I'm Not Weird, I'm GIFTED!

What It Means To Teach Gifted Learners Well...

Gifted students are enthusiastic, engaged and enjoy everything about school, right?

FALSE! While many gifted youngsters are enthusiastic about school, others are bored and some drop out. Being gifted certainly doesn't relate to high levels of engagement, enjoyment or fulfillment for gifted students.


Take a peek at the information below and make a commitment in our classrooms to get ALL students feeling ENTHUSED, actively ENGAGED AND have them ENJOY learning !!!

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THEN WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TEACH GIFTED STUDENTS?

It all depends on how each student learns best! Teachers need to be sure they understand the abilities, needs, intelligences and learning styles of ALL students. Gifted students usually show advanced intellectual ability, abundant creativity and heightened emotions and sensitivities and as teachers, we must know how to keep our students on track.

SOME PROVEN APPROACHES TO TEACHING GIFTED LEARNERS:

Acceleration: This could mean moving the student ahead to a higher grade level in some subject content or skipping one or more grades when necessary. According to co-founder of the International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, acceleration is the best documented of any education strategy for gifted learners.


Compacting: This idea incorporates a pretest to evaluate a student's knowledge on subject matter. This is highly recommended for teachers to use in order to plan accordingly.


Ability Grouping: This strategy is based on grouping students based on academic ability. This promotes equal opportunity for all individuals as well as matching appropriate activities with knowledge.


Enrichment: This instructional strategy is based on opportunities to go deeper and wider into the curriculum. Students might be given more complex tasks and be asked different types of questions to get them thinking critically.

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INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY SUGGESTIONS:


  • Early Entrance
  • Concurrent/Dual Enrollments
  • Subject Acceleration
  • Continuous Progress Curriculum (Flexible Pacing)


  • Tiered Assignments
  • Learning Contracts
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning


  • Interest Centers
  • Independent Study
  • Academic Competitions
  • Mentorships
  • Field Trips


Why gifted may not be what you think: Michelle Barmazel at TEDxHGSE