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Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.)


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Author: Susan Rakow Ph.D.
Product Code: 6982
ISBN: 978-1-59363-698-2
Pages: 344
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Understanding and meeting the needs of gifted students in middle school offer unique challenges. This newly revised and expanded second edition of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School updates the practical information about meeting these needs offered in the award-winning 2004 edition. A new chapter on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas as well as a completely revised chapter on English/language arts for gifted and advanced learners in the middle grades are key components of the new edition. The impact of current reform movements, Response to Intervention, new relevant research, updated information on middle school boys and other special populations, changing middle grade configurations, and 21st-century skills are added to the already thorough discussions of the first edition. Resources, references, and suggested curriculum materials have all been updated.

The focus of this second edition continues to be on helping teachers, administrators, and parents to understand gifted middle school students, implement effective program models, define the role of the gifted teacher, identify best practices for the classroom, and apply curriculum ideas that are effective and research-based. Educating Gifted Students in Middle School focuses on creative, practical, and realistic school solutions that create a vital and responsive school community for all students.

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Review by: Adrienna Turner, Dream 4 More - October 17, 2011
Educating Gifted Students in Middle School is a practical resource for teachers, educators, mentors, tutors, parents, and guardians of gifted adolescence/students. It can also apply to geniuses and overly active children such as multipotentiality (equally talented in several diverse areas). I will definitely keep this as a resource how to encourage and build my family members potential as a gifted child.
Review: Gifted Child Today - October 1, 2011
Middle school gifted students have a unique set of educational and emotional needs. This newly revised and expanded second edition of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide offers parents and professionals valuable information to help them provide gifted middle school students with appropriate education services.
Review by: Michelle Mar, Childhood Education - August 1, 2007
Rakow presents exceptional ideas for both new and experienced teachers, offering a variety of gifted models that are well-researched . . . I found this informative book to be very helpful, and used many of her ideas after reading the material. Educating Gifted Students in Middle School focuses on the sensible, imaginative, and pragmatic school solutions that can create a fundamental and responsive school community for all students and teachers.
Review by: Lois Spangler, Science Scope - March 1, 2007
Educating Gifted Students in Middle School provides teachers and administrators with a guide to planning and implementing a program for gifted students. This comprehensive book contains a wealth of information for middle school professionals.

Each chapter begins with a set of essential questions. Charts and curriculum models are included to assist in developing a program. The chapters close with “Next Steps ...Take Action” with suggestions for implementation. These features add to the appeal of the book as an excellent selection for an after-school educators’ book club.

As the author states, “Diverse gifted students frequently are victims of the three U’s: under-identification, under-representation in programming and service, and under-achievement.” The author covers topics such as the nature and needs of middle school students, national movements, program models, the role of teachers and specialists, curriculum strategies, methods for differentiating instruction, special populations, and evaluation techniques. There are also book lists, information on competitions and special programs, and recommended websites.

As educators, we know the importance of meeting the needs of all of our students. I recommend this book to all middle school professionals. It is worth-while reading, discussing, and applying.
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