This week, there has been a speaker come into my school to discuss gifted students in the classroom. I was fascinated with what I have heard that gifted students can do. I have heard a story that there was a 5th grader that criticized a college student’s term paper. I have heard of high school students who invented a cast to help people recover from broken bones faster (it had something to do with adding electrodes, I think).
And yet, there are students who are considered gifted that do not get services. Seriously. We provide students who are falling behind the opportunity to catch up with his or her peers, but for those who have already mastered the content well before it was presented in class, we just make them sit there bored to death. It would be like telling a college student that he needed to sit in a 7th grade classroom because there is nothing else for him to do. Except that college student is in 7th grade and there isn’t anything else for him to do. That has got to be frustrating.
Here in Ohio, school districts are required to identify students who are gifted. That’s it. They don’t have to do anything about the giftedness, they just have to show that they have gifted students. I feel like that’s not enough. Yes, it’s great that we identify our best and brightest. However, just identifying them doesn’t do enough for these students.
These gifted students can do great things at a very young age and set them on the road to success if we give them the opportunity to.
Here are a couple things that I can think of if you have a gifted student in your class. These will all depend on the personality of the student you have.
Can you think of other ways to get gifted students involved in your classroom? I would love to know!