How to Effectively Teach Highly Able & Gifted Students

Presented by: Rob O’Brien

Teacher PD Event Information: 6 Teacher PD Hours       

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The Australian Curriculum acknowledges the diversity of students. Students who are gifted: ‘are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities … aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths interests and goals’.

Some students who are gifted may be difficult to identify.

This seminar will:

• Examine strategies to identify the ratio of gifted students.
• Observe the ability based Vs performance based signs
• Sub-types of giftedness.
• Double-labelled (e2) gifted student.
• Examine models that plan challenging, meaningful, critical and creative thinking goals for students who are gifted based on the Gagne Model.
• Support the creation of an Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP).

You will learn how ability grouping / streaming is not recommended, even though it is common practice in Australian schools.

The Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP) and Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) strategies and resources (including ICT) will be examined to support planning for students who are gifted in regular classroom settings. Differentiation strategy elements will be discussed in detail. If possible, please bring your school Gifted Policy and a lesson plan that can be differentiated to cater for students who are gifted.

Event Details:

  27th October, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites
73 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD

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  Target Audience: Teachers, teacher assistants and administrators in primary and secondary schools. Parents and all professionals working with boys and young men are also welcome to attend.
  $306.90 GST Incl.

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About the Presenter

Rob O’Brien has a long career teaching in both primary and secondary settings. As a support teacher and consultant to schools in the area of inclusion, Rob was instrumental in supporting cultural change regarding inclusion of students with diverse learning needs including gifted students.

Rob holds a B Teach and M Ed. He has completed Stage 3, Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (Griffith University) Leading Change for School Wide Differentiated Practice -Gifted & Talented.

Guided by the research that demonstrates learning is enhanced by using both hemispheres of the brain, Rob is a great advocate of using creativity in classrooms. He is a published artist and facilitates seminars on mindfulness using the visual arts.

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