Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

There are endless ways to approach differentiation in your classroom. Learn the essential steps and rules of tiering and compacting to make your GT classroom more fun, engaging, and independent.

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What’s the difference between tiering your classroom instruction and compacting it? 

Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T, describes it this way: Tiered instruction is a quintessential approach to differentiation, in which the same curriculum is tailored to different students’ abilities and interests. Compacting, on the other hand, involves giving a condensed version of your content to a student who has either mastered it already, or will be able to master it quickly. 

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • 6 steps for effective tiering
  • 8 simple rules for compacting
  • How to follow the interests of your GT students

Presenter Bio

Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. 

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110 reviews for Tiering and Compacting

  1. Mary – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great information! All of this content can be used to streamline instruction not only for GT students, but for all students.

  2. Tamara – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This presenter is amazing! I will look for more sessions with her!

  3. Dinorah – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    easy to follow ideas when thinking about differentiation with tiering and compacting; presenter was engaging; good samples

  4. Rebecca – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This supported much of what i know. I appreciate the specific steps to compact and tier lessons.

  5. Cathleen – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Love this lesson. Just wish I had the handout to download with this presentation.

  6. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    IT is a great course but feel it needs to be divided into two courses. One for tiering and the other for compacting.

  7. KIMBERLY – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course! Love the presenter – very engaging. Tons of concise information and practical application.

  8. Jennifer – ASHLAND CITY (verified owner)

    This has been the most helpful PD on this site so far. As a K-1 teacher I feel overwhelmed sometimes on how to help my most able students excel beyond the expectations. This PD has made me feel prepared to get them there!

  9. Amy – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This course is full of valuable information and it is engaging. I honestly learned from it. I love this company’s online PD!

  10. Stephanie – FORT WORTH ISD (verified owner)

    It was a good listen.

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