McAleer Presents on the Theme “The Kananaskis Village People”

Posted on 12/1/2011 9:45:30 AM

Franny McAleer, Department of Professional Studies in Education, was an invited presenter for Celebrating the Challenges 2011, hosted by the Alberta Provincial Special Education Council Conference on October 14–15, 2011.

Because of her expertise in higher level thinking, gifted education, and adapting instruction for special education students, she was selected to share her perspectives and research on the theme “The Kananaskis Village People,” described as “Different isn’t so different anymore! It’s about working together as a community of educators to create change for all students and to empower all learners.”

The components of the double session were:

Differentiating Instruction with Six Thinking Hats

(Gifted Education is a recent mandate in Alberta Province.)

Six Hats is a simple and powerful way to differentiate the questioning process and teach thinking as a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved. The Six Hats promote differentiated learning by teaching students to think at higher levels and improve writing, reading, and speaking skills. The colors and hats provide a useful visual image that is easy to learn and remember. The game and role-playing nature of the hats compliment how the brain works. So, put on the Six Hats and improve thinking, questioning, and communication.

  1. Seven keys to differentiating instruction
  2. Nature of Six Hats and differentiation
  3. Three literacy levels of differentiation: text, self, and world
  4. Presentation and application of each hat
  5. Tinkering with Six Hats
  6. Sharing of best ideas with whole group
  7. Sequences of hats
  8. Forced associations
  9. Which hat is it anyway?

Turn Up the Challenge for Gifted and Talented Students

Do you have students who learn at an advanced level and accelerated pace? You can meet the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction. This workshop presents the principles and strategies to help you meet their needs.

  1. Characteristics: Bright child/gifted child
  2. Effective teachers of the gifted
  3. Analogies
  4. Curriculum differentiation: Strategies for differentiating instruction for gifted students
  5. Acceleration (pace) and enrichment (depth)
  6. Pre-assessment
  7. Most difficult first
  8. Compacting curriculum
  9. Curriculum differentiation (differentiating the content, process, product, and learning environment)
  10. Tiered assignments
  11. Learning contracts
  12. Independent studies
  13. Apprenticeships, mentorships