I was convinced I had written about this quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson before, but no search on Byrdseed turned it up, so here you go!
Dr. Tomlinson on how accelerated content isn’t really “fast” to a gifted kid, it’s comfortable:
Often, highly able students learn more quickly than others their age. As a result, they typically need a more rapid instructional pace than do many of their peers. Educators sometimes call that “acceleration,” which makes the pace sound risky. For many gifted learners, however, it’s the comfortable pace-like walking “quickly” suits someone with very long legs. It’s only “fast” for someone with shorter legs.
But here’s the best part, the opposite is also true! Gifted kids can also benefit from a slower pace:
On the other hand, it’s often the case that advanced learners need a slower pace of instruction than many other students their age, so they can achieve a depth or breadth of understanding needed to satisfy a big appetite for knowing.
You can read the rest here: What It Means To Teach Gifted Learners Well.
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