Gifted & Talented News

GT Mythbusters!

1. Gifted students can do fine in school independently. This myth is one of the most common to believe in today's schools. With the many needs present in our classrooms, it is each to believe that gifted students can learn independently. Rather, it is important for teachers to challenge gifted students every day and present content in unique ways so they do not become bored and uninterested in school.

2. Gifted students are gifted in every subject. It is rare for a student to be gifted in all subjects. Most students will be gifted in one to a few areas. This means it is imperative that teachers do not just label the student as "gifted" and assume he/she can work independently. The student may need assistance just like many other students in a certain subject. Differentiation by subject will be necessary, just as for any other student.

3. Gifted students are good role models for other students. While gifted students may be good role models in leadership and social skills, students are usually intimidated by gifted students rather than encouraged by their abilities. Students learn much more from other students that are closer to their ability level than students that are always succeeding academically.

Still Wondering...

1. How can I find a balance of challenging my gifted students while also giving them the freedom to work independently in my classroom?

2. How can I encourage gifted students in my classroom that seem distraught in the subjects in which they are not gifted?

What I Can Do Now!

With what I have learned so far, I know that it is my job to differentiate for my GT learners while they are in my classroom. I have two identified GT learners, and it has been so fun learning what they need and how they learn. I teach math and science, and only one of my students is gifted in mathematics. The other student is gifted in creative writing. This week I am planning a way to challenge my mathematically gifted student by providing her with new ways to represent her learning. I also hope to incorporate writing into my other student's mathematics curriculum so that she may use her strengths in mathematics. For example, "Write a creative story about two three-digit numbers, explaining how they have come together to make a new number using addition. Be sure to include how they are combined to make the new number."