The Gifted and Talented Student

"giftedness is a measure of innate ability, not performance"

Who are THE Gifted and Talented students?

Just a FEW of the MANY characteristics your gifted students may exhibit

  • Curious, Ask questions
  • Excellent memory
  • Learns and retains new information with ease
  • Gets bored easily, Finishes before the rest of the class
  • Self-motivated
  • Independent thinker
  • Creative, approaches problems differently than other students
  • Has multiple interests
  • Critical of themselves and others; perfectionist

Gifted and Talented student may be your straight A student or they maybe your class clown. Gifted students tend to focus on their preferred interests and may not put as much effort behind things they are not as passionate about. They finish faster than the rest of the class because they've already mastered the task, leaving them bored and at times disruptive to the other students.

Students working together at Kansas' Odyssey of the Mind 2015 Competition

Thinking Out of the Box when it comes to your Gifted and Talented Students

So as a teacher what can I do to help your Gifted and Talents student reach their full potential?  THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! Get to know them and their interests. Be creative. Be fun. Challenge them. This is coming from a "Gifted" student from the graduating class of 2004, most of my teachers didn't challenge me or get to know me. I sailed through with good grades with out trying, but didn't reach my potential. That being said, I refuse to let my students just sail through as average when they are capable of greatness.

How do I plan to do this? Here are just a few ways I can encourage and help my students grow:

  • Find a mentor for them. A mentor who specializes in their interests and can teach them more than I can as a teacher.
  • Encourage independent projects and give them the freedom to present it however they choose.
  • Level assignments in class according to each students level, and use Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage more critical thinking.
  • Get them involved in academic competitions with student who think like them, such as; Odyssey of the Mind or Future Problem Solvers.

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