Sunday, May 17, 2009
Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, Part 1
I have had so many parents comment lately about their gifted kids who are in a regular classroom. Often, children who are fortunate enough to be identified as gifted have little else done for them after identification. Very few schools have self contained programs, and many do not even have a pull out program. A pull out program services your child for only a few hours a day or a few hours a week.
But what about the rest of the time?
Gifted children are gifted ALL the time. Just ask their parents. They don't stop being gifted when they go back to their classroom or when they go home. This is who they are, it's not something that they do or that they turn on or off.
I thought we'd spend some time talking about what do we do now that we know kids are gifted? What can parents advocate for and teachers do?
In the coming week, I will give you tips and suggestions. These are real, practical and personal strategies that work for gifted children in a gifted or a regular classroom. I know they work because I have done them and currently do them in my classroom. I won't ask you to do anything that I myself am unwilling to do. . . Please, join me for a week of learning how to help our gifted children not just survive, but thrive in school.
Tomorrow, we will take a look at curriculum compacting- how to cover the most amount of information with the least amount of repetition. . .