Workshop Presentations and Resources*
Day One Sessions: Thursday, February 7th
Talent Development: An inclusive Response to Highly Able learners
An introduction to the talent development approach to meeting the needs of highly able learners, an inclusive system that fully embraces the Challenge for All philosophy. Find out how and why it differs from traditional gifted education approaches, why it is uniquely suited to international schools, and what it looks like in practice.
Who Are The Highly Able? Exploring Identification Issues
How do we know which students in our classrooms might be in need of additional challenge? In this session, we'll delve more deeply into the complex and sometimes contentious issues of identification and discuss how we might find the highly able students in our classrooms whether they are high achievers or underachievers.
- Checklist One
- Checklist Two
- G & T Profiles
The Other End of the Spectrum: Supporting Highly Able/Gifted Learners In and Out of the Classroom
This session will focus on explicit and practical ways in which teachers and school leaders can address the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted and highly able learners in and out of the regular classroom. It will provide participants with the rationale and specific strategies for considering giftedness/high ability as an exceptionality (requiring differentiation and support) in a standards-based international school.
Accelerating and Deepening Learning For Younger Learners Through Free-Play Opportunities
Samuel Keeler, ICS Amman
This session will focus on how we can provide meaningful extension opportunities for our abler younger learners through free-play and continuous provision. This session will also provide examples of how we do this across the primary age-range at ICS and will debunk certain myths around the use of play for more able children of all ages. It will also provide an insight into how we can assess, identify and support younger highly able children through the use of data.
Approaches and Strategies for Differentiating for Gifted Learners
We have all heard of differentiation, and most, if not all of us, have been trained in it. But when pressed to demonstrate when, where, and how we do it on a consistent basis, many teachers find that there is room to grow. This session will look at some practical strategies that can be used at different grade levels and in different subjects to help teachers know when and how to differentiate for high ability learners.
Depth vs Acceleration
This session will focus on the ongoing debate in Gifted Education of what is better: depth or acceleration? We will look at different pieces of research, different proponents, and different philosophies or approaches to both ideas.
*workshop presentations and materials available for registered participants only