Students with Special Gifts & Talents

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  • 1:34 Academic Challenges
  • 2:40 Social & Emotional Challenges
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Working with students who have special gifts and talents can not only be exciting and invigorating but also challenging. This lesson gives you some insight into these students' characteristics and needs.

Gifted & Talented Students

Ms. Frommer has been surprised by her caseload this year. A guidance counselor at an elementary school, she is used to working with students who have individualized education plans because they have diagnosed disabilities. This year, Ms. Frommer finds herself getting referrals to work with more and more students who do not meet that profile. Instead, many of her students are described by their teachers as gifted. They're unusually advanced or talented in one or more areas. Since she has so many gifted students coming to work with her, Ms. Frommer realizes that she needs to learn a little more about who these students are, what their lives are like, and what they can struggle with both in and out of school.

Ms. Frommer learns that there's no such thing as a one-size-fits all definition for what makes a student gifted or talented. Some students might appear gifted in one context but ordinary in another. Some students who are called gifted will carry that label throughout their lives, while others are advanced in learning but normalize once other students catch up developmentally.

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