PHOENIX DESERT SUMMER INSTITUTE 
K-6 GIFTED STRATEGIES WORKSHOP, Phoenix & Tucson
Dennis Schuman, Presenter
Dennis Schuman is currently retired from the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

Dennis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA at Kent State University and his MA at Cleveland State University. He later received his EDS in Gifted Education and Administration at Nova University,

Dennis taught seven years in the Cleveland Public Schools. He taught grades 3-8 and self contained gifted classes grades 3-4. From 1977 until present he has taught in the Paradise Valley USD.
He has been a regular classroom teacher grades 2-6, an Honors teacher grades 2-5, an Administrative intern for Paradise Valley Schools and Director of Paradise Valley's Gifted Program. He has also taught University courses in gifted education at both Ottawa University and A.S.U. West. Dennis is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Middle Childhood Generalist.
Dennis is married to wife Tammy (also a teacher) for 35 years and has two children.


Gifted Strategies
K-6
Learn the theories and concepts of gifted education; the uses of gifted strategies and how they may be successfully used to instruct students of all levels and abilities. Emphasis will be on practical applications.
1. List at least ten characteristics of gifted children.
2. List a least 5 characteristics of giftedness that tend to screen children out of programs.
3. Identify at least 5 teaching strategies.
4. Explain appropriate ways of using these techniques in a regular classroom.
5. Determine ways to evaluate the use of these strategies within a gifted program or regular classroom.
Workshop Objectives
Identify characteristics of gifted students.
Identify characteristics that screen students out of gifted programs.
Identify verbally gifted students.
Identify strategies for working with verbally gifted students.
Identify creative questioning strategies for working with gifted students.

Identify mathematically gifted students.
Identify strategies for working with mathematically gifted students.
Identify creative questioning strategies for working with gifted students.

Implementing creative questioning techniques in the classroom.
Identify spatially gifted students.
Identify creative questioning strategies for working with spatially gifted students.
Implementing creative questioning strategies in the classroom.
Class Syllabus
This four day workshop is designed for the classroom teacher who has the responsibility to “differentiate instruction” for the gifted learner in their classroom. It would also be appropriate for gifted teachers who want to add new tools to their instructional skill set for working with gifted students. In either case, the participants will learn about the specific and unique needs of gifted students, strategies for working with these students, teaching methods and specific classroom activities with proven effectiveness.
Class Description