Definitions
MYTH OR FACT?
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GIFTED
TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS
Prevalence and Etiology
Tips and suggestions
I.D.E.A.
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THESE CHILDREN HAVE ABILITIES AND TALENTS THAT CAN BE DEMONSTRATED OR HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR BEING DEVELOPED AT EXCEPTIONAL LEVELS.

WHAT ARE GIFTED AND TALENTED?

100

GIFTED STUDENTS WILL DO FINE ON THEIR OWN

WHAT IS A MYTH?

"Just as athletes need coaches to be their best selves, so gifted children need effective teachers to develop their potential."

100

ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR SELF (AND OTHERS)

SELF-CONFIDENT

LIKES STRUCTURE


WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?

100

TEACHERS OBSERVE CHARACTERISTICS AND BEHAVIORS AND WRITE DOWN THE NAMES OF PUPILS THEY SEE DEMONSTRATING THE BEHAVIOR DESCRIBED ON THE FORM.

WHAT IS THE "JOT-DOWN"? (OR JOT-DOWN FORM)

These can be used to help teachers focus on behaviors that in combination indicate giftedness.

100

TRUE OR FALSE?

"STUDENTS LIVING IN POVERTY, FROM RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES, AND WHO ARE ENGLISH LEARNERS, ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED FOR GIFTED PROGRAMS."


WHAT IS TRUE?

A newly released report, Is There a Gifted Gap?, by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute sheds further light on the many challenges gifted students from underserved populations face in being identified and served.  

100

THIS CHANGE IN CURRICULUM IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENCES (SUCH AS GIFTEDNESS) AND TO PROVIDE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT INI WHICH ALL CHILDREN CAN THRIVE.

"WHAT IS DIFFERENTIATION?

"In differentiated classrooms, teachers begin where students are, not the front of a curriculum guide."

100

TRUE OR FALSE?


STUDENTS WHO ARE GIFTED AND TALENTED ARE COVERED BY IDEA UNDER "INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES."

WHAT IS FALSE?

"Students who have exceptional intellect or who are exceptionally gifted in the arts are not covered by IDEA. Instead, another Federal law, the Jacob K Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act of 1988 first outlined what responsibility public schools have toward gifted students. "

200

STUDENTS WHO ARE GIFTED AND TALENTED BUT ALSO HAVE A DISABILITY

WHAT ARE TWICE EXCEPTIONAL?


200

ALL CHILDREN ARE GIFTED


WHAT IS A MYTH?


"All children have strengths and positive attributes, but not all children are gifted in the educational sense of the word."

200

OBSERVANT

GOOD MOTOR COORDINATION

OUTSTANDING IN SENSE OF SPATIAL RELATIONSHIP

WHAT IS VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS?

200
TEACHERS EVALUATE STUDENTS IN THE AREAS OF INTELLECTUAL ABILITY, ACADEMIC ABILITY, CREATIVITY, THE ARTS AND MOTIVATION, AS WELL AS LEADERSHIP ABILITIES.

WHAT ARE CHECKLISTS?

"This assessment instrument looks at various dimensions of giftedness."

200

TRUE OR FALSE?

THE MALE GENDER TENDS TO BE AN UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATION IN GIFTED PROGRAMS.

WHAT IS FALSE?

According to authors Richard Gargiulo and Emily Bouck, "There is ample evidence that GIRLS who are gifted are an underrepresented population and an untapped national resource."

200

TRUE OR FALSE?

HIGHER LEVEL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING, FLEXIBLE GROUPING, AND CURRICULUM COMPACTING ARE 3 TYPES OF "BEST PRACTICES"

WHAT IS FALSE?

Higher-level thinking/problem solving skills can be offered and taught by a teacher. Flexible Grouping groups students by interests, needs or abilities. Curriculum Compacting is an instructional procedure whereby the time spent on academic subjects is "telescoped" or reduced so as to allow the student(s) to make continuous progress.

These three strategies are known as INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES.

200

THIS SERVICE PLAN IS NOT OFFERED TO GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS AS THEY DO NOT QUALIFY AS HAVING A DISABILITY.

WHAT IS AN I.E.P.?

300

THIS USE OF MEASURES INTENDED FOR OLDER CHILDREN IS IMPORTANT IN ASSESSING GIFTEDNESS IN A SPECIFIC ACADEMIC AREA.

WHAT IS OFF-LEVEL TESTING?

300

TYPICALLY A CHILD WHO IS GIFTED ENJOYS LEARNING

WHAT IS A FACT?


While this trait cannot be attributed to ALL gifted students, this is a known characteristic.

300

INDEPENDENT THINKER

CREATES AND INVENTS

POSSESSES A SENSE OF HUMOR

IMPROVISES OFTEN

WHAT IS CREATIVE THINKING?

300

AS MENTIONED IN ANOTHER SEGMENT; THIS USE OF MEASURES INTENDED FOR OLDER CHILDREN IS IMPORTANT IN ASSESSING GIFTEDNESS IN A SPECIFIC ACADEMIC AREA

WHAT IS OFF-LEVEL TESTING?

"Grade level achievement tests have a low ceiling and do not allow a child to demonstrate what he or she knows in the particular content area being assessed."

300

TRUE OR FALSE?

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE RARELY OVERLOOKED IN THE GIFTED PROGRAMS AS THEIR GIFTEDNESS OVERSHADOWS THEIR DISABILITIES.

WHAT IS FALSE?


