Gifted and Talented Tidbits 3

by Lenora Barnes 9/11/15


This week we learned about the depth and complexity icon, rules. We discussed many types of rules including rules of our families, school, society, nature, and cultures. We identified the rules in different situations and scenarios. The students were then challenged to solve a given problem by creating a game using only two plastic cups, two clothes pins, a rubber band, a piece of string, chopsticks, and a ping pong ball. They were also required to write a set of rules for the game. Complexity was added to the task by requiring them to use all of the objects to solve the problem in a short amount of time. Once the time was up, the students rotated groups and played, or attempted to play the game following the other group's rules. At the end of the activity we had a group discussion about the process and their discoveries. We also completed two additional activities involving divergent and critical thinking.


Next week we will begin to plan for our Global Cardboard challenge by learning about the challenge, discussing possible charities to support, and begin the design process. More details will be posted at a later date.

If you are interested in learning more about the Global Cardboard Challenge, check out this link.

September 15 - 6:00 PM - Parent Night - This is for the parents of current GT students.
September 17 - 6:00 PM - GT Parent Awareness Night -This is for parents interested in referring their child for GT evaluation.
Reminder- We will not have class during the week of September 21 - 24 due to my involvement in the scoring of the GT screeners.


High achievers are interested.

High achievers are technicians with expertise in a field.

High achievers are highly alert and observant.

Gifted learners are curious.

Gifted learners are experts that abstract beyond the field.

Gifted learners anticipate and relate observations.

Kingore, B. (2004)


Myth #3 -Gifted Education Programs Are Elitist

Gifted education programs are meant to help all high-ability students. Gifted learners are found in all cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. However, many of these students are denied the opportunity to maximize their potential because of the way in which programs and services are funded, and/or flawed identification practices. For example, reliance on a single test score for gifted education services may exclude selection of students with different cultural experiences and opportunities.

- National Association For Gifted Children