Characteristics Of Gifted Teachers Matthew DavidsonNature/Needs of Gifted Students December 2009
Original Project• My elementary school• Mrs. Baker • 5th grade teacher gifted teacher • 18 students • mostly girls
Back Up Plan• Browse various sources• compile a list of facts and characteristics about Gifted Teachers and their classrooms.
Gifted Teachers high degree of intelligence, intellectual honesty• expertise in a specific intellectual or talent area (mathematics, writing, etc.)• self-directed in own learning, with a love for new, advanced knowledge• equanimity, level-headedness, emotional stability• a genuine interest in, liking of gifted learners• recognition of the importance of intellectual development• strong belief in individual differences and individualization; and• highly developed teaching skills and knowledge.
Student’s Suggestions be patient• have a sense of humor• move quickly through material• treat each student as an individual• avoid being a "sage on the stage" all the time• consistently give "accurate" feedback.
Do Gifted Teachers Need to Be Gifted?• A good teacher is one that understands the students...• They need to consider their pupils emotions and feelings, and make the mood of the classroom a pleasant one, where everyone feels comfortable• A good [teacher] is like a good coach of a football team. A good coach knows the players in his/her team and their capabilities. The coach encourages his team and supports the players. He is the teams role model and that makes the team get to know him• I think understanding makes a good teacher. A teacher that understands where were coming from and treats us all individually. Also, a teacher that actually has a background in the subject and maybe even likes the subject. Not a boring teacher that just reads from the textbook and has no enthusiasm.
Gifted teachers need to be mindful not only of the characteristics ofgifted students but also of the complex mix of intellectual skills andknowledge of appropriate teaching strategies that teachers of gifted students require.
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