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Steve Haberlin is a Ph.D candidate at the University of South Florida, where he also works as a teaching assistant, supervising and teaching pre-service teachers. Steve holds a master's degree in gifted education from U.S.F. and has worked with gifted students for seven years in various classroom models. His research has been published in Gifted & Talented International, Childhood Education, the Journal of Practitioner Research, The Journal of Poetry Therapy, International Journal of Education & the Arts, and The Qualitative Report.
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I think some parallels can be drawn between identifying gifted students in the classroom and scouting for talents in sports. For instance, baseball scouts operate on various levels (e.g. high school, college, minor league) when looking to recruit...
Author's Note: This is the final installment of a three-part series on my experiences working as a gifted education resource teacher. I included the references used in all three blogs at the end of this blog. Part 3: Discussion During this...
In this installment, I write about the themes I discovered in my story of working as a gifted education resource teacher. Essentially, I experienced much frustration until I learned to first collaborate with classroom teachers, until I gained their...
Note: This article first appeared in The Qualitative Report. This is the first installment of a series on working as a resource teacher of gifted education. I am sharing a modified-version of this article in pieces because I think it sheds might...
Years ago, a mentor gave a very useful suggestion. He told me to visualize what my ideal classroom would look like. Not just the decorations on the wall and the seating arrangement, but all the aspects of my “ultimate classroom,” including how the...
When learning how to lesson-plan, pre-service teachers I work with often notice their mentor teachers rely on shorter, more condensed lesson plans. These student teachers wonder why they are required through coursework to develop lengthy, detailed...
After serving as a teacher educator for the past two years, I have begun to reflect on why student teachers might struggle as they prepare for the profession. Of course, as in other posts, I don’t proclaim to have all the answers. Rather, I hope by...
Historically, gifted education has battled to receive the same attention as other educational areas. While the focus on gifted and talented students has seemed to improve since the days of Sputnik, the field has a way to go. For instance, consider...
I know what you’re thinking when you read this blog title: What? Loosen up? My students are not focusing, not listening, getting out of their seats—I need to tighten up! But stay with me. I’d like to share a different perspective, one that involves...
Let me start by saying I certainly don’t have all the answers when it comes to education. I, do, think, however, after spending many years working as an educator, writing, and researching about the topic, I have some ideas. We don’t have to search...

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