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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

9. Worries

  • 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:
    • Verbal180
    • 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

  • Logical-Mathematical
  • Linguistic
  • Musical
  • Spatial
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic

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