Gifted and Talented

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					Gifted and Talented

Definitions, Perspectives,
Characteristics,
& Teaching Practices
             Giftedness
 Not covered by IDEA
 Definition includes, “high performance
  capabilities that may require services or
  activities not necessarily provided by the
  school”
 Identified by combination of IQ tests (verbal
  and non-verbal), parent questionnaire,
  standardized test scores, teacher indication,
  specific performance areas, charts/behavior
  scales, special considerations
                       Giftedness
   Traditional View                Emerging View
       Based on tests                  Multiple measures
       School-oriented                 Life-oriented
       Ethnocentric                    Emphasis on service
       Trait theory –                  Trait theory -
        unchangeable                     developmental
       Elitist in orientation          Focus on balance
   Giftedness Characteristics

 General  intellect
 Specific academic ability
 Creative productive thinking
 Leadership ability
 Visual and performing ability
     Giftedness or AD/HD ?
   AD/HD                          Giftedness
       Poorly sustained               Boredom,
        attention                       daydreaming
       Disinterest in tasks           Disinterest in
        with no consequence             irrelevant tasks
       Impulsive                      Poor social judgment
       Power struggles                Power struggles
       High activity                  High activity
       Difficulty with rules          Questions rules
              Giftedness
Causes
---Nature/nurture
  Parent education level and amount of
  experiences before age 3
Prevalence
---IQ scores (top 2-3%)
  125 usually minimum score
---Talent Pool (top 15-20%)
   115 usually minimum score
     Teaching Strategies
 Alternative assessments
 Accelerated instruction
 Content-enriched instruction
 Parallel curriculum
   http://www.nagc.org
      Access this site for a PowerPoint and
      information on gifted education
       Teaching Practices

 Themes   (ie: conflict, relationships)
 Choices (ie: Tic-Tac-Toe Menu)
 Focus on questions and discussion
 Relevance to daily life
 Integration to other curriculum areas
          Instruction

 Acceleration
 Enrichment  – supplemental learning
 Resource Programs – pull-out
 Self-contained
 Cluster grouping
   Instructional Guidelines
 High expectations
 Positive classroom climate
 Enhancing motivation
 Authentic learning tasks
 Promoting inquiry learning
 Teaching thinking skills

				
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