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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

The Efficacy of Using a Project Based Approach to Learning for the Twice Exceptional Student in the Inclusive Classroom

Gifted and talented, Attention Deficit Disorder and other disabilities often challenge teachers in inclusive classrooms. The demands caused by the integration of National Common Core Standards into New York State Learning Standards and their requisite high stakes testing further burden already over-stressed teachers. By engaging students in real-life technological learning, project based learning is an effective way to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of exceptional students in the inclusive classroom while teaching critical thinking skills that will improve test scores and overall academic success. The goal of this endeavor was to create a project based learning curriculum, centered around the Amazon Rainforest, that would engage twice exceptional students who are gifted with ADD/ADHD and other students in the 5th grade classroom. This curriculum meets the National Common Core Standards, New York State Learning Standards for Math, English Language Arts, Family and Consumer Science, Social Studies, and Science as well as the National Educational Technology Standards for Students. It has also provided for differentiation for students with other types of disabilities.

Presenter: Margaret Petronio (Roberts Wesleyan College) --
Topic: Education - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)