Curriculum and Instruction


Gifted and talented learners benefit from specially-designed instruction tailored to meet their individual academic profiles.  Educators should develop adaptations or modifications to the general curriculum, learning environments, teaching methods, and/or instructional materials in order to address this need.  Assessment of these needs should be the basis for any modifications and should not be a one-size-fits-all program.

When designing such a program or individual instruction, there are three fundamental differences that distinguish gifted learners from other learners, which should be considered:

Curriculum, Instruction, Process, and Product

In developing specially designed instruction, there are four aspects that should be considered as the framework: Curriculum, Instruction, Process, and Product.  The following are key principles that provide a guide for gifted program development.





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