Presenter: Todd Stanley
Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; Learning and Development 1.4, 1.7; Curriculum Planning and Instruction 3.4, 3.6; Programming 5.1, 5.3; OAGC Differentiation
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

Are you looking for a way to engage your gifted students on a deeper level? Gifted coordinator Todd Stanley says that gifted students don’t need more work, they need more meaningful work. Keeping gifted students busy isn’t the goal, but helping them develop their higher-level thinking skills is. 
In this 1-hour course, Mr. Stanley will guide educators on how to create and implement independent studies that help your gifted students unlock their greatest potential. 

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If you rush to give your gifted students more work as soon as they finish their assignments, you may be missing out on a critical opportunity to help your gifted students develop their higher-level thinking skills. Gifted coordinator Todd Stanley says that gifted students don’t need more work, they need more meaningful work.

In this course, Mr. Stanley teaches educators how independent studies can be used to challenge gifted students by using their passions and learning styles to create in-depth projects.

After taking this 1-hour course you’ll be able to:

  1. See the benefits of using independent study with gifted students
  2. Understand the various models of independent study that can be used
  3. Develop the tools you need to implement independent study in your classroom
This course applies to the following standards:
NAGC Standards 1.4, 1.7, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1, 5.3 
ODE Competencies a, b, c

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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56 reviews for Using Independent Study with Gifted Students

  1. Jennifer – CHARDON LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course is helpful, especially because there are examples provided. It’s a marathon of a class, but Todd made it engaging with his personal stories and examples.

  2. Alyson – Allen East Local Schools (verified owner)

    New ideas were presented in this course.

  3. Jeanne – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Lots of examples and guidance on how to use these with success!

  4. Xochitl – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Really good information!

  5. Melissa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful since my students do a lot of independent research.

  6. Neena – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Good course

  7. William – VALLEY VIEW LOCAL (verified owner)


  8. Brett – MARION CITY (verified owner)


  9. Natalie – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Very interesting and will use in my classroom

  10. Marc – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)


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