Clinton Community SD
FAQ for Parents and Teachers with Gifted Students
Q. Should gifted students be with students their own age? A. Not always. Parents, teachers, and administrators worry that groups of multi-age children will struggle with exploitation, intimidation, and inappropriate modeling. In studies, it is clear that gifted students need opportunity to be together with their intellectual peers, no matter what their age differences.
Q. Should gifted students be integrated in with their classmates the entire day? A. Again, not always. Some people claim that if we allow gifted students to only interact with students of their same intellect, they will be unable to interact with other people later in life, and that this would cause them emotional distress later in life. Children have many opportunities to socialize with other students and people outside of school.
Q. Are my students/children going to be made fun of for being gifted? A. Most of the time students are not ridiculed for being gifted. This worry is usually based on parents or teachers worries about their own acceptance growing up.
Q. What is acceleration, and is it offered in our school district? A. Acceleration is allowing a gifted to student to continue on with the curriculum at an accelerated pace. This option is always available for discussion. It is used in very rare cases.
Q. How can I, as a parent, extend my gifted child’s learning experience? A. Parents can do many things to instill a love of learning in their child and nurture his or her interests. Check with area museums, libraries, colleges and universities, and educational organizations to determine opportunities that might be available to your child during the summer, after school, or on weekends.
Q. What does differentiation look like, and how can I be assured that my child is receiving appropriate instruction matched to his or her abilities? A. Differentiation is the modification of the curriculum assessments to better meet the needs of students. Activities should be open-ended and allow for student choice. They should include opportunities for high level thinking, discovery, reasoning, and group interaction.
Q. What are some characteristics of giftedness? A. An extreme need for constant knowledge, the ability to learn and process new information quickly, a need to understand the why and how along with the what, curious, endless questions, the ability to focus on a topic of interest for a long period of time, the inability to focus on a topic that is not intellectually stimulating for the student, underachievement because they want to fit in
Q. How many gifted students really are there? A. Honestly, no one really knows. Statistics estimate about 1 in every 1,000 have an IQ about 145.
Q. When is the best time for a child to be tested for giftedness? A. The best time to test a child is between the ages of four and nine. The younger the child the more revealing the results are.