Some Characteristics of Gifted
Gets excitement from intellectual challenge
Have an intense awareness of the world’s
Have an advanced vocabulary (may be an avid
Has difficulty focusing on or finishing
assignments; may seem disorganized
Is sensitive, empathetic, and emotional
Gets bored and frustrated, wants to move on
quickly to more interesting work
Shows outstanding responsibility and
Shows superior reasoning powers and can see
subtle relationships, abstract thinker
Shows persistent intellectual curiosity
Develops one or more interests to considerable
Observes keenly; is responsive to new ideas
Learns quickly and easily and retains what is
Shows creative ability or imaginative expression
Is self-critical, a perfectionist
Communicates easily with adults (not always
What do you notice?
Does anything surprise you?
Depth & Complexity Icons
Based upon the work of Sandra Kaplan, USC
We promote higher order thinking skills through…
• Critical thinking practice
• Creative thinking practice
• Problem solving
• Use of technology
• Affective thinking activities
• Taking on leadership roles
Our goal is to develop each child’s
cognitive ability through activities based
on four types of thinking:
(looking for the interrelationships between
clues and recognizing flaws in reasoning)
(listing many responses and looking for ideas
that are original and off-beat)
(focusing on memory and mental
manipulation of images)
(looking for more than one viewpoint,
understanding criteria, and offering a solution based on valid
1st –Exploring Differences
Discoveries: Me, World
Natural Structures (Biomimicry)/Manmade
Students that qualify for GT K-2 will remain
in GT each year until the end of 2nd grade.
GT Class Schedule
1st Grade: Monday mornings
2nd Grade: Monday afternoons
5th Grade: Tuesday
4th Grade: Wednesday
3rd Grade: Thursday
Kindergarten: Friday morning
All grades have their normal
Students that qualify for the GT (K-2) program
remain in the program until the end of second
Students must be re-assessed at the beginning of third
grade for the GT (3-5) program.
Classroom performance, test scores, and reading averages
are used to screen for testing.
Discovery, and Structures
•Depth and Complexity
•Student Report Cards
(2nd Grade only)
May (1st and 2nd)
Feed that hungry mind. (Museums, Libraries)
Be a learner yourself.
Keep track of your child’s school performance and progress.
Encourage and support your child’s creativity.
Respond to your child’s questions.
Create a safe environment for failure. Give them permission to
make some mistakes and learn from them.
Praise your child for taking risks, even when things don’t turn out
the way he/she planned. Look for science, art, or music classes in
Help your child find a mentor—a caring adult or teenager who
will guide and encourage him.
Tell them specific things you like and admire about him/her. Go
beyond school performance.
Treat your GT child with respect by listening to them.
Pay attention to your child’s passions. Support and encourage.
Help your child find balance in life