ITM: Teaching Gifted Children

Wow- what a great article by Leah Davies on gifted children! Teaching gifted children

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Anchor Your Students to Be Their Absolute Best

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Anchor Your Students to Be Their Absolute Best By Taru Nieminen            January 26, 2017 Product Choice and Anchoring Activities Product choice and anchoring activities go hand in hand. They let students choose, have students work within their interest areas, …

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Clearing the Way for Compacting and Contracts

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By Taru Nieminen            January 13, 2017 Sarah steps into the classroom with a stack of novels under her arm. She quietly goes to her seat and even before the bell rings, she is engrossed in her book. I look …

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Build Your Students Up with Scaffolding

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Build Your Students Up with Scaffolding By Taru Nieminen            December 29, 2016 Next time you’re out on the town, take a long look at the buildings and bridges you see. They are all built with scaffolding. The shear amount …

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Product Choice: The Ultimate Differentiation Practice

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By Taru Nieminen            December 21, 2016 I still remember the first time I gave my students choice products instead of a test at the end of a unit. There was amazement from all of us. Students were amazed that …

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How to Create Adjusted Questions and Tasks

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By Taru Nieminen, M.A.T.            December 14, 2016 Carrie is watching me with a somewhat curious eye…I’ve just told the class that today in Science we will be starting a chapter about cells and how they work. Then there’s Ben, who …

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Disaster-Free Flexible Grouping

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Disaster-Free Flexible Grouping By Taru Nieminen            December 7, 2016 Independence, Responsibility, and Cooperation Flexible grouping creates independence, responsibility, and cooperation. It lets different learning styles coexist and lets different personalities appreciate one another. Groups can be used to build …

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Pre-Assess or Perish

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Pre-Assess or Perish By Taru Nieminen            November 30, 2016 The 8th graders had just finished reading the play “Anne Frank” and it had been an exciting one! The class actually read the play out loud and acted the parts, …

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Maximizing Student Opportunities with Differentiated Instruction

By Taru Nieminen, M.A.T.             November 16, 2016 As stated in last week’s post, I believe that Differentiated Instruction is the presentation of ideas and knowledge so that each student has multiple avenues and opportunities to pursue success in the …

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Are You Already Differentiating?

Are You Already Differentiating? By Taru Nieminen, M.A.T. And what does differentiating even mean? So many questions-here are the answers. Here’s my take on it: Differentiated Instruction is the presentation of ideas and knowledge so that each student has multiple …

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