Gifted and Talented
Description of Exceptionality
- Students that are gifted and talented "possess demonstrated or potential high performance capability in intellectual, creative, specific academic and leadership areas," (Friend, 2015, pg 251.)
- Gifted and talented students vary across the U.S.
- 6% of students are considered gifted and talented
Two Factors for Identifying Gifted and Talented
- "Measured Intelligence"
Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students
- Insatiable curiosity
- Keen memory
- Able to concentrate very well
- Display a wide variety of interests
- Have high levels of language development and verbal ability
- Ability to generate original ideas
- Advanced ability to comprehend information with flexible thought processes
- Heightened ability to relate back to other ideas
- Able to use conceptual frameworks
- Uncommon sensitivity for others feelings
- Very developed emotional depth and intensity
- Keen sense of humor
- Sense of justice
- Set high standards for themselves and become frustrated if they do not meet them
Strategies for Teaching Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
- Curriculum compacting- Eliminate instruction on goals already met. Extra time invested in special interests.
- Acceleration -Skip a grade or complete standards for two grades at once.
- Enrichment- Provide student with materials that allow them to elaborate on concepts being presented in the curriculum.
- Differentiation- Give students different goals so that they reach their full potential.
- Individualized interventions- For those who come from a environment where high achieving is not valued. Find mentors for the students that come from similar backgrounds to motivate students to do their best.