Presenter: Daniel Brillhart & Nicole Shannon
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

In this course, participants will learn about how TAG (Talented and Gifted) students can be served within the regular classroom without simply “adding more work”. This course offers ideas for creative literature circles, adding depth and complexity, and introducing non-standard problem solving. The presenters share projects and products and include demonstrations of specific instructional activities in language arts and mathematics.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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Become introduced to some exciting and innovative ways you can serve your G/T students in a traditional classroom. Not only will you learn the concepts and theory for serving gifted students, but you will also discover specific resources, project ideas, and activities that you can begin using in your classroom right away.In this course you will learn: 
  • The importance of pre-assessing students before accelerating them 
  • How to take a literature circle experience and make it meaningful 
  • The benefits of teaching Bloom’s Taxonomy in literature 
  • Ways in which depth and complexity can be developed in book studies 
  • The importance of “non-standard problem solving” for gifted students

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Nicole Shannon, M.Ed. has over 19 years of experience in gifted education. She currently serves as the Advanced Academics Specialist for Hutto ISD. Prior to joining her current district, Nicole served as the Coordinator of Gifted/Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD for five years. She was a gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD for 10 years before taking this position. She has presented at the district, local, and state level to preservice and in-service teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents on a variety of topics in gifted education throughout her years in this field. Prior to moving to Round Rock, Nicole served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school principal at private schools in Honolulu, HI, San Diego, CA, and Virginia Beach, VA. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a specialization in Gifted/Talented at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. 

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1496 reviews for Serving TAG Students in the Regular Classroom

  1. Eduardo – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It should say reading and math.

  2. Aimee – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Good course, very good examples for the reading portion however needed more for the math

  3. Xin – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    The Literature Circle being tied to Bloom’s Taxonomy in a students guided manner is really interesting and sounds very effective. I cannot wait to try it.

  4. Linda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was resourceful

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  7. Josh – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful suggestions with resources. Online option makes it easy to access and use.

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  9. Joann – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I would like to read all of the books discussed intros course. Very interesting

  10. Lee – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The presenters explained in depth their activities and shared book titles. They used plenty of examples to explain about Literature circles, depth and complexity, and non-standard problem solving. Thank you.

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