growth mindsets, and work to encourage the latter. Summer 2012

They Have Eyes, But Do They See?
by Coxon, S.

Building a foundation for scientific understanding begins by looking at the roots of data collection, observation. Summer 2012
Curriculum Connection. Don't Know Much About Biology… 
by Beasley, J.
Looking at the dynamic between the teacher, student and content in fostering science inquiry  in order to make connections through authentic leaning experiences. Winter 2010

The Changing Weather: Developing Conceptual Understanding in Young Children of Weather Phenomena
by Coxon, S.

Using the macroconcept of change through activity-based lessons fosters second grade students development of a deep understanding of the weather and scientific thinking. Winter 2012

The Sport of the Mind: First Lego®
by Coxon, S. 

Looking at how the First Lego League ® competition promotes science, self-efficacy, and confidence in spatially gifted students Winter 2010

Resources for the Educator.  Focus: Science
by Danielian, J.

A full range of websites and print resources for worthwhile and targeted science lessons.  Fall 2009

Remembering the Gifted in the World of Standardized Testing: Preserving the Rigor and Wonder of Science
by Fohl, G. 

Making science education for GT students meaningful, authentic, and differentiated to combat the woes of current NCLB science classroom practice. Spring 2007
by Schultz, B.
Pushing for more STEM education does not solve many of the problems our gifted and talented students may face, especially in the areas of testing and applying what is learned Summer 2012

From Capital Hill to the Classroom
by Green, N. 

How the National Science Board's 2010 Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators supports the celebration of intellectual achievement in gifted children. Spring 2011

Subject Matters. Rocks Rock!: Teaching Geology to Elementary School Students
by Henshon, S.

Geology resources and lessons for teaching science at the elementary level. Winter 2010

Subject Matters: The Seven Components of Successful Programs for Scientifically Gifted Students
by Henshon,S.

Strategies for making science connected, relevant, and nurturing for the scientifically gifted student. Winter 2009

Scientifically Speaking: Science is a Verb
by Coxon, S.     

Recommendations for making science relevant and robust within the elementary school classroom.  Spring 2


Title and Author Description THP Issue

Tesla Time: Igniting Imaginations with Web-Based Instruction
by Heilbronner, N.

The design features of an interactive web simulation to build conceptual understanding of electricity and circuitry using problem-based scenarios. Spring 2010

eFolio: An Electronic Portfolio Option for All Learnes
by Skinner, W.

The use of a web-based portfolio site to promote student reflection and engagement in a differentiated way. Fall 2009
A Picture is Worth A Billion Dollars?
by Housand, B.
There are numerous meaningful and creative ways that photography can be integrated into the classroom. Access to online photo sharing sites along with creative ideas for the use of digital photos can create a spark in your classroom. Summer 2012
Flipping the Classroom: A Revolution
by Housand, B. 
Try “Flipping the Classroom” and see what can happen when students receive information and content at home and apply their newly acquired knowledge while in class. Fall 2012  

Online Curriculum: Just Point and Click?
by Housand, B.

Several quality online sites to help busy teachers find value added lessons to match the needs of a student in terms of both function and structure in terms of an on-line curriculum. Fall 2007

The Potential Power of Podcasting
by Housand, B.

Several quality online podcast sites in multiple curriculum areas. Fall 2008

Wikipedia: A Land of Truth or Myth
by Housand, B.       

The use of four tabs in the Wikipedia toolbar to reap extra information: article, discussion, edit, and history. Fall 2009

Collaboration is a Cinch with EtherPad
by Housand, B.

Using EtherPad, an online word processing site, to have up to 16 students collaborate together in real time without the restrictions of Google Docs. Winter 2010

Happy Birthday to YouTube
by Housand, B.

Reflecting on 5 year's worth of pros and cons connected with the use of YouTube as well as three sites of particular worth to use. Spring 2010

Going Glogster: Online Posters
by Housand, B.

Using the educational version of Glogster as a way to generate online, interactive posters to promote creative digital expression. Spring 2011

Tear Down this Firewall!
by Housand, B.

Looking for balance between safety and access to needed information in terms of school's internet filters and firewalls.  Fall 2011

Inspiring Student Creativity from SCRATCH
by Housand, B.

