What gifted program services does your school offer? Differentiation AIG coordinator collaboration w/ teacher Small group Collaboration big Nurturing in K-2 AIG person w/ teachers for referral Domain specific Nurturing to provide access Pull-out Content Extension Homogeneous grouping Flexible grouping Think lab (visual/spatial) Directing to approp. Teacher
Characteristics: Differences Superior language Verbal fluency Large vocabulary Superior analytical and reasoning ability High-capacity memory Goes beyond what is sought Abstract, complex, and insightful thinking
Asynchronous Development Uneven intellectual, physical, and emotional development.
Asynchronous Development Cognitively understand advanced concepts (like mortality) but lack emotional maturity to cope with knowledge Perceived as older due to cognitive ability, but lack behavioral maturity
Underachievers: Personality Low self-esteem or Low self-efficacy Feelings of Pessimism Anxious, impulsive, or inattentive Aggressive, hostile Depressed Socially immature
Internal Mediators Fear of failure Fear of success Negative attitude toward school Antisocial, rebellious Self-critical or perfectionistic
Not all bad… Demonstrate honesty and integrity when rejecting inappropriate school work Intense outside interests Creative
What about these characteristics? Inability to master certain academic skills Lack of motivation Disruptive classroom behavior Failure to complete assignments Lack of organizational skills Poor listening and concentration skills Unrealistic self-expectations
Twice-Exceptional Gifted with Learning Disability May also demonstrate Learned helplessness Perfectionism Supersensitivity Low self-esteem Behaviors may hamper identification
Look For: Advanced vocabulary use Exceptional analytic abilities High levels of creativity Advanced problem-solving skills Divergent thinking Specific aptitude Good memory Spatial abilities
What differentiates gifted learners from high achievers?
Bright Knows the Answers Gifted Asks the Questions
Bright Is Attentive Gifted Is Intellectually Engaged
Bright Has Good Ideas Gifted Has Original Ideas
Bright Absorbs Information Gifted Manipulates Information
The Question of Equity Equity, the quality of being fair, is not about offering the exact same thing to every student, it is providing individuals with suitable challenges and experiences that will enable them to be successful and grow beyond where they are now or where they have been before.