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How the gifted brain learns / David A. Sousa.


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Sousa, David A.
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2nd ed. - Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2009.
  • Book
  • xiii, 275 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-266) and index.
  • About the Author Acknowledgments Preface to the Second Edition Introduction What Do We Mean by Gifted and Talented? Gifted and Talented Programs in Today's Schools About This Book 1. What Is a Gifted Brain? Understanding Intelligence Theories of Intelligence and Giftedness Characteristics of Giftedness Social and Emotional Characteristics of Giftedness Impact of Praise on Gifted Students 2. Challenging the Gifted Brain Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction A Supportive Learning Environment Curriculum Content Initiatives for Gifted Learners Instructional Processes for Gifted Learners The Products of Gifted Learners Gifted Visual-Spatial Learners Avoiding the Pitfall of Academics Versus the Arts 3. Underachieving Gifted Students What Is Underachievement? Some Causes of Underachievement Identifying Gifted Underachievers Underachievement Among Gifted Minority Students Reversing Patterns of Underachievement 4. The Twice-Exceptional Brain Identifying Twice-Exceptional Students Giftedness and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Giftedness and Autism Hyperlexia 5. Language Talent Sources of Language Ability Identifying Students Gifted in Language Arts Developing Language Ability 6. Mathematical Talent Number Sense Is an Innate Capability Mathematical Thinking and the Brain Identifying the Mathematically Gifted Teaching the Mathematically Gifted 7. Artistic Talent The Arts for All Students Musical Talent Reading and Memorizing Music Developing Musically Talented Students Dance Talent Theatrical Talent Visual Art Talent 8. Putting It All Together Identifying Gifted Students Developing the Learning Environment Strategies for the Gifted in the Inclusive Classroom Where Do We Go From Here? Conclusion Glossary References Resources Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
'Pulls many areas of gifted research, knowledge, and applications together in a clear and concise manner. This is a one-stop book for teachers who have high-ability/gifted students in a classroom and need to understand how these students' brains work and how to plan effective instruction' - Mary Beth Cary, Teacher, Worth County Primary School, Sylvester GA. What does it mean to be gifted and talented? The second edition of David Sousa's best-selling "How the Gifted Brain Learns" helps bring clarity to this topic, leveraging the latest neuroscientific findings to separate fact from fiction and provide teachers with practical strategies for engaging artistically and intellectually advanced learners. This reader-friendly guide gives elementary and secondary teachers the help they need to not only recognize and challenge their gifted learners, but also to support gifted students who underachieve. Acknowledging that students are often gifted in specific subject areas, the text includes chapters dedicated to talents in language, math, and the arts. Special 'From the Desk of a Teacher' sections offer classroom-tested examples of the instructional applications suggested by research. In addition to featuring new research and expanded curriculum ideas, this second edition helps answer questions about: how the brains of gifted students are different; how to gauge if gifted students are being adequately challenged; how to identify students who are both gifted and learning disabled; how improving programmes for the gifted and talented benefits other students; and, how to better identify gifted minority students, who are often underrepresented in gifted programmes. This resource is a one-stop shop of brain-compatible strategies for teaching the full range of gifted students!.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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