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The Inclusive Classroom Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Science Instruction Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory IT’S JUST GOOD TEACHING
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I N THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING STANDARDS-BASED reform, it is important to remember that the charge to provide all stu- dents with challenging mathematics and science requires consideration of high ability students. Today’s heterogeneous classrooms will include students who have advanced abilities and talents. It is essential that the needs of these gifted students not be overlooked or neglected as teachers strive to help others reach high standards. Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Sci- ence Instruction offers teachers a variety of strategies and resources for providing different levels of content and activities that will challenge all students, including gifted learners. A consistent theme throughout this publication is that while many of the ideas come from the body of litera- ture and research on gifted education, the strategies are appropriate and effective for a wide range of students. Another important theme emerg- ing from the research base on gifted students is the need to re-examine the criteria and processes used to designate some students as gifted, and thus by implication all other students as not gifted. Clearly, relying on a narrow definition such as those who score in the top 10 percent on a stan- dardized achievement test can exclude students with special talents who may have difficulty in taking tests. This publication is part of the Northwest Regional Educational Labora- tory’s series, It’s Just Good Teaching. This series of publications and videos offers teachers research-based instructional strategies with real-life ex- amples from Northwest classrooms. Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Science Instruction is one of a three- issue focus on the diverse needs of students in inclusive classrooms. Two other publications in the series address strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities and students who are English-language learn- ers. We hope readers will find this publication useful in their efforts to provide all students with high-quality mathematics and science learn- ing experiences. Kit Peixotto Director Mathematics and Science Education Center 1 Preface
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The Inclusive Classroom Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Science Instruction IT’S JUST GOOD TEACHING By Jennifer Stepanek Mathematics and Science Education Center December 1999 Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
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This publication is based on work supported wholly or in part both by a grant and contract number RJ96006501 from the U.S. Department of Education. The content of this document does not necessarily reflect the views of the department or any other agency of the United States government. The practice of the Northwest Regional Educational Labo- ratory is to grant permission to reproduce this publication in whole or
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