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- 1. GIFTED STUDENTS EPSE 317
2. This is the story of Maurice: 3.
- Maurice is 8 years old
- He attends a regular grade 3 class at Blueberry Elementary School in Castlegar
- He lives with his Mom, Felicia, who is a wholistic nutritional and lifestyle consultant
- His Dad (Ed) and his little brother (Charlie), who is 6, live up the road in New Denver
- Ed works as a heavy equipment mechanic for the Ministry of Highways
- Maurice spends weekends with Ed and Charlie.
- Maurice likes his time with Ed and Charlie although they have different ideas of a good time
- Ed and Charlie enjoy dirt biking and hunting, and are fans of the Calgary Flames
- Maurice doesnt really care much for hockey;he reads, lots, and likes to watch documentary programs on TV.
- Last year he went to a drama summer camp and played the role of Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream.Everyone said he was brilliant.
- Still, Maurice, Ed and Charlie get along well and like one another a lot.
6. Maurice HATES School
- He begs his mom to let him stay home almost every day.
- Hes never liked his teachers, and they dont really seem to like him.
- His classmates say hes weird.
7. Stuff hes good at and likes
- Last summer Maurice took part in a drama summer camp near Nelson.
- They staged Midsummer Nights Dream,
- Everyone said Maurices Puck was just brilliant.
8. Hes learning to play chess
- And can beat anyone in Castlegar by now
- Mr. Jock, Maurices teacher this year, is concerned about Maurice.
- Hes taught in Castlegar for thirty years and never met anyone like Maurice.
- When Mr. J comes into the classroom, Maurice not only doesnt meet his eye, he turns away in apparent contempt.
- And hes a show-off.He asks questionsespecially in sciencethat Mr. J cant answer.
10. And Penmanship!
- Mr. Jock has always valued tidy penmanship.
- He wont accept any assignment unless it has clear margins and neat handwriting.
- Maurices work is always sloppy, so Mr. Jock fails everything he does.
- Maurices mom has asked if he could use a computer, but Mr. J. thinks he shouldnt have that privilege until he learns to be neater.
11. Is Mauricea Special Needs Student?
- Mr. Jock has suggested that Maurice be identified as a student with a behaviour disorder.
- Theres a special class in Nelson he could be bussed to.
- The district requires psychological testing before that designation is applied.
12. Test results:
- Cant compute full-scale IQ because there is too big a difference between Maurices verbal and nonverbal abilities:
- Nonverbal 120
- Psychologist also noted a significant disability in visual motor integration, but equally and more significantly areas of giftedness.
13. Should Maurice be in Gifted Programming?
- Psychologist urges he be in an enriched program.
- Mom agrees, and Maurice seems interested.
- Mr. Jock and Ms. Ticht, the school principal, say he can move into the program (also in Nelson), when he learns to print neatly and behave respectfully.
14. Is this fair?
- Maurice is very disappointed and angry.
- He doesnt like being required to do something he finds impossible (neat printing) as a condition of receiving an appropriate education.
- He is increasingly rude and belligerent in his classroom and openly contemptuous of Mr. Jock and Ms. Ticht.
- Maurice wants to stay home and write a novel:
- Hes started writing a play that he wants to produce at the summer camp next year.
- Its about a brilliant eight-year old who saves the world from an invasion of ape-like creatures called Jocks
- Maurices behaviour is starting to disturb his classmates.
- Hes been seen by a child psychiatrist who has suggested he be medicated to improve his behaviour.
- His mom has upped his dosage of fish oilit hasnt helped yet.
17. Gifted:a debatable term
- By Ministry of Education definition:
- A student is considered gifted when she/he possesses demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of exceptionally high capability with respect to intellect, creativity, or the skills associated with specific disciplines.
- Students who are gifted often demonstrate outstanding abilities in more than one area.
- They may demonstrate extraordinary intensity of focus in their particular areas of talent or interest.
- However, they may also have accompanying disabilities and should not be expected to have strengths in all areas of intellectual functioning.
18. How is a Gifted Student Identified?
- District practice varies but should include:
- Teacher observations
- Records of student achievement
- Nominations by educators, parents, peers and/or self
- Interview of parents and students
- Formal psychological assessments of cognitive ability, achievement, aptitude and creativity.
- Should be culturally sensitive (discuss)
19. Districts vary in their supports for Gifted Students
- Special classrooms
- Pull-out programs
- Summer programs
- Enriched programs within regular classroom
- Accelerated programsstudent advanced a grade
- Options other than those offered within education system
- No supplementary funding available for students within this designation.
- Failure to support may move student into behavioural/mental health category.
21. What does Giftedness Look Like?
- Can be globalstudent is good at all academic subjects
- Sometimes socially very skilled, sometimes not.
- Can be specific to one arealanguage, math, art
22. What is Intelligence?
- Often presented as ga global characteristic that describes a persons ability to learn, remember, and use information to problem solve.
- Measured by IQ tests
- VIQ (verbal)
- PIQ (spatial)
- Working Memory
- Speed of Processing
- Is this culturally biased?
23. Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences
24. Renzullis Three Ring Model 25. Assumption
- Envision a gifted child:What race is s/he?
- What economic bracket do his/her parents fall into?
- What is his/her future like?
- Are his/her parents proud and supportive?
- Specialist teachers of gifted children are extra intelligent and skilled teachers.
- Are gifted children happy?
26. The Good News about Giftedness: Students May
- Express ideas and feelings well
- Learn at a rapid pace
- Work conscientiously
- Be eager to learn, explore and seek additional information
- Develop broad knowledge
- Be sensitive to the feelings and rights of others
- Make original and stimulating contributions to discussions
- See relationships easily
- Use reading skills to obtain new information
- Require little drill for learning
- Contribute to enjoyment of life for self and others
28. The Bad News: Students May
- Be glib, making fluent statements without basis
- Dominate discussions
- Be impatient to move to next level of task
- Be nosy
- Choose reading at the expense of participation in activities
- Struggle against rules, regulations, and standardised procedures
- Become bored by repetition
- Be manipulative and sarcastic
- Lose interest quickly
- Be diagnosed as hyperactive
29. Academic Intelligence
- Does not mean a student is emotionally mature
- Student may have no patience with teachers or classmates