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    • Supporting Groupwork with Online Learning Kelli McGraw http://kellimcgraw.wordpress.com/
    • NSW DET G&T Policy
      • Teachers may use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to support gifted and talented students, including:
      • various grouping strategies
      • accelerated progression
      • extension activities within and across classes
      • enrichment
      • negotiated contract work
      • open-ended questions, activities and assignments
      • online learning
      • hypothesis testing and problem solving
      • individual research and investigation
      • opportunities for peer tutoring and assessment
      • mentors with specific expertise.
    • Renzulli
      • Renzulli identifies three traits of giftedness
      • above average though not necessarily superior general ability ;
      • high level of task commitment or intrinsic motivation ;
      • and creativity
    • Grouping Strategies
      • Term 1: Friendship groups
      • (groups designed a magazine cover)
      • Term 2: Special interest groups
      • (students selected a novel to study and worked with others who had selected the same novel)
      • Term 3: Mixed-ability groups
      • (based on pre-testing of student knowledge of familiarity with video games)
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    • Key Observations: Groupwork
      • Friendship groups can limit creativity unless scaffolding e.g. jigsaw grouping is used
      • Special Interest groups foster intrinsic motivation, but organisation must be flexible and the product must be clear
      • Mixed Ability groups require a high level of task scaffolding e.g. use of specific ‘roles’; mandatory communication etc. to foster group cohesion
    • Key Observations: Online Learning
      • Engaging students in online spaces encouraged dialogue and creative thinking
      • Online communication enabled (most) ‘quiet’ students to have a ‘voice’
      • Groups appreciate an online space that they can take ownership of and be accountable for
      • Students appreciated timely, personalised feedback
      • Students require boundaries and guidelines for successful online working
    • The End Kelli McGraw http://kellimcgraw.wordpress.com/