Why develop gifted education curriculum? • Consider skills needed by most gifted learners • To be able to develop a Credible, Consistent Gifted Curriculum • To ease Collaboration with various constituency groups • (general education teachers, parents, other gifted teachers… • Provide a Continuum of Services for the students • Facilitate Communication and training K-12
Four Components of the Blue Valley Gifted Education Services • IEP Goals • Process Skills Development • Enrichment/Extension • Social-Emotional Skills Development
Why 21st Century Skills? • Our children’s futures include: • Continued outsourcing of jobs • Continued automation of jobs • Knowledge doubling exponentially and in increasingly shorter periods of time • Jobs/technologies of the future that have not yet been invented • Dwindling global resources • Thomas Friedman, “The World is Flat”
What are the Four Most Critical Skills for Gifted Students? • Critical/Creative Thinking • Problem Solving • Research • Technology
These can be called MEGA SKILLS • Critical/Creative Thinking • Problem Solving • Research • Technology
Basic Skills define the Mega Skill For example….. Research skills can be subdivided into: • Task Initiation • Topic Selection • Topic Exploration • Focus Formulation • Information Collection • Presentation of Findings
Mini Skills make up Basic Skills Information Collection (a basic skill) is made up of these mini skills: • Literature review • Research methodology • Data gathering/sampling • Statistical analysis of data
Why this much detail? Must be able to delineate the skills you teach! If you don’t know where you are going….. You’ll probably end up somewhere else! To have a credible curriculum, it must be detailed and defensible!
How will content be chosen to accompany skill development? • Student interest? • District-wide activity? (robotics) • Teacher passion area? (math) • Area being studied in a content area?
What’s Next??? • Master Mastery for each child • Assess number of units for each level for each skill and encourage writing of units where needed • Evaluate and revise units
Are we preparing students for their futures, or for our pasts? Willard Daggett
Dr. Sheri Stewart DCT, Gifted Education (913) 239-4333 email@example.com Briana Duffy Gifted Education Teacher (913) 239-6628 firstname.lastname@example.org