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3 Perspectives that Fail Gifted Students

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This presentation was given at Heidelberg University as a part of the Educational Summit in March 2016.

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3 Perspectives that Fail Gifted Students

  1. 1. 3 PERSPECTIVES THAT FAIL GIFTED STUDENTS And What You Can Do About It Lisa DaVia Rubenstein, Ph.D. Ball State University Heidelberg University Education Summit March 24, 2016
  2. 2. PRESENTATION:
  3. 3. 3 POSSIBLE FAILS Everyone is gifted. Gifted students will be successful on their own. “A” gifted program is sufficient.
  4. 4. EVERYONE IS GIFTED. v. Everyone has gifts. #1
  5. 5. NO ONE IS GIFTED?
  6. 6. The Three Little Bears Picture adapted from A Bear Story
  7. 7. WHO IS GIFTED?
  8. 8. WHO IS GIFTED? WHO IS A HEIDELBERG STUDENT?
  9. 9. WHO IS GIFTED? WHO IS A HEIDELBERG STUDENT? Male (52%), Non-Diverse (74%), Lives on Campus (84%), Participates in Extracurriculars (92%)
  10. 10. Gifted Characteristic Lists...
  11. 11. WHO IS GIFTED? Cognitive Characteristics: Learns at a faster pace and processes at a deeper level Affective Characteristics: May demonstrate asynchronous development, underachievement, empathy/social justice/sensitivities, and perfectionism
  12. 12. EVERYONE IS GIFTED. Recognize when students have needs that are not being met. (e.g., pre-assess, examine assessment scores, observe) Recognize a variety of degrees and domains of giftedness. Construct learning opportunities specific for those needs. (not more...next...) v. Everyone has gifts. #1 What you can do:
  13. 13. Graph Me Reading Math Board Games Sewing Running Building Dancing Everyone has gifts.
  14. 14. 78th How do you know?
  15. 15. Tier 1 1. What is the 5th letter? 2. What is the 10th letter? 3. What is the 15th letter? 4. What pattern do you see? Tier 2 Consider the name Dustin. Would the 19th letter be a D? Explain. Tier 3 Use the name “Sarah”.
  16. 16. YET...DIFFERENTIATION IS CHALLENGING
  17. 17. Spoiler Alert
  18. 18. ? Need Ideas? 101 questions or Dan Meyer Blog
  19. 19. Quick Strategy: Be less helpful. ✤ Think about all the scaffolding you provide. ✤ Take that scaffolding away. ✤ Provide it if they need it.
  20. 20. Hint Cards
  21. 21. Challenge Cards
  22. 22. HOW WAS ____ DISCOVERED/ DEVELOPED? CAN WE REPLICATE IN THE CLASSROOM?
  23. 23. Same “Question” Method Write as many questions as possible that can be answered using this picture. 24
  24. 24. Design a story to accompany this graph. Would another story work? What is common among stories?
  25. 25. WHAT CAN BE DEBATED?
  26. 26. Was this a good idea?
  27. 27. GIFTED STUDENTS WILL BE SUCCESSFUL ON THEIR OWN. Potential for dropping out Lack of failure opportunities Lack of self-actualization Excellence Gap (next...) #2 Without a challenging education:
  28. 28. TALENT ON THE SIDELINES Research Report
  29. 29. CONCLUSIONS? America emphasizes minimum achievement gaps, not excellence achievement gaps. Some students are making more progress than others.
  30. 30. GIFTED STUDENTS WILL BE SUCCESSFUL ON THEIR OWN. Consider students’ cultural backgrounds and SES. Again, recognize gifted students. Provide opportunities for growth. Provide support systems, including opportunities to work with intellectual peers and access to counselors. Advocate for special services. Would acceleration be appropriate? #2 What you can do:
  31. 31. ALL STUDENTS DESERVE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.
  32. 32. “A” GIFTED PROGRAM IS SUFFICIENT. #3
  33. 33. “A” GIFTED CHILD?
  34. 34. BECAUSE THERE IS NOT “A” GIFTED CHILD... THERE SHOULD NOT BE “A” GIFTED PROGRAM
  35. 35. THERAPEUTIC DOSE (Gallagher)
  36. 36. “A” GIFTED PROGRAM IS SUFFICIENT. Carefully match a student’s needs (degree and domain) with the appropriate service. Ensure the program provides a therapeutic dosage (effective). Provide a continuum of services. Dedicate sufficient resources. (next...) #3 What you can do:
  37. 37. From Provo, Utah
  38. 38. 3 POSSIBLE FAILS Everyone is gifted. Gifted students will be successful on their own. “A” gifted program is sufficient.
  39. 39. I N T E R E S T E D I N F U T U R E S T U D I E S ? Join us at Ball State! Questions? lmrubenstein@bsu.edu

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