An Introductory Class for Teachers about Working with Gifted Kids and Teens
Lindsey Nelson, Education Chair
This course is taught by Lindsey Nelson, the Education Chair. Lindsey holds an M.S. in Engineering Education and has extensive experience teaching gifted learners both in-person at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs and online. Lindsey cares about designing educational programs that include a wide range of gifted learners, leveraging the unique characteristics of online classroom environments, and building joyful learning communities in every class.
Learn to create joyful learning adventures for gifted kids that align with your unique teaching strengths!
We come alive as teachers when we develop innovative learning opportunities capable of challenging and inspiring adventurous learners. Teaching online enables us to connect with learners all around the world as we share the same classroom.
In Teaching Gifted Kids Online, we begin by focusing on the intellectual needs of gifted learners so that we can create fun and engaging learning adventures. From there, we will discuss classroom management in virtual environments, highlighting how asynchronous development manifests in online courses. In our 8 weeks together, course participants will actively create an online course oriented for gifted learners while discovering how to support the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students.
The major project for Teaching Gifted Kids Online is creating a student-ready class that capitalizes on a teacher’s signature strengths, allows gifted learners the flexibility to choose their own adventures, and supports gifted students with learning disabilities. Successful graduates of Teaching Gifted Kids Online will have the opportunity to teach their class as an official GHF program.
Sample Course Outline
This course is an 8 week class where each week is dedicated to a particular topic. Topics may change depending on the interests of the class. The following outline is meant to be a sample.
- Who are gifted learners?
- Foundations of course design
- Differentiation, Enrichment, and Acceleration
- Understanding the online classroom
- Creating an inclusive environment
- The creative process
- Teaching thinking skills
- Final presentations
Frequently Asked Questions
Our next cohorts will begin in August.
- Tuesdays at 9:00pm Eastern, August 13 – October 1
- Thursdays at 2:00pm Eastern, August 15 – October 3
- Sundays at 4:00pm Eastern, August 18 – October 6
Sessions are recorded. Additionally, you can join in with a different group during a particular week if you have occasional schedule conflicts. People who are interested in teaching with GHF should make every effort to attend at least 6 live meetings.
Good teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds. You do not need formal K-12 teaching experience or a recognized teaching credential in order to teach with GHF.
Yes. Limited financial assistance is available. Please contact Lindsey directly at lindsey dot nelson at ghflearners dot org for more information.
Yes, we are committed to offering this course in the future. Please email ghfadmin at ghflearners dot org to request information about future sessions.