Presenters: Todd Stanley, OAGC
Core Area: Learning Environments 2.1, 2.4; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.4; ODE Teacher Competency a, b, c; OAGC Differentiation
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1 

“Why do we need to know this?” Have you ever been asked this by one of your students? It can be a true facepalm moment when you realize that your students are not connecting with the material being taught. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to up the engagement of your class and help students find real-life connections with classroom material. In addition, differentiation is easily built into a well-designed project, so you can meet your students’ needs and help them find the “why” in their learning.

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Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an excellent tool for any teacher to use, but it is especially powerful when working with gifted students. Gifted students need to be challenged to engage further with the material, and PBL is a great way to help students connect their learning to real-world experiences as well as to make cross-curricular links.

In “Using Projects to Maximize Capacity in Your Gifted Classroom,” Todd Stanley shows you how a well-designed project naturally differentiates for each student’s individual needs and progress. That is what makes PBL such a great tool for working with gifted students. The key is knowing how to design a great project and use it to maximize your students’ learning and engagement with the material you are trying to teach.

In this course you will:

  • Understand the benefits of using project-based learning (PBL)
  • See the advantages of using PBL with gifted students
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the steps of PBL
  • Begin to create your own PBL lesson that can be used in your classroom

ODE Teacher competency: a, b, c
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standard: 2.1, 2.4, 3.4

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Todd Stanley is the author of 12 teacher education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st  Century Classroom, and his latest When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers. He served as a classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the gifted services coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools where he lives with his wife and two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter @the_gifted_guy. 

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83 reviews for Using Projects to Maximize Capacity in Your Gifted Classroom

  1. Andy – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I loved the PBL information shared.

  2. Lauren – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Somewhat helpful; although I would have a difficult time giving up as much control as this teacher indicated he gives up. I was troubled by the lack of explanation of progress checks along the way – in the example he gave of a student who produced an elaborate project that didn’t score well, shouldn’t there have been an opportunity along the way to communicate that to the student, so he could revise it, before the very end? It seems like formative assessments should be worked into this idea of project-based learning.

  3. Donica – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    Great course!

  4. Dottie – WASHINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was interesting

  5. Kristina – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    i liked it

  6. Heidi – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    I love the resources that were shared that can make the process of implementing PBL easier.

  7. Lindsey – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    A good beginning course on getting started with PBLs.

  8. Nancy – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Good review of PBL

  9. Kathy – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    The instructor was very thorough in his presentation. I appreciated seeing actual PBL examples during the course. I would recommend this course to others.

  10. Dustin – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Thought this teacher was simple, straightforward, and very good.

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