Highlighting the complexities
Help for both parents and teachers — free parent resources also below!
by Emily VR
The situation: It’s the first month of school. You’re a teacher, and your class includes a few gifted-identified children. You’ve worked hard to plan and differentiate your lessons. All of your students seem engaged, except… one of your gifted students. He’s not doing his work, and you don’t know why. Another of your gifted students won’t attempt challenges – it’s like she’s hiding her ability. One more gifted student shows incredible insight during discussions, but he seems to struggle with reading and writing. (You’re surprised that he qualified for gifted program services.) At least one of your gifted students is wonderful – she gets straight As, and it seems like she doesn’t need anything from you!
Can all of these children be gifted? How do you cope with their mysterious differences?
Thankfully, in 1988, two leaders in gifted education provided some answers for both…
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