ERIC Number: ED083760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Why Doesn't an Igloo Melt Inside? A Handbook for Teachers of the Academically Gifted and Talented.
The guide for teachers of academically gifted elementary school children focuses on the provision of challenging learning experiences designed to involve the students as active participants. Compared are approaches to identification of the gifted such as use of intelligence scores, achievement test scores, and teacher or principal recommendation. Stressed for teachers is the establishment of a classroom climate which allows freedom of thinking. Examples are given of techniques used to teach creative thinking skills through mind stretchers (puzzles), creative activities (such as writing poetry), hypothesizing (about problems such as why an igloo doesn't melt inside), group dynamics activities (such as finding creative uses for unusual objects), analyzing propaganda, sentence reasoning, and logic elimination problems. Suggestions are given for effective questioning techniques for group discussions. Mini-courses on topics such as archaeology or the heart are seen to be particularly appropriate for gifted students. Independent research projects which might involve interviewing experts, taking field trips, and reading books are also recommended. Appended are a bibliography and a behavioral rating scale. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Memphis City School System, TN.