Characteristics of the Gifted
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Course Description:

Focuses on examining and understanding the characteristics of gifted children, knowing state mandated identification procedures/eligibility criteria and discovering the variety of ways the needs of gifted students can be met.

Class Schedule

Class #1

Introductory activities, Historical overview
Definitions of giftedness, Intelligence and giftedness, multiple intelligences
Teaching Tools for 21st Century pgs. 58-71, 133-134
Autonomous Learner Model pgs. 16-20, 90-94

Class #2

Characteristics of gifted students, gifted myths/stereotypes
Young gifted children, gifted adolescents, Georgia's gifted eligibility criteria, DeKalb Co. policies & procedures for gifted screening, referral and identification
Faces of Gifted pgs.5-25

Class #3

Six Profiles of Gifted & Talented, Learning styles & modalities
Traits of highly creative children, Problems of gifted
Faces of Gifted pgs. 50-65, Teaching Tools for the 21st Century pgs. 26-30, 36-40
Autonomous Learner Model pgs. 29-34

Class #4

Case study presentations by former gifted endorsement class members

Class #5

Issues in gifted identification: Equity vs excellence, High achiever vs gifted
Identification procedures, Peer identification, Visual/performing arts gifted,
Test review

Class #6

Test on information from first 4 classes
Gifted simulation activity - "National School for the Gifted & Talented"

Class #7

Special needs gifted: gifted girls, handicapped gifted, minority gifted, disadvantaged gifted, culturally different gifted
Faces of Gifted pgs. 26-36, Teaching Tools for 21st Century pgs. 106-108, 160

Class #8

Gifted underachievers: Characteristics, causes, needs
Guidance and counseling for gifted students: Self confidence, career planning, goal setting, social skills, stress management
Motivating Underachievers pgs. 6-35, 73-86
Becoming an Achiever pgs. 11-44
Autonomous Learner Model pgs. 109-254

Class #9

Video viewing: "October Sky"
Working with parents of gifted, parenting the gifted, parent advocacy
Faces of Gifted pgs. 89-106, Teaching Tools for 21st Century pgs. 157-170

Class #10

Presentation of case studies in small groups
Written case study and all other written work due!

Course Requirements

Written case study of one gifted or potentially gifted student (May not be your own child!)

Creative and interesting oral presentation of case study to small group

Completion of outside readings and written assignments

Venn diagram or other graphic organizer comparing and contrasting high achievers and gifted students.

Documentation of presentation at a school faculty meeting, grade level meeting or department meeting on characteristics and identification of gifted students (May be done anytime after Oct. 7)

Attendance and class participation

One written test

Reflection paper on "October Sky"

Important note: 1, 4, 5 and 8 (above) are to be turned in on the last day of class. You may include all four of these in a notebook.

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! If assignments are not turned in on the due date, you will not get credit for taking the class.

Case Study Requirements

Your case study should be a comprehensive study of one gifted or potentially gifted child. Information for the case study should come from (but is not limited to) the following sources:

Your personal observations of the child
One or more interviews with the child
One or more interviews with the child's parent(s)
One or more interviews with teachers or other adults who have worked with the child in an educational setting
Interviews with siblings, babysitters, childcare workers, religious leaders, etc. if appropriate
Inofrmation in the childŐs cumulative records
Portfolios and/or work samples

The case study should include, but is not limited to, the following:

Description of the child and background information
Gifted characteristics of the child
Specific strengths and weaknesses
Procedures used to identify this child as gifted (if the child has not gone through gifted referral and screening procedures why not?)

Test scores and use of other assessments
Betts Profile of child
Multiple Intelligences
Learning style and/or learning modality
Special needs including social and emotional needs
Teacher characteristics best suited for this child
Educational options/programs best suited for this child
Conclusions about the nature and needs of gifted students from doing this case study

The case study needs to be typed and will be presented in a creative and interesting way to others in the class in a small group seminar in November. The written case study should contain examples, documentation and work samples.

The oral presentation to a small group of classmates should be approximately 20 minutes long. Plan for a 15 minute presentation with 5 minutes for discussion and questions.

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