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					        Gifted?
Identifying Gifted Students in the
       Regular Classroom
Think you know who’s gifted?
• Einstein was 4 years    • A newspaper editor
  old before he could       fired Walt Disney
  speak and 7 before he     because he had “no
  could read.               good ideas.”
• Thomas Edison’s         • Louis Pasteur was
  teachers told him he      rated mediocre in
  was “too stupid to        chemistry in college.
  learn anything.”
 Isn’t gifted just another
name for a good student,
    a bright child, or a
     teacher pleaser?
NO!
  How do you tell the
 difference between a
bright child and a gifted
         child?
              Bright vs....Gifted
• Bright children learn    • Gifted children have
  new vocabulary easily      extensive vocabularies
  but use words that are     and often choose words
  age appropriate. They      that are age-advanced.
  tend to take turns in      They understand
  conversation.              nuances other children
                             don’t and often
                             dominate conversation.
             Bright vs.. Gifted
• Bright children            • Gifted children dislike
  understand classroom         rote learning and drills
  presentations and            because they master
  benefit from drills that     what they’ve learned
  help them cement             very quickly.
                               Sometimes they don’t
  skills and concepts,
                               follow directions
  follow directions            because they see
  readily, and are             different ways of
  somewhat patient with        solving problems.
  rote learning.
            Bright vs... Gifted
• Bright children are       • Gifted children are
  energetic, curious, and     voraciously curious,
  ask a lot of questions,     often about many
  sometimes asking the        topics, wanting every
  same question more          detail about areas of
  than once.                  interest.
           Bright vs... Gifted
• Bright children          • Gifted children may
  generally stay on-task     become deeply
  and are able to            involved in all aspects
  complete projects by a     of a project and may
  deadline.                  not finish assignments
                             and projects by a
                             deadline.
            Bright vs... Gifted
• Bright children show    • Gifted children are
  emotion but are           often emotional,
  generally able to get     passionate, and deeply
  past an upset and         empathetic. Their
  explain why they are      emotions may get in
  angry, hurt, or           the way of other areas
  perturbed.                of thought or work.
            Bright vs... Gifted
• Bright children share    • Gifted children usually
  interests with peers       have high self-esteem,
  and fit in at school;      but sometimes feel
  they generally believe     different from their
                             peers. They worry that
  others like them.          they’ll never fit in and
                             so may develop low
                             self-esteem, even in the
                             face of high
                             achievement.
            Bright vs... Gifted
Bright children:           Gifted children:
-know the answers          -ask the questions
-have good ideas           -have wild, silly ideas
-work hard                 -play around, yet test well
-are in the top group      -function beyond the group
-require 6-8 repetitions   -require only 1-2 repetitions
   for mastery                for mastery
           Bright vs... Gifted
Bright children:        Gifted children:
-enjoy peers            -enjoy adults
-complete assignments   -initiate projects
-follow the plan        -create the plan
-are pleased with own   -are highly self-critical
   learning                and tend to be
                           perfectionists
 Characteristics of Gifted Students
• Are extremely curious
• Know a little about many things but may not
  have depth in any one area
• Are often a challenge to teachers because of
  questions and contributions to class
• Learn rapidly and easily
• Are often frustrated with lack of activity or
  assignments outside their interest
Characteristics of Gifted Students
•   Are creative and inventive
•   Have off the wall ideas and comments
•   Have high verbal ability
•   Are able to talk around problems and their
    lack of knowledge
Characteristics of Gifted Students
• Have a good sense of humor
• Often use humor at the wrong time, can be
  sarcastic and can distract others
• Have a wide variety of interests
• May be involved in so much that they
  become overextended
• May be very disorganized.
          Bottom Line
  Gifted Students can be great
   students whom any teacher
 would love to teach. They are
enthusiastic and willing to learn.
   However, they can also be
 disruptive, challenging toward
     authority, and eccentric.
Do you recognize any
 of your students in
 this presentation?
   If you do, please refer those
 students using the referral forms
found in a folder in your school’s
           front office.
How does the referral
  process work?
          Referral & Evaluation Process
1.   Referral: Gather Information-The classroom teacher gathers information and begins a
     referral packet for student nominations.
           Complete the Gifted Referral Form and the Student Talent Survey. On the survey, you will
     circle characteristics exhibited by the child and provide the most recent test data. You may support
     your referrals with a description of differentiation already taking place to meet the advanced
     learning needs of the students and/or provide work samples that illustrate original, original, or
     independent work representing the child’s unique talents accompanied with teacher commentary to
     describe the basis of the work.

2.   The Gifted Eligibility Team (GET) meets with the nominating teacher who will serve as
     the child’s advocate throughout the process.
     The GET consists of a school level panel of five members, consisting of:
     •    an administrator,
     •    the child’s classroom teacher,
     •    a gifted education teacher, and
     •    two other members selected by the principal.
     Nominations will be carefully reviewed by the team who will continue the evaluation process to
         determine a recommendation of further formal testing or the continuation of meeting the
         student’s needs in the classroom setting.
Referral & Evaluation Process
(continued)
3. Formal Evaluation: Administer Assessment Measures
   and Compile Results in the following data categories:
  a. Mental Ability
  b. Achievement
  c. Creativity
  d. Motivation
4. Determination of Eligibility
5. Notification of Placement or Curriculum Adaptations
February is gifted referral month. If
  you believe that you are teaching
  gifted students who have not yet
 been identified, observe them using
the Student Talent Survey form as a
guideline. If you have any questions
or concerns, please talk to any gifted
program teacher or check the county
    website for forms, links, and
             information.
Discovery Teachers

      Jeannie Collins
       Jane Kitchens
     Stacey McLaurin

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

				
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