Gifted and Talented Tidbits 1

By Lenora Barnes 8/26/15


This week I visited with all of the students and sent home information about our class. Next week I will pick the students up at their scheduled time.


Over the next several weeks we will be focusing on understanding giftedness, successful tips for gifted students, convergent and deductive thinking, logic, digital citizenship, and the Global Cardboard Challenge. In addition to these areas of focus, we will also do STEM challenges, analogies/vocabulary, number puzzles, and multiple other activities involving creativity, critical thinking, and depth and complexity.

Next week I will send home some papers that the students must have their parents sign and return. If the students return the papers prior to my next class, please assist the students by holding those papers for them until they return to my class the following week.


High achievers remember the answers.

High achievers need 6 to 8 repetitions to master something new.

High achievers get A's.

Gifted learners pose unforeseen questions.

Gifted learners need 1 to 3 repetitions to master something new.

Gifted learners may not be motivated by grades.

Kingore, B. (2004)


Myth #1-Gifted Students Don’t Need Help; They’ll Do Fine On Their Own

Would you send a star athlete to train for the Olympics without a coach? Gifted students need guidance from well-trained teachers who challenge and support them in order to fully develop their abilities. Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade-level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement, despondency, or unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher is crucial for spotting and nurturing talents in school. - National Association of Gifted Children

Article - The 6 Gifted Profiles

This is a great article outlining different types of gifted students and recommendations for working with each type of student. Click the link below to read the article.