Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

Gifted Learners

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019

These days, I have the pleasure of meeting gifted learners. Some of them have a designated learning challenge. From my experience, they are so bright, they can’t slow down to the mundane level of school. Unfortunately, the educational system can only bend so far as there are so many students. If memory is an issue, break the content into smaller chunks. Go forwards and backwards. Show the student a sample of model writing which is interesting to read. Then, deconstruct the essay into its topic sentences and main points. Finally, read it out loud and have the student take notes, using the acquired strategy. Last, ask him or her, “What did you learn? How did you learn it?” This helps to cement the information in the student’s memory.