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Gifted Learners Transition Prezi

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Brian Lowman
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dr. Michael Matthews
SPED 6161-081 Gifted Learners and their Transition from Elementary to Middle School Overview Conclusion Making the transition from elementary to middle school is just as difficult for the gifted student as it is for the regular student. The goal presented here is to make the transition as smooth as possible for the student with help from teachers, counselors, school support staff, and most importantly, parents.

Resources will be provided for making a
successful transition. This resource focuses on how parents can support their gifted children at home by building up and maintaining a positive relationship. As students are making their transition to middle school, they are faced with many new issues that can be more academically challenging than in elementary school. Students may come home frustrated with more homework than they are used to as well as different expectations from the teacher. Parents can help by supporting their students at home with positive relationships and communication. This article simply suggests different ways to help and includes examples of ways to support your gifted child. Surviving the Middle School Years with your Gifted Child -Meeting the needs of our gifted and talented students is vital in making these students successful as 21st century learners. Published by the National Middle School Association and The National Association for Gifted Children, this article lays out important information that is expected of teachers and students for making these learners successful. It describes what is expected and how teachers and other support staff can be successful in meeting the needs of these learners. Although this article does not have a primary focus on making the transition to middle school, it offers parents as well as teachers, counselors, and other support staff ways to implement effective strategies and tips on meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. MEETING THE NEEDS OF HIGH ABILITY AND HIGH POTENTIAL LEARNERS
IN THE MIDDLE GRADES A JOINT POSITION STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN -Interesting resource that focuses on logistical, social, and academic concerns for students during their transition to middle school. Although this article is not primarily focused on the gifted learner, it offers great advice for students making the transition to middle school. I find it very informational in how the article addresses three main concerns that every student and parent may have during the transition to middle school. This article not only offers insight to middle school, but a long list of helpful strategies and tips for making the transition as smooth as possible for both the student and parent. Smoothing your child's transition to middle school In conclusion, there is much preparation needed for making the transition from elementary to middle school successful for gifted leaners. Teachers like to think that these learners are capable of many things and they are; however, these learners are just like any other student their age when it comes to making the transition to middle school. This is a transition that is new to everyone within their grade level; with that being said, the expectations for gifted learners are raised to a new level. With the resources provided, I feel that parents, teachers, counselors, and other support staff can help to make the gifted learners transition as smooth and successful as possible. Resources Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School: Tips for Parents of Gifted Students

-This is a great resource for parents when their students are making the transition from elementary to middle school. This article primarily focuses on what the parent can do for their children rather than what the students can do to help their transition. Duke talent identification program (TIP) is a program used to identify and provide areas of development for gifted students. This article is a tip sheet on what parents could look for when their students are making the transition to middle school. The article mentions to explore the school’s website and school report card as well as taking a school tour to look for accomplishments and awards the school may have earned from their academics. -This article comes from the Ohio Department of Education and also focuses on the transition from elementary to middle school. Although this article does not mention gifted learners, I do feel like it gives vital information for making the transition from elementary to middle school successful. It mentions several different factors that students will face during the transition as well as provides a list of helpful tips to guide parents to making their students transition successful. This article also focuses primarily on what parents can do to make their students transition successful rather than what the student can do. Helping Your Child Make Successful Transitions: Elementary to Middle School Looking through different school systems Gifted and Talented programs, I came across this great resource. The Omaha Public School system’s gifted and talented program has listed what to expect for students in the gifted and talented program that are making the transition to middle school. It briefly describes the program and how it may be laid out in the students new school. In middle school, students are not pulled out for services as in elementary school, rather their services are met in the classroom setting. Also included, is a very useful brochure that the school system has made describing different elements in the gifted and talented program. I have found this brochure to address topics that every school system uses as a foundation for their gifted and talented programs. This brochure includes very useful information for the parent and student as they make the transition to middle school. Omaha Public Schools
Transition to Middle School -Published in an article for the National Association for Gifted Children, this resource talks about how gifted education plays a role in the middle school setting. As with any new level of learning, the dynamics of the gifted education program changes from each grade level. This article describes problems and promises of the gifted education program in middle school. It lists some examples of complexities within the middle school setting as well as promising goals and directions for making each gifted student successful. Good insight is presented in this article about the curriculum, instructional strategies, and cooperative learning that students will face and how to help them become successful in those areas. Overall, this article is full of information and is very helpful to parents of gifted learners. ED Gifted Learners and Middle School: Problem or Promise? Academic Services and Instructional Support for Academically or Intellectually Gifted - The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has a link provided on their website for the academically or intellectually gifted learners. This source can be used by parents, teachers, counselors, and other support staff within a school system. It includes information about the program, a county’s local AIG program information, and resources associated with the AIG program. There is a lot of information provided within this resource that gives detailed information about the AIG program. Although this resource does not focus primarily on the transition of middle school gifted learners, I find this resource important since it includes the state guidelines and information on the AIG learners. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academicservices/gifted/ http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10457.aspx http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gifted-ed-guru/201301/surviving-the-middle-school-years-your-gifted-child http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=1516&ContentID=35577&Content=130446 http://www.nagc.org/uploadedFiles/PDF/Position_Statement_PDFs/joint%20middle%20schools%20statement.pdf http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/980-smoothing-your-childs-transition-to-middle-school.gs http://www.ops.org/district/CENTRALOFFICES/CurriculumandLearning/GiftedandTalented/MiddleLevel/TransitiontoMiddleSchool/tabid/1378/Default.aspx http://www.ops.org/District/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=XfeRf4qx1g4%3d&tabid=965 http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=150
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