I want to know how to best meet the needs of my gifted students.
I want to gain an understanding and appreciation of how uniquely different the gifted are and/or can be from one another. However, after reading the first chapters of this book, I realized that the more I read about giftedness the less I know/understand. Chapter 1-4 left me with more questions than answers, but I am optimistic that the rest of the book will provide some answers.
Given the budget cuts that are looming over Texas's educational system, I am very interested in learning more about how to address the diverse needs of my students, particularly those that are in heterogenous classrooms with PreAP students.
I want to know what are the 5 levels of gifted and how to meet each level needs in a diverse classroom. I am also curious as to if there is a difference between giftedness and high intelligence.
I have always of different way/areas to be "gifted," I never heard anything about "levels." I want to learn about them.
I want to have a better understanding of giftedness --- how it is determined and how to address their needs.
I want to understand giftedness on two different levels. One as a parent: How do I determine if my child is gifted? What does that look like. As an educator: How can we meet the needs of gifted students, once identified and what does that look like?
I want to learn to better recognize the qualities of a gifted student. Furthermore, I am hoping to learn strategies that will help each of my students succeed by accommodating and challenging their individual needs.
I am interested in the approach of this author toward the subject of different levels of giftedness.
Response to flying_pig: I agree,the Texas budget is of primary concern for how our students' needs will be met. We seem to learn more about what gt students need, while having less to work with.
I want to learn more about the gifted child in my classroom and learn how to better meet the needs of that child.
I am interested in learning more to better meet the needs of my students. I am also interested in the criteria selected by the author for dividing students in the different levels of giftedness and what the different levels are.
I would like to learn to distinguish and differentiate between the different levels of giftedness. To be able to identify signs, if any that might identify one level versus another.
I would like to learn the best way to help and challenge my GT students, as well as how to work effectively with their parents.
flying_pig's post about budget cuts concerns me too. Even with a Pre-AP curriculum, I still do not think that the needs of GT students are always met. We seem to have more concerns with children at the other end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, we may think that these students can fend for themselves. This is easier with parental involvement, but we need to establish goals so that these students don't get bored and are able reach their potentials.
I would like to learn more about the levels of giftedness and how I as a teacher can serve those levels in my classroom.
Maybe if I know a little more about them, I can better serve them. In must the brief descriptors she gives, i can already pick out the various levels in my classroom.
I am hoping to learn different ways of knowing how to cater my teaching and activities to challenge all my kids. I am hoping to use this book to learn the different levels of gifted so I can identify kids for my own purposes too.
In response to jcooper: I would also like to know how to deal with the parents of gifted children.
I want to learn how to identify gifted students in my classroom, how to differentiate my instruction, how to give gifted students the ability to succeed to the best of their abilities, and how to communicate all of this to their parents.
In response to what Jeff said: After reading this, it brought several students to mind. It will make me think a different way about some of the behaviors I'm seeing in my classroom.
In response to elizabeth h: I agree with her concerns about meeting the needs of GT students and where the focus seems to be. I would like to find ways to ensure that the gifted students in my class get what they need.
As Weedin commented regarding recognizing the qualities of giftedness, I had to ask myself a question...is it possible to become an expert in recognizing every instance of giftedness? In the education industry we already tend to label a child until they prove otherwise. If giftedness can truly be a case-by-case process, can you identify a student immediately? After viewing the levels of giftedness there have been guidelines set in behaviors and intellectual triggers that can be markers. I pray that we all are able to grasp the understanding of the GT is and how to produce beneficial practicing to adding to a GTs child educational process.
In response to SWagner on 2/2/11 @ 8:36 P.M., I, too, would like to learn how to differentiate for these students. I would like to make sure I don't leave them out of the instruction or turn them off.
In response ro Weedin on 1.31.11I agree with you that we need to help each child achieve and challenge their individual needs. I hope to use the strategies I learn from this book to help every child but especially to help all gt children who are grouped just as gt without acknowledging the different levels.In response to j cooper on 2.01.11Yes! I was just thinking the same thing. It is going to be a great help to be on the same page as the parents! Our relationship will be so much more productive when they know we are on top of our game.