2What does the gifted child look like??? “Those who have the ability in one or more learning areas that exceeds grade/age level expectations by two years or more.”Susan Winebrenner in Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular ClassroomThe regular curriculum will not provide the challenge these students need to continue moving forward in their education.
3"You don't prepare a young man or woman to become a world class athlete by keeping him or her in regular gym classes and by not allowing him or her to compete against other youngsters who can provide appropriate levels of challenge…. You don't develop world leaders such as Martin Luther King, Golda Meir, and Mahatma Gandhi by having them practice basic skills over and over again or by reiterating mundane concepts that they can undoubtedly learn faster than all their schoolmates and, in some cases, even many of their teachers. Talent development is the 'business' of our field, and we must never lose sight of this goal.”Renzulli & Reis (2005)
5What group of students makes the lowest achievement gains in school? “The brightest students.”William Sanders,Tennessee Value-Added Assessment SystemStudy of the effects of teachers and schools on student learning
7All too often, students are nominated for the G/T program that are: high-achieversteacher pleasersorganizedturn in their homework on timemake all A’s“great” studentsthe “smartest” kid in their classwell-behaved and focused on learning
8Unfortunately, the student described is a high-achiever with wonderful skills that make him/her excellent students. They are NOT gifted.Teachers and parents nominate “high-achievers” and when they don’t score high enough on the ability or the achievement tests, they don’t understand why.We need to be very careful that we are looking for very specific qualities and behaviors in a student before we nominate them for GT.
9A Bright Child A Gifted Child Knows the answersAsks the questionsIs interestedIs highly curiousIs attentiveIs mentally and physically involvedHas good ideasHas wild, silly ideasWorks hardPlays around, yet tests wellAnswers the questionsDiscusses in detail, elaboratesTop groupBeyond the groupListens with interestShows strong feeling and opinionsLearns with easeAlready knows6-8 repetitions for mastery1-2 repetitions for masteryUnderstands ideasConstructs abstractions
10A Bright Child A Gifted Child Enjoys peersPrefers adultsGrasps the meaningInitiates projectsIs receptiveIs intenseCopies accuratelyCreates a new designAbsorbs informationManipulates informationTechnicianInventorGood memorizerGood guesserEnjoys straight forward sequential presentationThrives on complexityIs alertIs keenly observantIs pleased with own learningIs highly self-critical
12Can a gifted learner have discipline issues? YESCan a gifted learner choose NOT to do their work?Can a gifted learner be precocious?Does a gifted learner sometimes like to argue with classmates and even you?
13Can gifted students be twice-exceptional Can gifted students be twice-exceptional? (Students with learning challenges…students with ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, etc.)YESCan gifted students be underachievers?Can gifted students have social problems?
14Points to remember…Look for students that: have an advanced vocabulary and verbal abilitydemonstrate an ability to work with abstract ideassee patterns, relationships, and connections that others don’tgets your sense of humorwant to share everything he/she knowsprefer complex and challenging tasks to “basic” workhas many unusual interests, hobbies, and collections
15prefers to talk to teachers and other adults rather than fellow students high energy levellikes to be in chargeis sensitive to beauty and other people’s feelings, emotions, expectationsvery intenseoutstanding memoryis curious about many things and asks endless questionsis a keen and alert observer
16Characteristics a GT student can also have: resistance in doing the work, or work in a sloppy, careless mannerfrustration with the pace of the classrebelling against routine and predictabilityasking embarrassing questionsresisting taking direction or ordersdaydreamingMonopolizing class discussionsbeing bossy with peers and teachersIntolerance of imperfection
17becoming super-sensitive to any form of criticism crying easilyrefusing to conformresisting cooperative learning/wants to work aloneacting out or disturbing othersbecoming the class clownblurting out answers
18Reminders:IF a parent tells you that he wants to nominate his child for GT, have the parent make the nomination. ONLY nominate students that you feel really do exhibit the characteristics of a GT child.Look beyond the high-achievers when making nominations.
19Remember, the student that drives you nuts may be gifted Remember, the student that drives you nuts may be gifted. If he’s rolling around on the floor, laughing at your jokes, talking to you ALL the time, seems a bit odd, has bizarre ideas about things, is bossy, and refuses to conform….he may be GIFTED.A kernel of truth:One of my students was laying on the floor next to the group of students he was supposed to be working with. As I stood over him and stared, he looked up at me, grimaced as he flopped his arms on the ground and said, “I can’t work with these people…they are killing me!”Yes….he was gifted.