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    • Students with Gifts and Talents Presented by: Jennifer Whitworth
    • What does “gifted” mean?
      • Someone who shows evidence of high capability in areas such as in:
      • One or more of Gardner’s Seven Multiple Intelligences
      • Leadership capabilities
      • Creativity or artistic abilities
      • Problem-solving and problem-thinking
    • Who are the “gifted” in our classrooms?
      • Caucasian children
      • Asian American children
      • African American
      • Native American
      • Hispanic children
    • How are the students “gifted”?
      • Nurture vs. Nature
      • Hereditary; genetics
      • Environment- a huge factor in the child reaching their full potential or not.
      • We can’t forget about the kids who may be gifted in some way, but do not receive that extra encouragement at home.
    • What are the characteristics?
      • Extremely curious intellectually
      • Well-organized behavior and thinking
      • High aptitude for critical thinking
      • Keen sense of humor
      • Willingness to explore the unusual
      • Loves reading
      • Self-motivated
      • Enjoys challenges
    • Take a second look at these characteristics
      • Refuses to simply accept what an authority says
      • Needs freedom of movement and action
      • Boundless sense of energy; high energy level
      • Very expressive
      • Quickly bored in classroom designed for average children
    • How Many Gifted Children Are There in the U.S.?
      • The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) estimates that there are 3 million in K-12, which is about 6% of the student population.
    • Do We Test Students We Believe are Gifted?
      • According to the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented
      • Screening and identification
      • Clear statement of what program is to offer and include
      • List measurable objectives
      • Send to Dept. of Ed. for review
      • Remains for three years unless amendment is necessary.
    • Do Programs for Gifted Children Receive Funding?
      • The federal government does not provide funding to schools.
      • Funding comes from our Congress through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.
    • Funding?
      • Javits then funds the national Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.
      • The funding is used to identify the under-represented gifted students from culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
    • True or False?
      • Gifted students do not need help; they will do fine on their own.
      • False: Would you send a star athlete to the Olympics without a Coach? No! Gifted kid’s need our guidance too!
    • True or False?
      • Skipping grades, acceleration options, or early exits can be socially harmful to a gifted student.
    • False
      • Gifted students often feel bored or out of place with classmates. They tend to naturally establish friendships with older kids anyway.
      • “ I am glad I skipped the fifth grade. I was already friends with older students and I would have been bored if I stayed with my own class.”
    • True or False?
      • This child is in Special Education, so there is no way he/she can be gifted too.
    • False
      • Some of the gifted students do have other learning disabilities. Their LD’s are often “masked” by their gifts making them appear “average” to their teacher.
    • How Do We Accommodate in Our Lesson Plans for Our Gifted Students?
      • Plan ahead- If the student finishes their work early, have another activity that takes your lesson/concept a step further.
      • Personal Research- Allow the child to work on a topic of personal interest.
      • Allow the students to work in groups- here they feel like they belong and are not being singled out.
    • Our Role
      • Identify the students with gifts and help them to soar!!
      • Include in our lesson planning the next step up in critical thinking
      • Let the student know you care and their progress is just as important. (Don’t take them for granted)
    • What Else Can We Do for Them?
      • Encourage their creativity when they ask the “unusual” questions
      • Allow them to tutor other students, but not all the time (they are not our assistants)
      • Do not give them busy work!!
    • Just a Couple of Ideas
      • Jeopardy- the computer game version
      • Have on hand critical-thinking problems that deal with real life situations. (I got a couple from edHelper.com)
      • Gifted Books, Gifted Readers
      • Create internships, interest groups
    • Works Cited
        • Colangelo, N., & Davis, G. (1991). Handbook of Gifted Education . Needingham Heights, Mass: Simon & Schuster.
      • Ford, D., & Harris, J. (1999). Multicultural gifted education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
        • Maker, C., & Nielson, A. (1996). Curriculum development and teaching strategies for gifted learners. Austin, Texas: pro-ed.
        • McCluskey, K., & Walker, K. (not given). The doubtful gift. Kingston, Canada: Ronald P. Frye & Company.
        • National Association for Gifted Children. (2005). Frequently asked
      • questions. Retrieved January 31, 2007, from http://www.nagc.org
        • National Association for Gifted Children. (2005). 10 common gifted education myths. Retrieved January 31, 2007, from http://www.nagc.org
        • National Association for Gifted Children. (1992). Challenging gifted students in the regular classroom. Retrieved January 29, 2007, from http:// www.nagc.org
        • Pierangelo, R., & Giuliani, G. (2001). What every teacher should know about students with special needs: Promoting success in the classroom. Champaign, IL: Research Press.
        • Polette, N. (2000). Gifted books, gifted readers: literature activities to excite young minds. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.