Using Projects to Maximize Capacity in Your Gifted Classroom


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.

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

  1. Derralee – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    It was well thought out and planned, but I feel like this is one of those where you need to be there when planning out a project.

  2. Yvette – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This course provides everything needed to apply the concepts of PBL. The resources included are great to get started using this process.

  3. Janie – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  4. Sara – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    it was good.

  5. Maribel – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    A very interesting topic on how to use a different approach when teaching real life problems/solutions.

  6. Maria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    great course

  7. Andrea – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The course was very informative.

  8. Laura – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked it as it had examples and showcased the advantages of PBL

  9. Diana – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  10. Jorge – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This is an application that is labor intensive to implement but is really worth it. It could become easy once is defined and practiced over time.

  11. Maria Elena – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great Presentation

  12. Olga – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  13. Graciela – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interssting learning about projects.

  14. Maria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course!

  15. Victoria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Course was very explanatory and easy to understand.

  16. Kimberly – PALACIOS ISD (verified owner)

    I like the included resources.

  17. Jessica – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  18. Rosa Maria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Good information…thank you

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