Gifted Students Need Organic and Dynamic Instruction!
“Organic” is considered to be a good characteristic by most people. If food is organic it is uncontaminated by chemicals and is in its natural state. “Dynamic” is another positive characteristic as we associate it with energy and activity, both good things. These two words characterize the type of instruction we hope to see with gifted students. Good teaching is always organic in the sense that it naturally evolves as the teacher learns the students’ needs, interests, readiness, and abilities for content and processes.
The organic instructional process is uncontaminated with unengaging content, inflexible structure and pacing, and unnecessary concepts. Rather, because it is organically evolving, it is also dynamic, in that change is constantly in motion as adjustments are needed to match the gifted learner with the instructional process. As all students are different, this continual adjustment is ongoing and follows from continual collaboration between the student and teacher. Some of the ways that adjustments are made for gifted students include:
- Quickening the pace of instruction
- Seeking ways to transform ideas into new applications
- Pushing ideas to a more abstract level than originally presented
- Adding complexity to the issues and problems being discussed
- Allowing students an open structure in their approaches to thinking
- Allowing students increased independence in their work
These are just some of the ways we can make our classrooms increasingly organic and dynamic for gifted students. These adjustments create a natural, nurturing, and exciting learning environment for highly capable students so that they will thrive. Please do share additional ways that you create an organic and dynamic environment for gifted students in your classrooms.
All the best,