Identifying and Supporting Gifted and Talented Learners
To better challenge our young learners, and appeal to different abilities in the classroom, teachers must incorporate mastery and development tasks in the classroom. ‘Tasks’ include everything you ask students to do for example, questions and answers, activities or projects.
Mastery Tasks (which develop lower-order thinking skills) are mastered by all learners in a short period of time regardless of prior learning. Developmental tasks (which develop higher-order thinking thinks) stretch and empower learners and develop cognitive skills. This provides a more enriching classroom experience.
Reformulating teacher questions also increases the level of challenge. Research shows that 60 % of teachers’ questions involve remembering, 20 % are procedural, and only 20 % encourage thinking.
Finally, encouraging learners to choose their level of challenge (rather than teachers dictating it) and reflect on their choice fosters a sense of ownership and progress.
Session participants will be better able to:
- include mastery and developmental tasks in all lesson stages
- reformulate questions to encourage higher-order thinking
- encourage learners to choose and reflect on the level of challenge
After the interactive talk, the interactive workshop will include:
- teachers will reflect on their classroom experiences in order to identify areas for development
- teachers will analyse classroom tasks and activities in terms of the thinking skills developed/not developed and make suggestions for improvements where relevant
- teachers will participate in a task and implement techniques covered in the interactive talk
- teachers will outline an action plan to develop their own teaching with their own learners.
Lehrerinnen und Lehrer Beraterinnen und Berater
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