What if all students were treated as gifted? Study from US Dept of Education

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Treating students as gifted yields impressive academic results, study finds

(PhysOrg.com) — Schools that seek to help students who are underrepresented in advanced programs should treat them as gifted young scholars, an approach that can result in many of them actually performing at a gifted level within a few years, according to a U.S. Dept. of Education study of a North Carolina program.

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“The project requires teachers to undergo regular and intensive training, energizing their profession and their classrooms by weaving together teaching strategies based on the work of national education experts, including Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s work on “habits of mind,” Mary Frasier’s on “traits, attributes and behaviors” and Howard Gardner’s on “multiple intelligences.”

We are literally changing the knowledge, skills and dispositions of teachers so they believe children can learn. It is a lot about teacher expectation and belief,” said Mary N. Watson, the director of the exceptional children division of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, who helped develop the project.”

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I wonder what might ensue if

  • teachers believed themselves to be creative – embracing new ideas and new decisions to make a difference,
  • students felt confident and competent using the thinking skills associated with creativity so they can create new futures

Thanks to creativity author Peter Lloyd for the link. Read his bio here.

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