Intro to Teaching the Gifted


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Intro to Teaching the Gifted

  1. 1. The Gifted Child By Kyla Kiburis Final Project Intro to Teaching the Gifted
  2. 2. The Gifted Child  I was not born gifted like many people think. I have developed talents that have exceeded average students my age.  Please challenge the gifted myths and provide me with the emotional support and creative learning environments where I can thrive and reach my full potential.
  3. 3. My Feet  While everyone takes small steps through their development, I take giant leaps. I reach the finish line early and can’t wait to run the next race.
  4. 4. My Legs  My learning is a hike and I am a passionate ranger. I often take the complex path and can many times find a better way. I am always curious and I ask endless questions that lead me in new directions.
  5. 5. My Digestive System  I thrive on challenging curriculum just as my body craves healthy food. I digest information quickly and dislike repetition.
  6. 6. My Elbow  Just as a joint in my elbow needs cooperation from the muscular and skeletal systems; to reach my full potential, I need time to have cooperative learning opportunities with other gifted students.
  7. 7. My Arm  My arms are my defense ready to protect me. Like my arms, I often resist doing the work that is assigned. Sometimes I choose to complete my work in a carefree sloppy way. I rebel against the routine and predictability. I resist taking directives.
  8. 8. My Hands  I am super sensitive. I can receive even a touch of criticism and become very upset. I need my parents and my teachers to handle me with care.
  9. 9. My Mouth  My mouth is a leaky levee; amazing words spilling out. Sometimes I can’t be stopped and I dominate discussions.  Jokes slip through and I am the class comedian, but it is just my sophisticated sense of humor with a taste of my immaturity leaking out. Remember, I am just trying to fit in.
  10. 10. My Ear  My ears are my radar searching for abstract and obscure ideas. I overflow with my ideas. I have so many ideas that many of them never get developed. I am an idea generator.
  11. 11. My Eyes  My eyes are spotlights searching out unusual and diverse relationships. I have a hard time moving my spotlight until I am done searching. Many times my teacher thinks I am off topic but really I am just needing a few minutes more for my detailed hunt for knowledge.
  12. 12. My Muscles  My thought process is my muscle, flexible and ready to be worked. Although it looks like I am disrespectful when I want to do it a different way I am really trying to work my muscles.
  13. 13. My Heart  My heart is bursting with emotion and passion. Please let me pursue my passions. Remember that I don’t have to be “perfectly well rounded”. Don’t forget that I worry about disappointing you. I feel like I have to be perfect in your eyes.
  14. 14. My Brain  My brain is a full length movie and I can’t stop watching. My daydreams take over my body. When school is not challenging I escape to my movie in surround sound.
  15. 15. My Nerves  I infer and connect concepts just as my nerve cells instantly transmit feeling and actions. I often make mental leaps that my peers can’t.
  16. 16. The Gifted Child  Support me by being respectful of my unusual questions and listen to my ideas. Show me you value me. Don’t discourage my curiosity because you think it is silly.  I need a special educational program. Don’t think that I will just pick up what I need in the regular classroom. Don’t only focus on No Child Left Behind, or I will be lost.
  17. 17. Resources Used:  Growing Up Gifted by Barbara Clark  Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom by Susan Winebrenner  High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker by Bertie Kingore, Ph.D.  Fostering Academic Creativity in Gifted Students by Paul E. Torrance and Kathy Goff  Competing with Myths about Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students by Tracy L. Cross found at  99 Important Topics about the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted an interview with Carol McGaughey found at    - Article by Stephanie Tolan