"Only recently have educators devoted attention to individuals with gifts and talents who also have a disability."

*These students are known as "twice exceptional."

300

TRUE OR FALSE?

CLUSTER GROUPING, TIERED ASSIGNMENTS AND PACING INSTRUCTION IS A FORM OF INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY.

WHAT IS TRUE?

Similar to Curriculum Compacting, or Flexible Grouping, these are known as INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIESBut what are they?

Cluster Grouping is the practice of placing five or more students who have similar needs and abilities with one teacher.

Tiered Assignments allows the teacher to offer variations of the same lesson to children with differing levels of readiness.

Pacing Instruction: The need for accelerated pacing in teaching must be linked with increasingly complex content and challenging learning experiences rather than additional work at the same level.

300
TRUE OR FALSE?


IT IS FEDERALLY MANDATED THAT GT STUDENTS ARE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL SERVICES REGARDING THEIR EDUCATION.

WHAT IS FALSE?

THERE IS NO NATIONAL MANDATE TO SERVE THE GIFTED AND TALENTED. THIS MANDATE IS LEFT UP TO STATE RATHER THAN FEDERAL LEGISTLATION.

400

THIS IS NECESSARY TO ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENCES AND PROVIDE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ALL CHILDREN, INCLLUDING THE GIFTED AND TALENTED, CAN THRIVE

WHAT IS DIFFERENTIATION?

400

WHETHER ADOLESCENT OR YOUNG AND GIFTED, A COMMON TRAIT OR CHARACTERISTIC IS HAVING A GOOD MEMORY

WHAT IS FACT?

True, in both age groups, having a good memory has been attributed to Gifted students.

400

ENJOYS HYPOTHESIZING

SELF-STARTER

OBSERVANT

USES A LARGE VOCABULARY

WHAT IS GENERAL INTELLECTUAL ABILITY?

400

 While these tests provide information for the intellectual domain, these tests are not as helpful in identifying someone with creative, leadership, or other abilities. 

What are IQ or cognitive tests?


400

TRUE OR FALSE?

SOME PROFESSIONALS BELIEVE THAT 10 TO 15 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOL-AGE POPULATION CAN BE THOUGHT OF AS GIFTED.

WHAT IS TRUE?

"The National Association for Gifted Children working in conjunction with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted estimates that approximately 3 million children are gifted and talented.

400

TRUE OR FALSE?


MAGNET PROGRAMS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TYPICALLY FOCUSING ON MATH AND SCIENCE OR THE VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS ARE INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE GIFTED AS IT EXCLUDES THEM FROM A FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION.

WHAT IS FALSE?

The placement strategy of self-contained classes and magnet schools can be  essential to students with giftedness as it allows them to learn with students who share interests and have similar abilities.  If this route is not taken, when a child does enter school at the appropriate age, a self-contained classroom may be considered as the student would be learning with others who share their interests and have similar abilities.

400

TRUE OR FALSE?

IT IS OPTIONAL FOR A STATE AS TO HOW AND IF THEY WILL SERVICE A STUDENT WHO IS LABELED AS GIFTED AND TALENTED.

WHAT IS TRUE?

"Because the federal government does not provide guidance or have requirements for gifted services, students encounter a range of services from state to state and even district to district. "

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AN INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURE WHEREBY TIME SPENT ON ACADEMIC SUBJECTS IS "'TELESCOPED" OR REDUCED SO AS TO ALLOW THE STUDENT(S) TO MAKE CONTINUOUS PROGRESS

WHAT IS CURRICULUM COMPACTING?

500
YOU  MUST BE GIFTED IN EVERYTHING IF YOU ARE TRULY GIFTED

WHAT IS A MYTH?

"Some are gifted in one area and at grade level (or below) in other areas, while some may show their exceptionality in multiple areas."

500

ADVANCED COMPREHENSION

WIDELY READ IN SPECIAL-INTEREST AREA

HIGH ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN SPECIAL-INTEREST AREA

WHAT IS SPECIFIC ACADEMIC ABILITY?

500
TRUE OR FALSE? SPECIALISTS IN A SPECIFIC TALENT AREA ARE APPROPRIATE INDIVIDUALS TO ASSESS TALENT IN THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

WHAT IS TRUE?

"As experts in the visual and performing arts, they are prepared to recognize talent that is exceptional for a young person when compared with others of the same age and/or background."

500

TRUE OR FALSE? 

IT HAS BEEN PROVEN WITH 100% CLARITY THAT GIFTEDNESS COMES STRICTLY FROM GENETICS.

WHAT IS FALSE?

"No one knows the precise role of genetics or of the environment, but it is clear that both genetic patterns and environmental stimulation play key roles in developing a child's potential to perform at exceptionally high levels."

500

True or False?


One service to be offered for younger students who are gifted is to allow them entry into kindergarten before the "legal" age.

WHAT IS TRUE?

Although, when making such a decision, "parents and educators need to carefully consider the individual's physical and emotional maturity so that an appropriate educational experience can be designed.

500

TRUE OR FALSE?

THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS OPTED OUT OF GIFTED AND TALENTED SERVICES AS THEY HAVE A STRONGER NEED TO FOCUS ON STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS/EXCEPTIONALITIES.

WHAT IS FALSE?

ACCORDING TO THE T.E.A. WEBSITE: 

"The state's goal for G/T students is to ensure that students who participate in G/T services demonstrate self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication skills."

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