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Understanding Gifted Students - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, experienced instructors will relate information about what it means to be gifted, the characteristics of gifted children and how the needs of these children differ from one student to another. These lessons will help you understand the following:
- The definition of giftedness
- What behaviors are commonly displayed by gifted students
- Psychological theories of giftedness
- How being gifted differs from being talented
- The academic and intellectual aptitude and abilities of gifted students
- How to address the different needs of gifted children in the classroom
- What the common traits of gifted children are
- How gifted students are misconceived
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: The lessons stress the behaviors and traits of gifted children so you can develop a deeper understanding of these students.
- Clarifies misconceptions: The lessons separate fact from fiction when it comes to teaching gifted children.
- Emphasizes student success: Provides facts about gifted children that will help you deliver the type of instruction they need to succeed in the classroom.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify the common traits of gifted children
- Understand theories and models about giftedness
- Address the different needs among gifted students in the classroom
- Discount misconceptions about gifted students
1. Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions
Schools generally define giftedness as high ability, but there are other ways to define giftedness. Learn more about the definitions, characteristics and conceptions of giftedness in children and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
2. Advanced Cognitive Development and Renzulli's Triad
In this lesson, we will explore advanced cognitive development in terms of a gifted child. We will also define what it means to be gifted and Joseph Renzulli's model of giftedness.
3. The Different Needs of Gifted Students in the Classroom
Encouraging gifted kids is exciting and fun, for you and for them. However, finding the help, resources, and time to create special projects can be difficult. Use the ideas in this lesson to meet the needs of gifted kids in your classroom.
4. Gifted Students: Common Traits & Misconceptions
Gifted students bring a myriad of opportunities to their educational experience. They are from varying socio-economic backgrounds, and they often experience uneven growth in social, cognitive, and physical development. We will look at the truths and the misconceptions that surround the gifted student in the classroom.
5. Twice-Exceptional Students: Definition & Characteristics
In this lesson, you will learn characteristics of twice-exceptional students. You will also learn tools you can use to help these students reach their potential.
6. Gifted Students & Disorganization
Many teachers of gifted students are familiar with the messy desks, excuses, and late assignments that seem to follow their students around. Teachers can help these students eliminate the barrier of disorganization by teaching skills that help with managing time and materials.
7. Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
As teachers, we have to think about the academic, social, and emotional needs of all of the students in our class. This lesson focuses on the social and emotional needs of gifted students.
8. Identifying Gifted Students in Poverty
How does poverty affect giftedness in education, and what can teachers do to make sure they recognize it in all students, especially those in poverty? This lesson describes measures and methods to use to accurately identify gifted students in poverty.
9. Identifying Artistically Gifted Students
In this lesson, teachers will learn about some common traits shared by many students who are artistically gifted. Teachers will also learn strategies for supporting and encouraging artistically gifted students.
10. Understanding Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children
There are many reasons why teaching gifted children can be exciting as well as challenging. This lesson focuses on their tendency toward emotional intensity and how you can make sense of it.
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