Saturday, June 26, 2010

Characteristics of Gifted Children

From, thus is a good summary of traits common in gifted & talented children.
The links within this article are also very interesting, in particular Dabrowski's Excitables.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mensa considering seperate schools for gifted children

Printed on May 30, 2010

"Some schools do have departments for advanced kids, but often this just means getting them through their schooling quicker, with no great advantage to the community or the student," Mr Vats said."

Visit the Herald Sun for more on this story.

New Zealand - Question & Answer Time

Always good to keep up with what is happening in other countries too.

From the Scoop NZ website

Education, Associate Minister—Statements on Gifted and Talented Students

7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Labour—Hutt South) to the Associate Minister of Education: Does she stand by the statement in her blog about Gifted Awareness Week that gifted and talented students are “often overlooked as the attention of parents, politicians and teaching professionals is often drawn to students who are getting into trouble or underachieving”; if so, what is she doing about it?
Hon BILL ENGLISH (Acting Minister of Education) on behalf of the Associate Minister of Education: Yes. The Ministry of Education is currently working with three providers to ensure continued improvement for gifted and talented students. The ministry is developing a range of online tools to support teachers so they can plan effective learning programmes for those students,
and they can be easily integrated into the classroom. The Associate Minister of Education has also established an independent advisory group to provide her with independent advice about how to incorporate international best evidence into provision for gifted and talented students in New Zealand.

Hon Trevor Mallard: Does she agree with the Education Review Office’s assertion in its 2008 report on gifted education that schools providing well for their gifted learners have had ongoing, indepth professional development support; if so, why has the advisory and professional learning support for teachers in gifted and talented education been cut?

Hon BILL ENGLISH: The steps I outlined in answer to the substantive question are the steps that the Associate Minister and the ministry have taken in response to the Education Review Office report, which said that about 50 percent of schools were found to be either somewhat or not appropriate or responsive in the provision for gifted and talented students.

Hon Trevor Mallard: In light of her concern about gifted and talented students being overlooked, why do the national standards not acknowledge students who are well above the standard as they acknowledge those who are well below it?

Hon BILL ENGLISH: That is one of the reasons why the Associate Minister has moved to make some changes in the support of gifted and talented students. It is important that those changes are integrated with national standards.

Hon Trevor Mallard: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. It was a very specific question. The question part of it asked why the national standards do not acknowledge students who are well above standard, when they acknowledge those well below standard.

Mr SPEAKER: I must say I thought the Acting Minister of Education, in answering on behalf of the Associate Minister, said that changes were being made to the national standards policy to meet the needs of gifted students. I thought that was exactly what the Minister said in his answer.

Kids' Worksheets and Printables |

Kids' Worksheets and Printables |

An American Website, provides some great worksheets for you to print off, categorised into grade levels.
My son LOVES these :)

Gifted Education Professional Development Package

View the Gifted Education Professional Development Package

Designed for teachers, these modules contain an overview of current research about particular areas of gifted education. This research, in plain language, is illustrated by cartoons, case studies and examples of how it can be applied in the mainstream classroom.

Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC)
Professor Miraca U.M. Gross
Caroline Merrick
Ruth Targett
Dr Graham Chaffey
Bronwyn MacLeod
Stan Bailey
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Published : 2005

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education

It seems that no matter where we are, there are the same issues.