Middle Grades

Combined Concurrent

Compacting in the Secondary Science Classroom

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: 201 B

How do you meet the needs of gifted students in a regular classroom or those that have tremendous background knowledge in your gifted classroom? The answer is compacting. Compacting is a strategy that is aligned to the NAGC Programming Standards. It offers a concrete way to differentiate for high-ability learners. In this session you will learn what compacting is, and how to develop a plan to assess, analyze, and enrich the curriculum effectively. Add student choice, voice, and excitement to your class for those waiting to learn. This session provides step-by-step processes, resources, logistics, and examples of science unit plans.

Ashley Y. Carpenter

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Connecticut

Ashley Carpenter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut. She is the mother of a twice-exceptional child and taught middle school science for 15 years. She has experience with Exceptional Student Education (ESE), drop–out prevention, and full-time gifted programs. She taught at the Center for Gifted Studies in Pinellas County, Florida for 6 years. She has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College, her Master’s of Arts degree in Science Education from the University of South Florida, and is completing her Doctorate in Educational Psychology in the Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development department under Dr. Del Siegle. Her interests include underachievement of gifted adolescents and twice-exceptional students.

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