Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner

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Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner


Presenter: Jennifer Leal
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary|Secondary
Hours: 1

It is often said, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but is it really? In “Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner”, Jennifer Leal teaches a powerful activity that will capture your students’ interest and leave them hungry for more, using pictures, quotes, and other media. Discover the differences between primary and secondary sources and how to use them to draw your students deeper into the curriculum by making inferences and noticing details.

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Sometimes you may have a pot of gold in front of you, but you may not know how to use it. In “Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner “, Jennifer Leal explains how primary sources such as texts, quotes, pictures, and symbols can be a powerful motivator for student learning. She provides a simple yet dynamic activity that will help you pique your students’ interest. During this interactive course, learn how easy it can be to use source texts!

In this 1-hour course, you will learn how to:

  • Use primary sources to “hook” students’ interest
  • Help students make connections with the curriculum
  • Use source texts more effectively
This course is aligned with NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 7.1, 7.2, 7.3.

Jennifer Leal is a Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Rockwall ISD. She has been in education for 28 years and still enjoys the diversity of working with students, teachers, and parents each day. While teaching in Arlington ISD, she was chosen by her faculty members to be challenged and developed in the world of literacy through an organization called The Learning Network. She was fortunate to be supported by Margaret Mooney, a prominent educator, in the area of Reading and Writing. Jennifer also worked for the Learning Network from 2000 to 2005 under Margaret’s leadership as a facilitator for summer institutes. She recently received her Masters of Education.

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