Weekly feedback indicators (Students need a way to gauge if they are working well in the classroom. The coordinator will need to set the work feedback communication system with the class. Often, students do not function without the boss communicating if they are performing the necessary work and putting forth the necessary effort.)
The coordinator can and should require that all monthly projects be presented to peers. Instructors are often both more supportive and more energized by students who request a few minutes of class time to present what they developed.
Opening Up Gifted and Talented
Education to All
Through Online Learning with
• GT is a state mandated program; but it is not awarded
• WI has 6.7% of students formally qualified with IQ scores
• Many students are only talented. Talent pools average at
20% of students.
• Student choice in study is the biggest indicator for success.
• Students will choose to work above grade level if allowed to
work on something they personally want to learn.
How can we allow students to work above
their peers in grade leveled classes?
• Crediting a class in Chinese or HTML?
• All the curriculum and assessment for each class?
• Expert instructors in everything imaginable?
• Develop a single course within the credit system for a
Differentiated Classroom for all highly motivated students.
• Must work above grade level in one thing—Math, Reading,
Writing, Science, Technology, Humanities, or Leadership.
• Students will work on self-designed but instructor monitored
• Students use the vast array of Internet resources to complete
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• Agent cubes Hour of Code
• Animated story builder especially created for girls.
list of online
• Math, science, physics, and technology simulations
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• Free online courses in hundreds of subjects anywhere from
learning Chinese to Calculus.
• Free online courses in specific topics or subjects
Art, humanities, & museum
studies—just 1 of many categories.
• African and African American studies
• Celtic languages and literatures
• Digital media
• Dramatic arts
• History of art and architecture
• Museum studies
• Studio arts and film
• Schedule class time:
• 3 HS and 3 MS
• or select an Independent Study Coordinator for work to be done
during study hall or after school for a fulltime instructor at a large
• For a small school, the instructor will only need 2 class periods—1
for high school and 1 for middle school.
• Set entry requirements. For example:
• Must work above grade level in Math, Reading,
Writing, Science, Technology, Humanities, or
• Must produce 1 project per month.
• Must set a learning goal that is specific and
measurable (complete 8th grade Math,
complete HTML coding tutorial, write 1
animated story each week using a new
animation app each week, etc.)
• Schedule students with the requirements.
• For example:
• All qualified GT students receive 1 hour in room or
• All other are students allowed to fill open seats.
• Require each student to read and sign grading policy
for independent study.
• Require each student to conference with
• Decide how to give credits for work by naming
and impacting student transcripts. For example:
• Advanced Independent (Math, Technology, Writing,
or just Study, etc.) will appear on student records.
• Departments have set assessments for skipping core
classes (i.e. tests and cut scores for 8th grade Math).
• Project based/
• Instructor must be
• Instructor must
Duties of Instructor
• Enter weekly formative grades.
• Help students problem solve.
• Keep students on task by visiting weekly.
• Require monthly project completion grades as summative.
• Call or send parents a progress report monthly.
• End with project presentations instead of finals.
• Schedule each presentation.
• Post final grade.
• The instructor will
grade 2 basic
divisions of work
• weekly progress
• and monthly
The first week of instruction of each semester—project timeline
1. End goal (examples: complete HTML coding to level 5,
Develop a video game, pass the final for Algebra 1 semester
1, learn Chinese, etc.)
2. Monthly goals and assessment rubrics (examples: 8 lessons
completed each month with a document displaying codes, a
different game each month completed, unit tests passed at
85% proficiency weekly, or greetings and common questions
followed by foods and restaurants…, for each student).
3. Weekly goals for grading (Friday assessments need to be set
by the student. These should be written by the student so that
he/she is deciding what will be graded each week.)
Promote the course
• Course handbooks should include a list of course credit options
with the agreements for accelerated class credits.
• Counselors should understand the advantages of adding
advanced study courses for students competing for college
• Students need to be given these options: flyers, hall posters,
instructors, and the coordinator need to explain how students
can develop skills and knowledge independently.
• The school’s website should have an area displaying this
option. Schools are trying to draw families into districts.
Families often evaluate a school by visiting the websites.
• Students who excel at learning above grade-level need to be
celebrated. Photos or quick summaries of achievements in
learning will encourage others to compete for this attention and
will add to the school’s reputation.
School Board Meetings
• When students work independently on advanced study, they
should be formally recognized by the school. Board meetings
often recognize excellence in teaching, so recognizing
independent or self-teaching would follow.
Students in regular instruction
classrooms benefit from
presentations by student achievers.
Why we need to use the Web to
• Curriculum resources and subject matter experts are
expensive and extensive. The Internet offers these for free.
• Highly motivated and high-level learners need to be
allowed to work independently.
• Students and parents are customers who want the Walmart
experience with a Macy’s quality. This is possible and easy
to provide due to the abundance of free resources.
• State requirements for offerings to GT students is based in
need. Many students do not have the IQ to qualify, but
many are talented. By offering students independent study
based on the many resources available, both gifted and
talented students will excel.
Having a choice is very motivating.
Once a program is set-up and running, students will work
very hard to gain entry. Students want to study, but they
often do not have the freedom to choose what they study.
• Jane Funk
• 9750 Hwy 8 W, Crandon, WI 54542
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