Young Scholars: Nurture, Guide and Support

Course Description

This module, the third in a series of four, describes instructional decisions that nurture potential in Young Scholars. Participants learn about concept-based instruction and how to integrate model thinking lessons into their teaching.


Upon completion of this course, participants will


    • Guiding principles of concept-based instruction
    • Strategies for learning students' interests, learning profiles, and readiness levels.
    • Models and strategies designed to nurture advanced academic potential.
    • Curriculum, materials, and resources designed to challenge and engage young learners in the four core subject areas of science, language arts, social studies, and mathematics
    • Assessment strategies for informing and guiding instruction


    • Curriculum is enriched by connecting it to "Big Ideas" (e.g., systems, change, patterns etc).
    • Critical and creative thinking skills are nurtured through problem-solving and problem-posing activities
    • When students engage in challenging lessons, self-efficacy increases and students are more likely to continue to take on additional challenges with confidence.
    • When higher-level thinking skills are embedded in the total school experience, students use these skills in other areas of their lives.

Be able to:

    • Provide instruction that promotes an understanding of concepts and "big ideas" e.g., patterns, explorations, discoveries
    • Conduct assessments that provide information about each student's interests, learning profile, and readiness level
    • Use information from various types of assessments to differentiate instruction using models and strategies
    • Provide social/emotional support and connect with each student on a personal level



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