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Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation in Gifted… (edition 2018)

by Angela Novak (Author)

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Title:Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation in Gifted Education (Vol. 1): Methods and Strategies for Gifted Professional Development
Authors:Angela Novak (Author)
Info:Prufrock Press (2018), 250 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:2018, Nonfiction, dnf

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Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation in Gifted Education (Vol. 1): Methods and Strategies for Gifted Professional Development by Angela Novak Ph.D.

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Good resource books for teachers (and those that plan for the professional development of said teachers) working with students that have been identified as gifted. Includes strategies for a more individualized approach for best practices in helping teachers become better educators. ( )
  hollicolli | Sep 25, 2018 |
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The layout of the book was convenient and easy to follow. Not much was original or revolutionary, but it's a nice convenient reference for best practices. As a whole, however, it was forgettable. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 8, 2018 |
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As a teacher I found this book a great resource tool for myself and my fellow staff.
  KatieHestness | Sep 6, 2018 |
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What is a Gifted Student? The present work on best practices in professional learning and teacher preparation should be a guide for ALL TEACHERS not just those who deal with “gifted students.” Volume 1 is a good guide for those who are in education. As a professional who works for a university in the chemistry department, the suggestions in the book serve as the ‘basic requirements’ for any educator. Which is to say, each educator should be striving toward achieving the highest ability as an educator. This entails the following suggestions below.

First, professional learning should be guided by ‘goal aligned and data driven’ methods. What works best? And why (where’s the data)?? Further, any change worth making should be sustainable over time. A change in methodology should not lead to ‘burn out’ due to over working. Each educator should engage in sustainable methods which work. The authors tend to leave a wide margin for independent input throughout the book. Which was disappointing to me.

On the flip side, the suggestion of ‘active learning’ – which is hot in education right now – was refreshing to see as highlighted. Above all of the suggestions in the book, I would place a large emphasis on collaboration, reflection, and webinars/chat sessions. Educators have the ability to form ‘alliances’ or ‘groups’ on social media platforms to share ‘best practices’ and transfer knowledge very easily. In California, each Sunday night between 8-9 pm, there is a chat session for educators to join (pacific daylight time). Which has proved to be extremely helpful. Each educator can share examples of what worked and what did not for his/her classroom setting. Additionally, there are an abundance of webinars available for free to view and learn from.

In closing, volume one was informative, yet I found the content to be general in nature. I thought that the content was already being implemented by each educator for all students not just ‘gifted students’. Maybe my expectations are set way too high. Educating young people also entails educating yourself. Spending time engaging in professional learning will make you a better instructor aside from relieving stress of not meeting the needs of your students. The long-standing question is: how do we motivate students to become lifetime learners? Volume one serves as a good starting point. ( )
  JMikeK | Aug 24, 2018 |
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Best Practices is a good book for enriching the regular education classroom for students exhibiting precocity as well as dealing with students on an exceptional IEP. The concept of curriculum compacting is an efficient method of designing meaningful experiences for the gifted spectrum of students. The authors produced an efficient educator-friendly pullout that is easy to reference at a glance. In all, this book is a great tool for special educators and regular ed teachers looking to expand their students' pedagogy. ( )
  chutchi | Jul 11, 2018 |
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