Differentiating for the Young Child: Teaching Strategies Across the Content Areas (K-3)

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9780761931096: Differentiating for the Young Child: Teaching Strategies Across the Content Areas (K-3)

Meet the demands of curriculum standards for an increasingly diverse student population with this informative guide.

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Joan Franklin Smutny is founder and director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner. She directs programs for thousands of bright, talented, and gifted children in the Chicago area annually. She also teaches creative writing in many of these programs as well as courses on gifted education for graduate students at the university level. She is editor of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted, and a regular contributor to the Gifted Education Communicator, Parenting for High Potential, and the Gifted Education Press Quarterly. Smutny has authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and books on gifted education for teachers, parents, and administrators, including Challenging High Potential Spanish Speaking Students (2012), Teaching Advanced Learners in the General Education Classroom (2011), Manifesto of the Gifted Girl (2010), Differentiating for the Young Child, Second Edition (2010), Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K–6 (2009), Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5 (2007), Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women (2007), Designing and Developing Programs for Gifted Students (2003), Underserved Gifted Populations (2003), Gifted Education: Promising Practices (2003), Stand Up for Your Gifted Child (2001), The Young Gifted Child: Potential and Promise, an Anthology (1998), and Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom (1997). In 1996, she won the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the field of gifted education.

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Whenever anyone asks me for advice on parenting and educating young children, I refer them, without hesitation, to Smutny and von Fremd. Their very special talent is in helping adults nurture and cherish the creativity and learning joy that is so intrinsic in young children. (Susan Winebrenner, Author)

The authors teach us to teach better. They use teacher voices, classroom stories, and solid foundations to guide the reader’s thinking. Practical examples and specific guidelines make the book very useful without resorting to templates or gimmicks! (Carol Ann Tomlinson, Professor)

The authors have done a remarkable job! I found the five-step sequence and the journey analogy absolutely brilliant. Even more profound is their ability to show how standards and district requirements can still be met, yet in a more developmentally appropriate way. (Patricia A. Phipps, Executive Director)

The authors build a strong case for WHY of differentiated instruction, and then go on to fill the pages with enticing examples of the HOW of differentiating instruction for each major subject area. Their presentation of lesson planning as a journey is a powerful metaphor that has the potential to transform classroom teaching! I loved the book! It was great fun! (Sharon Easterling, Executive Director)

At last, a practical book that is tailored to the early years and focuses on the how to’s of differentiating curriculum and instructional delivery. (Jim Grant)

Wrapped around a telling metaphor of a learning journey, Smutny and von Fremd provide the tools and the templates for differentiation for learners. Rich in practical ideas, rigorous in its applications, this is a ‘must-have’ research-based resource for differentiation for the young child. (Robin Fogarty, Professional Development Consultant)

"This book is a comprehensive guide for differentiating all aspects of the primary level curriculum. It includes many practical examples concerning how teachers should manage the differentiated classroom.  These examples are supported by solid educational practice and the authors′ extensive professional backgrounds as teachers and administrators." (Gifted Education News, August-September 2004)

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