Using Independent Study with Gifted Students


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.

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69 reviews for Using Independent Study with Gifted Students

  1. Rebecca – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great job describing the rubric.

  2. Erika – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It gives a great overview of creating a rubric.

  3. Jenny – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    great info

  4. Clarissa – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Definitely relevant for a secondary teacher.

  5. Kenneth – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    Really good breakdown of how to setup and navigate a project.

  6. Lina – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  7. Melissa – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    It was informative.

  8. Stephanie – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Good intro into independent study

  9. Cynthia – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    This was a good course, just felt like it needed something to make it more engaging.

  10. Jenna – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great course that gave some really thought provoking ideas!

  11. Leticia – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked that this course explains the ins and outs of managing a project based research for GT students. Learned some new ways of helping my students complete successful projects.

  12. Juanita – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  13. Annie – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great job Todd Stanley!

  14. Carlota – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    well organized

  15. Kathryn – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Provided some good information about creating rubrics.

  16. Adriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  17. Matthew – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I’m ready to implement this for a small group of my kids for the 4th grading period!

  18. Katina – River View Local Schools (verified owner)

    This course would be best suited for teachers of grades 4th -12th.

  19. Holly – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    The course was very informationals.

  20. Yalitza – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

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