Gifted and Talented
resources for students who may be Gifted and talented!
The National Association for Gifted Children:
“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system and/or set of sensorimotor skills).”
Maryland State’s definition:
“In this subtitle, "gifted and talented student" means an elementary or secondary student who is
identified by professionally qualified individuals as:
(1) Having outstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing, at
remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of a similar age,
experience, or environment;
(2) Exhibiting high performance capability in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas;
(3) Possessing an unusual leadership capacity; or(4) Excelling in specific academic fields”
Intellectual or Academic:
- learning quickly
- shows curiosity in learning
- solves difficult problems
- has wide variety of interests
- strong verbal skills
- highly motivated by academic tasks
Social or Emotional:
- plays alone or with older people
- critical of self
- mature sense of humor
- experiences great stress from failure
- there are about 3.2 million students in elementary and secondary ed schools in America that are gifted or talented
- the national average of gifted or talented students is 6.7%
- Maryland has an average of 16.1% (each states average varies based on the state definition of gifted and talented)
How does being gifted and talented affect learning?
- schools and teachers do not always know how to accommodate gifted and talents learners.
- if not accommodated, students struggle with: frustration, issues with self esteem, boredom, and laziness
- if properly accommodated students are happy, engaged, overachieving, and determined to succeed.
How to handle in class struggles:
- Give more challenging work in class
- Give student a fidget or other activities they may do when work is completed and they are waiting for remainder of class to complete the work.
- Implement a behavioral chart, either teacher or self regulated, to allow students to check and asses their behavior in the times they are bored.
- overall allow your students to have choices and to have a say in their learning.
If a student is very independent then try:
- tiered assignments, which allows each student to achieve as much as they want or can, it is typically more independent because everyone is doing they're own level of work.
- flexible grouping is also an easy way to give your student as much or as little help as they need, they can work alone or with a couple people.
More tips for teachers:
How to handle at home struggles:
- try to understand why they are struggling
- do not force them or try to make them be friends with people they do not feel connected to.
- keep communication open with child.
- help your child find other students out of school who are on the same level, this allows them to feel more accepted.
- keep your child involved!
More help for parents:
Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. this allows students to be creative and show off information they have learned!
Duolingo is the best way for children to learn a new language because it is fun, interactive, and addictive. The app may be fun but it doesn't lower educational standards. This allows students to access a different type of education they may not have access to but are interested in.
Lumosity helps to train your brain and attention through different games. you can track your success and there is no limit to how far you can train your brain! This could be a good app for gifted students to use in class transitions or just for fun.
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Accommodations and Modification. (n.d.). Retrieved May 3, 2015, from
Challenges faced by gifted learners in class and beyond. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015, from http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/330/challenges-faced-by-gifted-learners-in-school-and-beyond
Common Characteristics of Gifted Individuals. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/my-child-gifted/common-characteristics-gifted-individuals
Discover what your brain can do. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from http://www.lumosity.com/
Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.duolingo.com/
Make great videos. Easily. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://animoto.com/
On Being Gifted.m4v. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVQBXr2l8Zs
Parenting a Gifted Child: Common Dilemmas and Practical Solutions (2-9-2011). (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=777PmTqrp18
Practical Differentiation Strategies to Meet the Needs of Gifted Students, Grades 2-6. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFsPwyErB2w
Regular Classroom PracticesNRC/GT. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2, 2015, from http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/archwest.html
Resources for Parents. (n.d.). Retrieved May 4, 2015, from http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents
Tips for Teachers: Successful strategies for teaching gifted learners. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10075.aspx
What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2, 2015, from http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/gifted-education-practices/what-it-means-teach-gifted-learners-well
What students need. (n.d.). Retrieved May 4, 2015, from http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/tag/What_Do_Students_Need-Ch_6_Diane_Heacox-foundation_secondary.pdf