Myths about Gifted Students

By: Taylor Osborn

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A gifted student means:

Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. - developed in the 1972 Maryland Report to Congress

Gifted students should...

  • be given experiences that challenge them and their way of thinking
  • support in the same way a student with a learning disability is given support

Did you Know...

  • only about 6% of students in the USA are gifted
  • gifted students have a high drop out rate when they are not given any support in school.
  • gifted students should not be left in a classroom to lead the others but be in a place that will also challenge them.


What actions do I take to help a gifted learner who is becoming frustrated in class?

How do we help the learners who are gifted in one area and then struggle in others?


Differentiate instruction to fit the needs of each learner and reach out to GTi support to help with ideas on how to challenge gifted learners.