2 Eligibility / Qualifications National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”Cherokee County AssessmentMental Ability - CogATAchievement - ITBSMotivation – Interviews, ProductsCreativity – Torrance Test of Creativity
3 Gifted Delivery Models Purpose according to GA SBOE Rule :To provide gifted students with differentiated instruction that is based on content and pacing that are clearly not appropriate for more typical students at that grade level. The content of all gifted education curricula should be advanced for that grade level.CCSD Advanced Academic Program Options: Provided by gifted endorsed teachersGrades K-5Cluster Grouping: Differentiated instruction, flexible grouping allow highly motivated and/or high achieving eligible students to participate in advanced curriculum opportunities with a small group 5 – 8 students.Resource Class (AIM): Gifted eligible students meet one day per week in resource class. Curriculum is built upon an academic content foundation, focused on interdisciplinary enrichment.Grades 6 – 8Advanced Content Classes: middle school students who meet gifted eligibility may be served in Advanced Content Classes in the areas of Language Arts, Literature, Math, Science and Social Studies.
4 ConcernsInstructional Coordination:Perfectionism: “… allow their strong desire for excellent achievement to develop into unhealthy perfectionism, which can be paralyzing and cause a child to become overwhelmed with concern about making a mistake, or not being the best.”Underachievement: “…the unanticipated difference between accomplishment and aptitude.”Organization Skills: Many factors may cause the disorganization that is contributing to your child’s achievement problems.
5 More ConcernsPeer Relationships / Social Skills / Bullies “Gifted children will have moments when they are unavoidably “out of step” with age mates.Twice-Exceptional (Gifted with Special Needs) “Gifted children, with their high potential and abilities, may also have learning problems that act as a roadblock for the development of their gifts.” How can a child have an amazing memory for airplane trivia but not be able to test well on basic multiplication facts?”
6 Resources for ParentsNational Association for Gifted ChildrenGAGC: The Georgia Association for Gifted ChildrenPerfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good? by Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D and Jan GoldbergThe Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith, M.A.Publishers of many gifted resources:Prufrock PressFree Spirit Press
7 AIM Curriculum GoalsSet by CCSD and specified on the Advanced Academics Curriculum Maps.Goal 1: Advanced Communication Skills, Affective (Social and Emotional): Class Meetings and Group Discussions, Multiple IntelligencesGoal 2: Advanced Research Skills: Unit Study and TechnologyGoal 3: Creative Problem Solving Skills: Higher Level Math, Logic, Analogies, Puzzles, Brain-Teasers .Goal 4: Higher Order Critical Thinking Skills: Junior Great Books, Realistic Problem Scenarios.
8 Determiners for Advanced Content Classes (middle school) Fifth Grade teachers and Administrators compile data on each student including but not limited to:Gifted Eligibility statusGrades in specific subjectsStandardized test scores