At what age should a student be tested?

When a child should be referred and possibly tested is determined by the school and the parent. It is important that the student’s educational needs are being met. Often, by identifying a student and completing the necessary steps in the identification process, the school and parents can gain a greater understanding of the educational needs of the child.

How can I find a psychologist?

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How can I find out if a student in my class is gifted?

Schools generally use a multifaceted approach to identify giftedness. Many schools will use a series of tests and observations to assist in determining the educational needs of a student. IQ tests are commonly used as part of the identification process. Students who score in the top 2%, or with an IQ of around 130, are usually considered for gifted programs. Checklists of traits observed by teachers and parents are often used.

How do I differentiate for gifted students in my classroom?

A differentiated classroom offers a variety of learning options designed to tap into different readiness levels, interests, and learning profiles. Four characteristics shape teaching and learning in an effective differentiated classroom (Tomlinson, 1995):

1. Instruction is concept focused and principle driven.

2. On-going assessment of student readiness and growth is built into the curriculum.

3. Flexible grouping is consistently used. In a differentiated class, students work in many patterns.

4. Students are active explorers. Teachers guide the exploration.

Source: Tomlinson, C. (1995). How to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Is a student who is gifted a straight “A” student?

Gifted students are not necessarily straight “A” students. Straight “A’ students are not always gifted. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, not all gifted students have strengths in all academic domains. There are many who may excel in only one or two areas. Some students may qualify for gifted services but may also have a disability that interferes with their ability to perform well in certain curricular areas. Students may also be underachieving for a wide variety of other environmental reasons such as peer pressure.

What type of education do gifted children need?

A school with a gifted education program will typically incorporate some ability grouping, acceleration strategies and an appropriately differentiated curriculum. It is also important to consider learning styles, relative strengths and weaknesses and the interests of the student. Differentiating the curriculum includes incorporating a focus on higher order critical and creative thinking skills.