"The term gifted and talented student means children and youths who give evidence of higher performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools in order to develop such capabilities fully."
“Gifted children,” children who exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade-level curriculum. (Missouri Rev. Stat. § 162.675)
Giftedness is ‘asynchronous development’ in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally.
Acceleration can be harmful— particularly socially for gifted learners.
Gifted students don’t need help—they will be fine on their own.
www.nagc.org http://www.mogam.org http://myweb.ecu.edu/housandb/nag201 4/STEAM60IN60.html Inventtolearn.com Gifted Association of Missouri National Association of Gifted Children Brian Housand Invent to learn