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Expectations for GT students

May 23, 2013 7:07pm

After teaching "standard" and below-grade level students for 5 years in a row, my teaching assignment for next year includes GT courses (7th & 8th grade). What are some common expectations that I should anticipate incorporating into my lessons? I'm thinking things like - timing, amount of homework, balance of lesson vs. practice, etc.

  • Math
  • 6-8
  • Behavior / Planning


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    • May 24, 2013 11:27pm

      After teaching all of the different levels of students over the years from very high to very low, the only expectations I share with students are the objectives that I have set for them and the standards they have to meet, now it is the Common Core framework. I share them with the students and tell them that it is up to them to meet the challenge of the framework and they can rise to the challenge of meeting those expectations. Other things that you mention, such as time and lesson vs practice are already built into my individual lesson plans and they take care of themselves. All of my plans have some type of guided and unguided practice built into them all with the time constraints of 50 minutes per class.

      • May 26, 2013 8:35pm


        I have a couple of very advanced students, and Universal Design for Learning helps me to create challenges for them without overwhelming classmates. A really great way is to offer students the choice to show proficiency with standards using their own ideas. You;ll be amazed at the quality of work you get when you challenge students to create their own assignments. This is especially effective with the GT who think outside the box. For a little background in UDL, you can check out CAST's web site.

        Good luck,