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Gifted Students

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Anna Felicione

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By Austin Gardner, Kelly Messina, McKay Lannigan, Anna Felicione, and Jesse Odom Gifted and Talented Students What is "Gifted"? The Bright Child The Gifted Learner: Myths and Facts about
Gifted Students Learning Objectives How To Determine If A Child Is Gifted If a child falls into the 90th percentile, meaning if he or she scores better than 90% of other students, he or she is considered "gifted".

According to the Webster's Dictionary, the definition of "gifted" is:

having great natural ability : talented
: revealing a special gift
— gift·ed·ly- adverb
— gift·ed·ness- noun The bright child:
Knows the answers
Is interested
Is attentive
Has good ideas
Works hard
Answers the questions
Top group
Listens with interest
Learns with ease "Gifted" and "Talented" are the same thing.
Gifted students display his or her talents only in an area they're interested in.
Gifted students are very different from other students.
It's better to wait until third or fourth grade to identify gifted students.
Parenting young gifted children takes a lot of hard work. EMOTIONAL *Students will understand the difference between "gifted" and "talented"
*Students will learn how gifted children are assessed
*Students will understand the issue of cultural biases in gifted testing
*Students will understand the disadvantages of mistesting gifted students Students are tested in the following categories:
(According to Marland's Definition of Giftedness)
*General Intellectual Ability
*Specific Academic Aptitude
*Creative Or Productive Thinking
*Leadership Ability
*Talent in the Visual or Performing Arts
*Psychomotor Ability

(Schroth & Helfer, 2008) Asks the questions
Is highly curious
Is mentally and physically involved
Has wild, silly ideas
Plays around, yet tests well
Discusses in detail, elaborates
Beyond the group
Shows strong feelings and opinions
Already knows MARSHMALLOW
CHALLENGE! Mmmmm.... Should we test for giftedness? The answer is: YES!
Many have concerns about this issue because the testing is performed incorrectly or too late. Sometimes the decision to place students in a gifted program is affected by a racial bias. What Are The Advantages? Children who were identified as
"gifted" often develop into intellectuals who contribute largely to society.

Some famous gifted people:
Albert Einstein
Isaac Newton
Walt Disney
James Woods
Leo Tolstoy
Abraham Lincoln
Winston Churchill Although there are many advantages to being classified as "gifted" in school, there are a few disadvantages as well.
Gifted students usually feel things more strongly than others might.
Here are some areas in which gifted children may be oversensitive. "Psychomotor" is often thought to mean that the person needs lots of movement and athletic activity, BUT it can also mean that there can be troublewith settling down the mind's activities for falling asleep. Sometimes there may be lots of energy causing movement, fast talking, lots of gestures, and sometimes nervous tics. PSYCHOMOTOR "Sensory" deals with the overactive senses. This child feels things much more intensely than a normal child. For example - wind blows in a child's face and the child cries or says it hurts; a normal child would not notice. A sock feels rough if it is twisted and the child says it hurts; a normal child would not care. They love smells of some things, but can get sick on smells of another. This is not the child being overdramatic; the senses are heightened, therefore the child doesn't react like a normal child would. SENSORY Imaginative- deals with a child's imagination - These are the dreamers, poets, dancers, and artists who are strong visual thinkers. They usually use lots of metaphorical speech and say abstract bits of text. Sometimes the child's imaginative bouts are hard to deal with in a classroom setting, and can distract other students. IMAGINATIVE Intellectual has to do with IQ. These are the students/people with high IQ, or "giftedness". This usually involves kids with a strong logical thinking skills who enjoy brain teasers and puzzles, enjoy following a line of complex reasoning, and have mastered figuring things out. This might include a love of all things academic, new information, cognitive games, etc. This can lead to being labeled as a "nerd" or a "geek", and may contribute to social hardship. INTELLECTUAL Emotional children tend to be over-reactors to situations. As gifted kids, they have more intense emotions than just "happy" and "sad". They need to connect with people and environment. They feel empathy, sympathy, and compassion. They can get depressed or excited quickly. Disproving Myths REFERENCES COLOR TEST CONCLUSION Children should be tested for giftedness, as many agree that the benefits outweigh the risks. Fortunately, schools are improving on gifted testing, and in the future, many more kids' talents will be expounded upon. What are the Disadvantages? Accuracy According to Nurture Shock, written by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (2009), by the third grade, only 27 out of 100 students who tested as "gifted" in kindergarten would be categorized as "gifted" if the test was retaken. Gifted testing is ineffective when it comes to future performance. Performance-Based Testing Not everyone agrees with the authors of Nurture Shock. Although most of these studies do not reassess students at later ages to see if their achievement levels have changed, many studies have conducted research on performance-based testing and found it a reliable way to identify gifted learners (Sarouphim & Maker, 2010). The DISCOVER Program DISCOVER is an authentic assessment test that has become popular when trying to overcome cultural bias. It stands for:
Strength and
Capabilities while
Responses Why use DISCOVER? DISCOVER is based on theories from Gardener and Maker, who both believe intelligence is complex and fluid. Testing is done in the following areas:
Spatial Artistic
Spatial Analytical
Oral Linguistic
Written Linguistic
Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Bodily- Kinesthetic STATS Not everyone believes gifted assessments are taken too soon. Christy McGee and Claire Hughes (2011) state that 8 to 15% of very young children fall into the gifted category and need support for their special needs. A student can be "talented" without being "gifted", and vice versa.
Gifted students might not be great at his or her area of interest, but more able to perform well in different areas.
Gifted students can seem just like other children.
Children need to be tested for giftedness so that they can expound upon it in their later years.
Gifted children usually have the ability to support themselves when they are older. Parents of gifted kids usually have a fairly easy time academically. McGee, Christy D., & Highes, Claire E. (July 2011) Identifying and supporting Young Gifted LEarners. YC Young Children, 66, 4. Retrieved from Proquest Central

Sarouphim, K.M.& Maker, C. J. (2010) Ethnic and Gender Difference in Identifying Gifted Students, a Multi-Cultural Analysis. Int. Education, 39(2), 42-56, 76-77. Retrieved from Proquest Central

Schroth, S.T. & Helfer, J.A. (2008) Identifying gifted students: Educator beliefs regarding policies, processes, and procedures. Journal for the education of the gifted, 32. Retrieved from ProQuest.
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