Teachers Workshop is a resource and community space for educators sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Here educators of the gifted can find guidance on everyday teaching challenges, tips to inspire their instruction, and free classroom-ready lessons and materials.
Join your colleagues to share lesson ideas, and review and discuss best practices in gifted curriculum and instruction.
We’re here to inspire greater art, craft, and ideas for your classroom. The ideas you’ll find are starting points for conversation about best practices. Tell us what worked and what didn’t. We’re also here to learn what’s already working for you. Share your joys and frustrations about the art and rocket science of teaching gifted youth.
Every day presents exciting and daunting challenges for educators of the gifted: an opportunity to solve a problem or make something new happen for our students. At Teachers Workshop we strive to be invitational, conversational, and motivational so you can make what you need to for your classroom.
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Help us create a space where caring, committed educators of the gifted gather to refine and create best practices.
Lyn Fairchild Hawks, Editor
As editor of this blog, I’m excited for you to discuss, propose, critique, and share. That’s what fueled my teaching over the years: great mentors, great colleagues, and great kids inspiring me to get better at my craft. With my wonderful colleagues at Duke TIP, we’ll be posting regularly about all of the above.
I’ve taught in face-to-face classrooms in both public and independent schools in North Carolina and California. I’ve taught all kinds of humanities courses and supervised amazing kids doing their thing in literary magazines, student government, and theater productions. I’ve been a department chair and gifted resource teacher, helping kids through adventures like Battle of the Books and Odyssey of the Mind. I’ve provided professional development workshops to educators in various settings. At Duke TIP I’ve served as an online teacher and administrator of online programs, teacher trainer, and curriculum designer. I’ve also authored and co-authored several works of curriculum with ASCD, NCTE, and Chicago Review Press. When I’m not in educator mode, I’m writing literary, women’s, and young adult fiction about gifted, weird, and wise youth, the educational system, and challenges youth face.
Read all of Lyn’s posts here.
At Teachers Workshop we’ll host several contributors–internal and external. Duke TIP staff who design and teach programs for gifted youth will be featured regularly. Many posts detail the best practices and principles that our staff have integrated in professional development and lessons for programs such as eStudies and eInvestigators, representing the work of several Duke TIP internal collaborators.
And maybe you! If you are an experienced author and educator, you’re welcome to apply.
About Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980. Each year, Duke TIP enrolls nearly one hundred thousand new students in its talent searches. TIP’s talent searches help these gifted students assess the extent of their abilities with above-level testing, recognize them for their achievements, and provide them with a variety of enrichment benefits. TIP also offers accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs to more than eight thousand students each year. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with educators, parents, and the greater gifted community. Learn more.