Mathematically talented students often show an early interest in and facility with numbers. For example, they may learn to tell time at age two and begin adding and subtracting long before they enter kindergarten. Anecdotes shared by parents about their precocious youngsters are helpful in identifying these students initially, but the objective information determined from an appropriate assessment is essential in determining the extent of their abilities and providing them with a challenging … [Read more...] about Developing Mathematical Talent: Advice to Parents
For years acceleration has been misunderstood and has been the least accepted intervention for highly capable students. Finally, A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students, a national report that provides key findings from 50 years of research, shows that acceleration is the most effective intervention for these students academically, emotionally, and socially. … [Read more...] about The Verdict is In: Acceleration Works
Duke TIP: Which delivery models are most prevalent among gifted programs in the United States today? Joyce VanTassel-Baska: The models have not changed much in the past 25 years. At the elementary level, the pull-out model, in which gifted students are assigned to a class with a special curricular focus outside the regular classroom for two to six hours per week, is still predominant. Full-time, self-contained programs for the gifted still remain an option as center-based, … [Read more...] about Program Delivery Models for the Gifted
Many parents of the gifted provide their children with outside opportunities for challenging, accelerated learning. Supplemental courses of high quality have never been more engaging or available through so many venues. Computer-based or online courses, independent-learning and correspondence programs, and university-sponsored classes held on college campuses are offered on a wide assortment of subjects, many of which may not be available in the children’s school … [Read more...] about Getting Credit When It’s Due
During the elementary years a close connection between home and school can result in positive interpersonal, emotional, and intellectual development for the child. Parents and school personnel are dedicated to the educational well-being of children, but they represent different perspectives. When working together, they will find it helpful to have a sense of each other’s roles and responsibilities. … [Read more...] about Families and Schools: Partnership and Collaboration
Should gifted five-year-olds skip kindergarten and enter the first grade? Or can they benefit from developmental activities like storytelling, block building, painting, music, and finger plays in kindergarten? … [Read more...] about Go to the Head of the Class?