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Educating Educators on Gifted Students

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Transcript of Educating Educators on Gifted Students

Educators Guide to Helping Gifted Students to
Flourish
"Teachers can change lives with just the
right mix of chalk and challenges." Joyce A. Myers
What does it mean to be gifted?
In the state of Ohio, each district is required to identify gifted students in grades K-12. The district however, is not required to service these students at this time. There is an approved list of
assessments
that the districts must use to measure the specific area of giftedness. Students
can be identity in one or more of the four major areas: superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking, and visual or performing arts ability
. Gifted services that are provided for the student shall be based on their area of identification and need. Their
instruction will be guided by their written education plan (WEP)
. Finally, an intervention specialist for gifted education shall provide the instruction directly to the gifted student.
Who is Gifted in your Classroom?
Click on the link below, which shows the typical characteristics of gifted verses a bright student . Remember that each child is different and they can and might display characteristics on either side
"Giftedness consists of an interaction among three basic clusters of human traits-these clusters being being above average general abilities, high level of task commitment, and high levels of creativity." Dr. Joseph Renzulli (1978)
How can you tell the difference between a bright
student and one who is gifted?
http://www.bownet.org/BESGifted/brightvs.htm
Ohio Standards For Gifted
"Giftedness is that precious endowment of potentially outstanding abilities which allows a person to interact with the environment with remarkably high levels of achievement and creativity."
Osnaburg Local Schools Gifted Plan
Osnaburg Local Schools identifies gifted students K-12. Our district uses a
three-part approach to screen students who perform or show potential to
perform at high levels. There is a pre-assessment, which includes student data from a variety of sources. Second stage examines the data to determine if additional assessment is needed. Finally, assessment for identification to make a decision and provide services to the student.

There is grade-level testing at the third and then again at the fourth grade level. We ensure that all district students identified receive services offered by the district, and they each have a Written Education Plan (WEP) on file.
How to Help Gifted Students with Perfectionism
Peer Relations
Gifted students don't necessarily try to be different or separate themselves from their peers, it just happens.
Underachieving
“Perfectionism is not about doing one's best, or about pursuing excellence; it's about the emotional conviction that perfection is the only route to personal acceptance. It is the emotional conviction that by being perfect, one can finally be acceptable as a person.”
- Dr. Tom Greenspon
Signs to Look for as a Teacher
Overcommits himself
Hard time making choices
Always in control
Needs routine
Late because there is always one

more task to be done
Never seems satisfied with his work
Gets carried away with details
Negative Effects
Positive Effects
If the student can set a realistic goal, then striving for excellence can help them achieve the goal.
"I shut everyone out until the loneliness goes away." -Anna 13
Signs to Look for as a Teacher
The child has no friends
Plays too aggressively
Easily upset
Can be bossy and becomes angry
Difficult time working in a group
Shows little empathy
Doesn't respect others property
Rarely compromises
Negative Effects
They can be ignored, excluded and
rejected by their peers and even family member.

Depression, eating disorder, violent actions, compulsive behaviors, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and narcissism could result because of their inability to connections with other people.
Strategies for Teachers
and Parents
Assist the gifted student in forming at least one true friend (maybe another gifted child)
" I have yet to find an underachiever who is truly lazy or unmotivated." - Harvey Mandel
Signs to Look for as a Teacher
Tends to withdraw
Respect or fears authority
Have a poor academic self -image
Displays weak performance
Needs both structure and limits
Could have hearing problems, ADHD or upsetting home life
Negative Effects
Low perceived value and importance of school learning
Poor self-management and low motivation
Negative attitude towards school, teachers, and or classes
Low self-perceived academic ability
Strategies for Teachers
"This is definitely not a 'cushy job."- Gifted Education Teacher
Encourage them to journal
More ideas...
References
Davis, G (2006) Gifted Children Gifted Education. Scottsdale: Great Potential Press, Inc..

Delisle, J. Ph. D, & Galbraith, J. M.A. (2002). When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers; How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs. Minneapolis: Free Sprit Publishing Inc.

Education, O. D. ( March 2008) Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students. Retrieved January 24, 2013 from http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=503&ContentID=7642&Content=122975

Manning, S. (2006): Recognizing Gifted Students: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi Record, 42:2, 64-68.

Pyryt, M. (2004) Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism. Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Retrieved from www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_print_id_10459.aspx
K-3 can accelerate in math or language arts, in class advancement.

There is a fourth and fifth multi-aged gifted classroom.

We offer accelerated language arts and math in grades 6-8.

In high school, we offer advanced placement courses, dual enrollment, online courses, and post- secondary option.

Guidance Services for grades K-12
What We Offer to Gifted Students
"Yes, I learn faster than other kids, but I still have normal friends and I'm not a NERD!" Angela 10
Student could underachieve academically and/or experience emotional turmoil because they are always trying to be perfect.
Strategies for Teachers
" This mistaken idea of the importance of mistakes leads us to mistaken concept of ourselves. We become overly impressed by everything that is wrong in us and around us. To be human does not mean to be right, does not mean to be perfect. To be human means to be useful, to make contributions -not for oneself, but for others- to take what there is make the best out of it." Rudolf Drekurs
The teacher needs to try and create an environment
of acceptance for the students.
Encourage them to try new ventures even if they fail.
Help them to reevaluate their feelings about failure and success.
Set a good example at school and home
Work on activities that include everyone in the class, in a positive way
Teach and do activities that encourage and help develop gifted students social skills
Eliminate work already mastered
Allow independent studies
Set goals with student
Use humor
Private instruction in areas of weakness
Assign specific responsibility in the classroom maintenance or management routine
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