Education for Gifted Children
|Aren't all students gifted?
|Issue of value
|Let's look closer at the issues. Firstly, the issue of value. Identifying a student as gifted doesn't mean she is of greater worth than other students, just as identifying a student as developmentally disabled or physically disabled doesn't mean that she is of less worth.
Gifted students and developmentally disabled students have different learning needs from most of their classmates and as teachers we have to respond to these needs.
Helping these students isn't a 'bonus' or an optional extra; it's a professional obligation.
|Personal strength X Gift
|Everyone has a personal strength, something we do better than we do other things. Our personal strength is the high point in our personal ability spectrum. Each of us also has a personal weakness, the relative low point. We don't confuse personal weaknesses with disabilities. Equally, we shouldn't confuse personal strengths with gifts.
|Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students
- The ability to ask reflective and probing, sometimes provocative, questions.
- The capacity to see and create patterns and relationships in their field of special ability.
- Can become deeply absorbed in work that they find interesting.
- Unusually fast rate of learning.
- Reasons at a level more usually found in a student some years older.
- Extremely well developed memory.
- Dislike of slow-paced work.
- Many gifted students have a preference for independent work.
- It is unusual for a gifted student to have only one area of high ability.
Some affective (social-emotional) characteristics of intellectually gifted adolescents
- Emotional intensity.
- Some gifted students have an unusual ability to empathize with the feelings of other students or adults.
- Some gifted students have an unusually well developed sense of justice and fairness.
- Many gifted students have an unusually mature sense of humor.
- Gifted students often prefer the companionship of older students.
- Gifted students may develop a strong attachment to one or two close friends.
- Students with multiple talents may have difficulty deciding on a career.
- Some gifted students can exhibit perfectionist tendencies.
|One of the greatest gifts we can give a gifted student is the opportunity and encouragement to risk temporary 'failure’ in the secure environment of a classroom which encourages all students, including the gifted, to let their reach exceed their grasp.
Characteristics of Bright learners and Gifted Childern
|Knows the answers
Is interested Is attentive
Has good ideas
Answers the questions
Listens with interest
Learns with ease
Grasps the meaning
Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation
Is alert Is pleased with own learning
|Asks the questions
Is highly curious
Is mentally and physically involved
Has wild, silly ideas
Plays around, yet tests well
Discusses in detail,
Beyond the group
Shows strong feelings and opinions
1-2 repetitions for mastery
Draws inferences Initiates projects
Creates a new design
Thrives on complexity
Is keenly observant
Is highly self-critical
|The above discussion clearly denotes that emphasis should be given to nurture the valuable asset of the nation, the Gifted , to accelerate the progress of the nation.