and Talented is a phrase used to describe
high ability children. The gifted are those with
high ability in one or more academic
subjects, and the talented are those with high
ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or
Myths of Gifted
We do not need a gifted class in our school because our
teachers challenge our students in the same way as a gifted
Myth vs. Reality
Gifted students do not need to be in
a gifted classroom.
Students must have a high IQ to be
Children that have disabilities
cannot be gifted.
It is important that students are in a
class with their peers. That they are
challenged not only by the teacher
but also by the other students in
Students can be gifted not only in an
academic area but also in an artistic
or athletic area. This is usually
referred to as talented.
Children that have a disability are
referred to as twice-exceptional.
They are usually not recognized as
gifted and are left struggling in a
Myth vs. Reality
Gifted Students do not need extra
Gifted students believe they are
better than general education
students and do not play well with
Children that are gifted support from
teachers to help them develop their
Gifted students are usually above
grade level and usually have an
easier time talking to peers that are
on their own levels.
children are gifted children of above
average abilities who have special
educational needs - AD/HD, learning
disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, etc.
Because their giftedness can mask their
special needs and their special needs can
hide their giftedness, they are often
labeled as "lazy" and "unmotivated".
Common Attributes of Gifted
Frustration with school and teachers
Unrealistic self expectations
Lack of organization
Lack of study skills
Approaches for teachers
Focus on their gifts and talents
Tutor and mentor
Allow for needed technology
Teach organizational skills
Allow for open-ended projects where they can show their talents
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