Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Jennifer Diaz

Third Advisor

Karen Sahli


This paper explores using tic-tac-toe boards as enrichment for gifted math students. It first explores six different intelligences and how knowing your students' intelligences enables the teacher to best plan extension activities for their gifted students. It next explores identifying gifted students and using multiple sources to get the best identification results. Sources can include: test results, teacher reflections, grades, parent reporls of the child's behavior, a review creative work, and observation of the child by a professional psychologist. Next, I exploring traits of gifted students and how to best teach them. They include seeing the world differently than others, perfectionism, self-confidence, curiosity and learning things quickly. Since most gifted students learn material quickly many aren't challenged enough and never have learned how to work hard (Smutny & F'remd, 2010, p. 38). Strategies to teach gifted students include clustering, professional development for the teacher, questioning to get students to think critically, and teacher collaboration. When planning enrichment activities for gifted students a teacher should reference standards to make sure the student is learning what they need to. Teachers can use their state standards, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (I{CTM) standards, and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Enrichment activities on a tic-tac-toe board allow gifted students to get the education they need while learning all the standards


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