THP Articles Spotlight Classroom Practices

Teaching for High Potential has a wealth of material related to classroom strategies and curricular methodology. Explore feature articles and special columns below to uncover readspotlight.jpger-friendly lessons and curricular advice from THP authors and columnists. Use the issue reference at the end of the title to access the issue.


Classroom Strategies and Methodology 


Title and Author Description THP Issue
Teaching What is Essential: Asking the Essential Questions 
by  MacFarlane, B
The use of Essential Questions in curricular planning and delivery can help students learn independently and also provide the connective tissue between what matters at the heart of the curriculum and assessment of what students have learned. Winter  2015
The Enrichment Seminar: A Middle/ Secondary Course for Gifted Learners
by Simpson, J
Create courses, programs, and activities that may positively influence the identity formation of students. Summer 2014
Somewhere in Time… A True Educational Giant: Virgil S. Ward
by Schultz, B.
An imagined interview with Dr. Virgil S. Ward. Dr. Ward taught at the University of Virginia from 1956- 1986, who is considered to be a major philosopher/theorist of gifted education. Spring 2014
The Next Generation Science Standards and High-Ability Learners
by Cotabish, A
Differentiation strategies intended to engage students in higher order thinking skills as they relate to the new science standards. Winter 2014
More Strategies that Raise the Ceiling for High Ability Students
by Dixon, F. 
Both problem solving and Visual Thinking Strategies support the goal of challenge and change for high-ability students in the 21st century. Summer 2013

Nurturing Mathematical Minds: Differentiation Strategies and Curriculum that Promote Growth
by 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

Creative Process Assessment as a Means to Creative Productivity: How to Help Students Make the Most of their Capabilities
by Fairweather, E. 

Facilitating the creative process through ongoing assessments can make the difference.

Fall 2012

Selecting Online Curricula for Gifted Learners
by Olthouse, J. 

A look at the criteria to be used in selecting the best online class environment.

Fall 2012

Curriculum Compacting: How and Why to Differentiate Beyond Proficiency
by Caram, C.

Making learning meaningful through effective assessment, compacting, and acceleration of curriculum.

Spring 2008

Differentiating Content Using a Conceptual Lens
by Jeffrey, T.

Infusing strategic thinking around universal concepts to build depth of understanding in students. 

Spring 2008

Infusing Thinking Skills in the Classroom
by Gates, J. 

Embedding six strategies and three processes in the curriculum to foster thinking skills in students.

Fall 2007

Extreme ESP: Meaningful Thematic Activities for High-Ability Middle School Students
by Hoffman, J.      

Hoffman outlines an integrated and innovative MS unit of study based on the idea of extreme sports and service projects based on work by noted GT researchers.

Fall 2011

Applying Differentiation Strategies to AP Psychology Curriculum
by Landis, R. 

Applying the educational methods behind AP curriculum to meet the needs of GT secondary students.

Fall 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Class: Teaching Teachers How to Differentiate from Day One
by Roberts, K.     

A college professor chronicles her use of Sandra Kaplan's stages of differentiated instruction in her English methods class, which can be used with any age group.

Spring 2009

Recognizing the Need for a Continuum of Services
by Troester, J. S.

How Adams County School District 14 uses differentiation and content extension based on a continuum of service depending on the needs of the GT students K-12.

Winter 2012

Socratic Circles: Round and Round the Wheels of Thought
by Senn, L

A description of the process and value of Socratic Circles to help enrich classroom discussion and depth of understanding within a classroom.

Summer 2011

Creative Problem Solving Embedded into Curriculum
by Casilla, A.

A look at the fundamentals of the Creative Problem Solving Method

Fall 2009

"Use it Now" Tools

Title and Author Description THP Issue
Take a Virtual Hike…
by Danielian, J. 
A virtual hike is only a click away, and the views and experiences are breathtaking.  Summer 2014

Technology Untangled: Using Google Trends and Analytics to Examine What Interests Us
by Housand, B.

The use of Google Trends and Google Analytics to see patterns and comparisons within knowledge searches.

Fall 2008 

In Your Toolbox: New NAGC P-12 Gifted Programming Standards: Changes and Opportunities
by Johnson, S.

Looking at six major shifts in scope in the new NAGC Standards and what these mean to the GT teacher in the field

Winter 2011

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  

Meeting the Needs of the Multicultural Gifted Students through Collaborative Teaching and Counseling
by Walker, S.        

Ways to support GT students with high degrees of emotional sensitivity through key activities and collaboration with school counselors and regular education teachers.

Spring 2011

Subject Matters: 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

Subject Matters: Teaching Haiku in the Classroom: Nurturing the Creativity of Students
by Henshon, S.    

Using haiku to build observation and process writing skills in elementary students.

Spring 2010

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

Subject Matters: Support Creativity: 5 Ways to Make a Difference
by Henshon, S.

Practical tips and strategies for building creativity both inside and outside the classroom

Spring 2009

Happily Ever After: Benchmark Testing            by Schultz, B. 

