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. Alicia – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    I like the idea of the conferences and rubrics to make independent study successful.

  2. Alex – SOUTH TEXAS ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  3. Laura – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    The module was very interesting and provided great strategies I can implement in my classroom.

  4. Iris – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Great way to guide the teacher how to plan independent study.

  5. Amanda – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    This was a fabulous course. I feel that the last question was tricky because even though it is not required to talk to every student, a teacher should always allow every single student to share their learning. This is not only for them to explain their thinking, but it gives them a chance to show off their hard work and progress. Everyone should have a chance to share.

  6. Oralia – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Very informative. And great ideas and resources to use with students.

  7. Matthew – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This course demonstrates a great framework for creating independent projects.

  8. Mireya – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    Provided ideas on how to create a rubric and how to use it effectively.

  9. Leighann – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    This was very helpful.

  10. Ashley – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas for individual student learning.

  11. Kelli – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    Wonderful Ideas

  12. Ellen – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    very good, would be better with more high school examples

  13. Jessica – East Muskingum Local Schools (verified owner)

    I gained valuable information from this course.

  14. Eduviges – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    The course was informative on how to manage independent projects for students and create a relative rubric for project.

  15. Daisy – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    it was great!

  16. Jenna – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I liked this course. Independent study is something I have been wanting to utilize more in the classroom and definately wanted more training on it.

  17. Carmina – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great resource for independent study. Love the way it is initially set up and gives perspective for how this can work with younger elementary children. Explains the importance of having students structure their expectations.

  18. Rebecca – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the “how to” set up an independent study. It helped me think about how to incorporate it in my classroom.

  19. Miguel – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great resource.

  20. Ronald – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    Was very appropriate for me, as I am assigned all Independent Study science courses for our department. Are semester and annual credits that are very flexible in curriculum content and scope.

  21. Danielle – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great ideas for independent projects.

  22. Heather – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    Offered simple suggestions to utilize independent studies into the classroom.

  23. Christina – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you

  24. Becky – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    This is a direct conversation and course on independent study.

  25. Melissa – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Very informational

  26. Jodi – HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great ideas that stretch across every subject.
    Can be used for all students not just gifted.

  27. Amanda – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was good.

  28. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    There was good information to be learned but there was other information that was not useful.

  29. Silvia – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)


  30. Jody – KENT CITY (verified owner)

    This course was great! Todd provides great insight as to how you can easily implement independent study routines into your classroom at any level.

  31. Kristin – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    The process he describes for creating independent studies is very helpful. I wish there were a few primary examples. The lowest example given is third grade.

  32. Angela – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    very beneficial course for all teachers – elementary as well as secondary

  33. Denise – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I thought this course was beneficial.

  34. Denise – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    I got some great ideas! I really like having students use a contract so it helps keep them accountable!

  35. Cynthia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas

  36. Glenn – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Good quality and sufficient details. Would have liked to see examples of student created rubrics.

  37. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The course gives the positives of independent study based on research and experience.

  38. Nancy – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    This a great course to understand how to conduct a project in a class.

  39. June – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Great broad information on building independent study. Would love to see an example of the presenter working/chatting with a student to see it hands on at the elementary level.

  40. Marlayne – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I like this particular project because it keeps the students’ individual passions at the forefront, and definitely would keep them engaged.

  41. Marc – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)


  42. Natalie – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Very interesting and will use in my classroom

  43. Brett – MARION CITY (verified owner)


  44. William – VALLEY VIEW LOCAL (verified owner)


  45. Neena – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Good course

  46. Melissa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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

  47. Xochitl – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Really good information!

  48. Jeanne – MARION CITY (verified owner)

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

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

    New ideas were presented in this course.

  50. 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.

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