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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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4.2.1 What role does reflective thinking play in assessing the understanding and growth about Differentiation?

What role does reflective thinking play as educators begin to assess their understanding and growth when adopting and implementing a philosophy for differentiating curriculum and instruction in the classroom? In this session, prompts or stems to encourage educators to question their classroom practices and whether these practices support differentiation and the goal of improving teaching will be shared. Participants will also have an opportunity to examine a rubric helpful to assess areas for growth related to differentiation such as pedagogical understanding, critical thinking, personal growth, and transformation learning.


Christine Weber
University of North Florida
United States

Christine L. Weber, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at the University of North Florida, U.S., with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. Dr. Weber has been a member of the Editorial Review Board for Gifted Child Today since 1998. Her recent books, with co-authors Cecelia Boswell and Wendy Behrens, include Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners: A Case Studies Approach (2016) and Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach (2014). She also co-authored a book chapter “Gifted students and advanced readers” in Ebooks for Elementary School (2015).

Wendy Behrens
Minnesota Department of Education
United States

Wendy Behrens is the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. She presents frequently on the nature and needs of gifted learners, instructional strategies, service design, and policies that support highly able learners. She has co-authored several books and is an invited speaker in the United States, Middle East, Far East, and Europe. She is President of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, a CEC-TAG Board Member, delegate to the World Council, and an advisor for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and the Grayson School.


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