it’s always tough when i want to soft-peddle a message. you know what i mean? when you really want to drive a point home but you need to qualify it in a way that allows maximum chances of the audience embracing what you are saying. example: when working with teachers that have small numbers of gifted students in their classroom there are two points that i want to drive home, the first being that good instruction is good instruction, and there are high ability students in your class that may not carry a GT label. at the same time i want to stress the point that it is not an option to differentiate or not differentiate for your gifted students. as a colleague mentioned today, it’s tough to have the conversation about serving gifted students when the pressing concern of the other person isn’t the framework, it’s about passing TAKS.
the thin line we walk