A father questions the validity of, and stress upon, of benchmark testing on his GT son.

Fall 2007

Self-Assessment: Are You Including the Best Practices for Teaching Gifted and Advanced Learners
by White, W.    

Helping teachers assess how well what they do in the classroom meshes with best teaching practices for students who are gifted and advanced. Spring 2011

The Curriculum Connection 

THP’s columnist Jennifer Beasley, author of The Curriculum Connection, takes an in-depth look at curriculum with advice and tools for K-12 curriculum.

Title and Author Description THP Issue
Service Learning: A Win-Win for Your Students and the Local Community
by McGinnis, P.
Incorporate a service learning component into an existing curriculum. Summer 2014
Increasing Rigor: A Tool to Consider
by Beasley, J.
As educators consider the questions asked and the learning experiences created, rigor should be a natural part of the planning process. Summer 2014
Performance Tasks: Building Bridges Between Gifted and General Education
by Beasley, J. 
Using performance tasks that introduce real-world problems helps students make the connection between the life of school. Winter 2014
High Quality Curriculum: Reflecting on the NAGC Curriculum Rubric
by Beasley, J
The NAGC Curriculum Rating Rubric, designed to review submissions for the curriculum award, continues to provide guidance in analyzing and designing outstanding units for high-achieving students. Fall 2013
Curriculum for the 21st Century: Making the Connection in the Gifted Classroom
by Beasley, J. 
Explore how 21st century skills require connecting what is known about best practices in curriculum, assessment, and the nature and needs of our students. Summer 2013
Social and Emotional Needs: Is There a Curriculum Connection?
by Beasley, J.
The social and emotional needs of students can be addressed and nurtured by infusing information into the curriculum Fall 2012
Teachers Designing Curriculum for High-Potential Learners
by Beasley, J. 
Setting the framework for future articles focus on how to make exemplary GT curriculums within the existing standards-based environment. Beasley also lists four resources to kick of the discussion.  Spring 2007

Field Trips: Do We Have Permission to Go?
by Beasley, J.        

Tips for making field trips worthwhile and meaningful. Fall 2008

When is the Right Answer a Question?by Beasley, J.        

Looking at the benefits for structuring knowledge by using Wiggins and McTighe's Essential Questions in class. Winter 2009

Mapping the Way for Mindset
by Beasley, J. 

Hints on how to use Carol Dweck’s fixed and growth mindsets to help understand and support a GT student's sense of self-efficacy. Spring 2011

A Summer Assignment
by Beasley, J. 

Five resources for summer reading and wandering in preparation for the next year of teaching. Summer 2011

Creating a Community of Learners: The Foundation for High Quality Curriculum
by Beasley, J.       

Steps to take to build a welcoming, safe, and respectful classroom community. Spring 2012

Knowing is a Process, Not a Product by Beasley, J.        

Using essential questions to bridge the relevancy divide between high stakes testing and low stakes learning. Spring 2008

The Myth of Gifted Curriculum: Rethinking Bloom's Taxonomy
by Beasley, J.        

Arguing the case for the 2001 revision of Bloom's Taxonomy not as THE tool for curriculum development but A tool. Fall 2009 

Arriving at the Core
by Beasley, J.        

Looking at the impact, or not, of the of the Common Core Standards on gifted education and the NAGC standards. Winter 2012

Connecting Practice to Research for Gifted Child Quarterly

NAGC believes that great research comes from great classroom practice, just as great classroom practice comes from great research. In an effort to connect current research from the pages of Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) with quality classroom practice, many issues of THP contain an article written by an author of a related article in GCQ

Title and Author Description THP Issue
Building on the Best of Gifted Education with Programming for Talent Development
by Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Subotnik, R.,  and Worrell, F.  
There is great diversity among gifted students in terms of their talent areas, their levels of achievement, and their psychological and social characteristics. A talent development framework that emphasizes several key components has several implications for K-12 education. Fall 2012
Gifted Program Retrospective: Teachers Look Back at Own Experiences
by Willard-Holt, C.
Female teachers who were gifted students reflect on the emotional pros and cons of their schooling. Fall 2008

The Role of Teachers when Gifted Students Experience Negative Life Events
by Peterson, J.

Insights into situations and events that produce a negative effect on GT students and how teachers can help. Winter 2009

Project EXCITE: Implications for Educators of Gifted Minority Students  
by Reed, M.  

African American and Hispanic youth are exposed to enriching educational experiences, over time and with like peers, to build a sense of  "scholar identity." Spring 2009

Big Ships, Small Ships, Friendships, and Competition: Things to Consider
by Gyles, P.  

How self-concept, social support structures, and competition come into play in the types of friendships GT students form. Spring 2009

Demythologizing Gifted Education: A 25-Year Journey
by Treffinger, D.     

Treffinger tackles the issues gifted education has had to confront in terms of common myths historically and today.  Fall 2009

Getting Excited About Learning: Promoting Passion Among Gifted Youth
by Fredricks, J.       

Exploring why passion for learning wanes from elementary to high school and possible ways to combat it. Winter 2010