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.
Introductory activities, Historical overview
Definitions of giftedness, Intelligence and giftedness, multiple
Teaching Tools for 21st Century pgs. 58-71, 133-134
Autonomous Learner Model pgs. 16-20, 90-94
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
Six Profiles of Gifted & Talented, Learning styles &
Traits of highly creative children, Problems of gifted
Faces of Gifted pgs. 50-65, Teaching Tools for the 21st Century pgs.
Autonomous Learner Model pgs. 29-34
Case study presentations by former gifted endorsement class members
Issues in gifted identification: Equity vs excellence, High achiever
Identification procedures, Peer identification, Visual/performing arts
Test on information from first 4 classes
Gifted simulation activity - "National School for the Gifted &
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.
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
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.
Presentation of case studies in small groups
Written case study and all other written work due!
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
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
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.