Using a the free online source, SCRATCH, to teach programming to students through mini-lessons and projects. Winter 2009

by Housand, B. 

A brief outline of what to look for in setting up blogging within the classroom. Spring 2007

Engaging QRriosity with QR Codes
by Housand, B.

How to make QR (Quick Response) codes, how to use them for classroom instruction, and some caveats about the new technology. Winter 2012


Title and Author Description THP Issue

The Wizard of Oz, Santa Claus, and Mathematics
by Gramberg, H. 

Carmody's lessons chronicles the joy of a lesson in which students fully "get" that mathematics is socially constructed and that they can be constructors as well. Winter 2010

Nurturing Mathematical Minds: Differentiation Strategies and Curriculum that Promote Growth
y Sands, M.

Curriculum for gifted math students should be accelerated when appropriate and opportunities provided that allow for growth in the individual student. Summer 2012
Thinking about Mathematical Thinking
by Mann, E.
Sometimes it is the simple problems in Mathematics that, when revisited, can lead to new revelations and excitement.   Summer 2012

What's in a Name?
by Mann, E.                     

In search of the deeper and more essential elements when trying to define what mathematics really is. Spring 2012

Back to Our Roots: Exploring the Development of Mathematics
by Mann, E. 

By teaching the mathematical history and thinking behind common algebraic formulas enlivens mathematical understanding in GT students. Spring 2009

Rigor in Mathematics Problem Quality
by Mann, E. 

Advocating for the use of higher level, complex, and open-ended mathematical problems in developing a mathematical mindset in students. Spring 2007

Finding the Right Problem
by Mann, E. 

Designing mathematical problems of quality, not quantity, to develop mathematical thinking and understanding in students. Fall 2007

Improving Mathematical Thinking
by Mann, E. 

Using messy but well thought out problems and strategies to increase flexibility and persistence in math. Spring 2008

Houston: Can We Have Another Problem
by Mann, E. 

Using more open-ended creative exercises in mathematics class reaps rewards in confidence and flexibility of thought. Spring 2010

And Waldo Asked, "Where's Math?"
by Mann, E. 

Looking at the Math Trails site in order to find problems and places where mathematics thinking and exploration are the name of the game. Winter 2012

Thinking Like a Mathematician
by Mann, E. 

Talking about the Einstellung Effect; using a set procedure to answer problems even when less efficient or inappropriate. Winter 2009

Extreme Math Makeover: Classroom Edition   by Mann, E. 

Engaging online resources to help engage the love of mathematics exploration and thinking in unique and energizing ways. Spring 2011

Using Model-Eliciting Activities in Math Class by Mann, E. 

Using Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) in math classes to foster mathematical reasoning and communication skills in a problem-based learning situation. Summer 2011

Visual/Performing Arts

Title and Author Description THP Issue

The Mural and the Nobel Prize
by Golberg, S.         

Painting a group mural leads to more than just paint on a wall in terms of group collaboration and pride. Spring 2010

It's Just a Hobby that I'm Good at: Crystallizing and Paralyzing Influences in the Development of Musical Ability
by Japp, A.  

The effects of positive and negative influences of family, peer and school in terms of fostering expertise in musically talented GT youth. Winter 2011 

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Kids Capture Kinetic Energy in the Visual Arts
by Herman, G.       

Using mental imagery and energy terms to generate movement and sound creations based on paintings. Fall 2007

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Focusing On the Arts in Kerala
by Herman, G.       

Herman reflects on the artistic expression of the dancers and choreographers in this Southern India area.  Spring 2008

So You Think You Can Dance!
by Herman, G.       

Using the Copy Cat dance routine and the Name and Movement dance process for fun, creative thinking, and  building group dynamics. Winter 2012

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Teaching Visual Art History and Appreciation to Young Children
by Herman, G.                                           

Joan Boor uses puppets and an Apartment Timeline to creatively teach art appreciation in a creative, playful and effective way to kindergarteners through second graders. Fall 2010

The Arts: Minds in Motion. Storytelling: What's New
by Herman,G.        

Outlining the framework of future articles to cover visual arts, theatre, dance or music followed by resources to promote the use of storytelling in the classroom. Spring 2007