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Differentiation for Advanced Learners: A Starting Point

As the title suggests, this is a resource for you to initiate a “starting point” for you to begin on a journey to differentiate for advanced learners. It might also foster new thinking for more veteran “differentiators.” Because advanced learners spend a lot of time in mixed ability settings, the resources cited below focus primarily on meeting advanced learner needs in the general classroom.

Please spend a few minutes reviewing the “don'ts” of working with advanced learners in the blog entry by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). It is easier to avoid implementing a bad instructional practice than trying to break one.

Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms (For Do's and Don'ts):


  • Challenge Your Top Students
  • Differentiating Curriculum for Gifted Students

  • The Five Dimensions of Differentiation

  • How to Differentiate Objectives for Gifted Learners

  • Six Strategies for Challenging Gifted Learners

  • Strategies that Differentiate Instruction


  • Differentiating for Gifted Learners Top 10 List

  • Differentiating Instruction: It’s Not as Hard as You Think It Is

  • Getting Started on Differentiation

The Musts of a Differentiated Classroom (National Association for Gifted Children):

If you have specific questions related to your classroom or school, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. We are committed to helping you!


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