Gifted Students

 Gifted Students 

 

Who is the gifted student? How is he or she assessed and identified? What are the implications of being "gifted"? What are their options?

*These questions and more can be answered through this website! Follow the below links, watch the attacted videos and interviews, and view the prezi for insight in the world of Gifted Education!

                                                

 

     
    

 

 

 

 

What defines a gifted-talented student ?

Gifted-talented students are those who exhibit evidence of high performing capabilities in areas such as intellect, creativity, the arts,  leadership, and/ or academics. These students require services or activities in order to fully develop their capabilities. Giftedness can be genetically based, or psychosocially based.


 

Often times, gifted students can be misunderstood and left-out.

Following this poem written by an eight year old high school student,  

are several links presenting the various options gifted students have.

 

                                                                          Thirteen Days of Radical Acceleration 

To the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas"

On the first day of high school my classmates said to me, "How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the second day of high school my classmates said to me, "How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the third day of high school my classmates said to me, "Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the fourth day of high school my classmates said to me, "What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the fifth day of high school my classmates said to me, "YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the sixth day of high school my classmates said to me, " Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the seventh day of high school my classmates said to me, "How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the eighth day of high school my classmates said to me, "How can you do calculus? How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the ninth day of high school my classmates said to me, "Don't you miss your playmates? How can you do calculus? How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the tenth day of high school my classmates said to me, "How could you skip six grades? Don't you miss your playmates? How can you do calculus? How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the eleventh day of high school my classmates said to me, "How will you take P.E.? How could you skip six grades? Don't you miss your playmates? How can you do calculus? How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?"

On the twelfth day of high school my classmates said to me, "Are you a grown-up midget? How will you take P.E.? How could you skip six grades? Don't you miss your playmates? How can you do calculus? How'd you program that computer? Why are you reading physics? YOU ARE SO STRANGE!!! What is your IQ? Why are you here? How old are you? How can you be in high school when you're so young?" 

On the thirteenth day of high school, I finally replied, "I'm not a grown-up midget, don't care if I take P. E., I skipped 'cause it was boring, don't miss any playmates, calculus is easy, programming's easy also, physics books are fun, I AM NOT STRANGE! My IQ's not your business, I'm here because I should be, I am eight years old; I'm in high school 'cause this is where I belong."

*Originally published in Highly Gifted Children, the newsletter of The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children, Winter 1999, Volume XII Number 3


Options for Gifted and Talented Students: 

  •  Grade Acceleration: Also referred to as grade-skipping, grade acceleration involves moving a student into a higher grade classroom. The student then particpates in all the same activities as his or her peers, even though there is an age difference.
  • Subject Acceleration: Students can be particurally advanced in one or two subject areas. In this case, it is often times successful to progress the student onto the next grade level in those specific subject areas rather than accelerating them completely. 
  • Ability Grouping: This method involves grouping gifted students together. This idea is often rejected because it conflicts with the idea of mainstreaming; however if ability grouping creates the students least restrictive enviornment, then this program should be successful. 
  • Special Education Processes: In some cases it may be advisable to develop and IEP for the gifted child. An IEP would create an interdisciplinary team and detailed instruction to help keep the child on the correct educational track. 
  • Extracurricular Activities: Talent searches; state programs; contests and competitions; and other gifted programming can help to keep the students focused and stimulated outside of the classroom. 
  • Home-schooling: When a school system and its' extracurricular activities fail to meet the needs of the child, home schooling or online schooling may become viable options. However, when home-schooled it is important that the gifted child remain socially stimulated by peers that are his or her age. 

 


 

To view more information on Gifted Education, view the following presentation

Gifted Education Prezi Presentation


Timeline of Gifted Education:

1950 1972 1990 Today
Sputnik launch- causing eduators to focus on gifted students.  Marland Report is publish- expressing detrimental effects of gifted education.  National Excellence-Gifted students in the United States continue to be outperformed by other nations.  Third Grade Reading Guarantee-Putting focus on struggling students, pushing focus away from gifted students. 

*For in depth coverage of this timeline- view the prezi posted above. 


 Additional Resources: 

  http://www.eduguide.org/library/viewarticle/49

This web article deals with how to use social strategies to relieve some of the stress that a gifted child may experience.

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org

Hoagies Gifted Education page has resources for parents, teachers, and students to enrich the gifted child's education.

http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/What_is_Gifted/learned.htm

The Gifted Development Center has been "embracing giftedness" for over 30 years. They have assessed over 5,600 children during that time period and have learned a lot about them.

http://www.nagc.org/welcomeparents.aspx

The National Association for Gifted Children provides parents with plenty of resources such as summer camps and programs along with education materials.

http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/

This blog is published by a mother, teacher, and educational consultant who shares her experiences with gifted children. The site includes testimonials from gifted students and their educational experiences.

http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/50-essential-links-for...

This web source gives 50 of the top online resources for parents of gifted children.

 

 

 

 

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