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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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