Who are gifted children?How can we meet their needs? Presentation by Falisa Beffa
Gifted Characteristics• Most of us are aware that gifted students are identified because they are highly intelligent.• We assume this should correlate with high achievement.• However, sometimes this is not the case.• Let’s examine why…
With current legislation, school districts andteachers tend to focus on the students who arebehind, taking comfort in the fact that the advancedstudents will be able to make it on their own.Unfortunately, there are two things wrong with thisway of thinking.Gifted students need guidance just as much as theaverage and struggling students do. Also, this is adisservice to the gifted student. EVERY studentdeserves to learn something new EVERY day and tobe challenged to achieve his or her full potential.
Gifted Characteristics & Needs• Extreme Intensity• Need Choice• Disorganization & Sometimes Lack of Motivation• Challenge Authority• Sense of Humor (may be considered odd)• Think Logically• Perfectionism & Fear of Failure• Need to Create• Need to be Challenged• Are All Different
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: Ahuman creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. Tothem... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is atragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god,and failure is death.Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpoweringnecessity to create, create, create -- so that without thecreating of music or poetry or books or buildings or somethingof meaning, their very breath is cut off...They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange,unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless theyare creating. --Pearl Buck
Differentiate• Content – If a gifted student (or any student for that matter) already knows the content, let them move on – Pretesting can help determine this• Process – Tasks for gifted students should be DOK level 3 & 4 (LET THEM CREATE!) – Give them choice – Consider learning styles & multiple intelligences – Gifted students appreciate and relate to real-world experiences• Product
Your Task• Get with your PLC or the other teacher(s) who teach what you do• Consider what you have learned about the characteristics and needs of the gifted learner• Use the handouts and examples of differentiation strategies and materials to create an activity to be used in an upcoming unit.• Focus on DOK levels 3&4• Choose a product gifted students can create• Try to relate it to a real-world topic or task• How can you incorporate technology?