Workshop VI

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Identifying Gifted English Language Learners – Barriers & Strategies to Meeting Their Needs

4.5% of high school dropouts are gifted, and they leave school in part because of school-related issues. One would expect a very small percentage of such children to drop out, given the ease with which they can excel in school. To expect more than one in ten would be hard to justify. Therefore, with only 2.27% of people scoring above 130 on IQ tests, to expect greater than 0.227% of dropouts to be gifted would be ostensibly far-fetched. Unfortunately, the actual percentage is closer to twenty times that. According to the Achievement Trap, this problem is even more pronounced among economically disadvantaged students.
 
Content – Activities are practical, easy-to-implement applications that complement the four strands of the G/T Curriculum Framework “Scholars & Knowledge”, including:
 
– Differentiated Curriculum
– Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Global & Analytical
– Knowing Your Visual/Spatial Learners
– Defining Giftedness & It’s History
– Defining ESL vs. ELL vs. LEP 
– Identifying the G/T English Language Learners
– Strategies for Teaching Gifted English Language Learners
– Barriers for Limited English Proficiency Students
– Learning Styles: Pitch to Their Strengths
– How to “Think Outside the Box”
– 7 Tips for Increasing Brain Power
– Lateral Thinking Skills: Mind Games
– Top Teacher recommended .com Sites
– 10 Inclusional Steps for the Gifted

– The Varied Faces of G/T Students: Traditional, Students From Poverty, ELL & Twice Exceptional
– Gifted Students At-Risk
– Five Learning Strategies to Engage Struggling Students
– Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Gifted Student: What to avoid
– Stealth Giftedness

– Critical Thinking In Everyday Life
– Exploring the 21st Century Literacies: Visual, Media, Digital, Environmental, Informational, Global & Emotional
– School-Wide Cluster Grouping Model

– STAAR Stomach? 10 tips to ease student anxiety
– 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning