Statistics show that approximately 10% of our students are gifted.
How do we identify a gifted student?
The most common way a gifted student is identified is through assessment. This often includes standardized test results such as NAPLAN and pre-assessment data. This also often includes checklists that a parent or a teacher can conduct on a student to determine areas of talent. Assessment does not always mean exams or tests though. Often asking a student to use higher-order thinking skills and create or evaluate something is just as effective.
Strategies for teaching gifted students
Along with differentiating the curriculum and encouraging mistakes, here are some more strategies that might help gifted students reach their full potential.
- Flexible grouping: you may already group students based on ability for reading or for maths but you could group them based on passion or interest for subjects such as science or for project work.
- Acceleration: this could mean accessing the next grade’s curriculum and resources for maths if a student shows particular giftedness in this area. It could also mean grade acceleration, which means that the student could potentially move up a grade or simply be working on tasks that are from the next year’s curriculum.
- Passion projects: a great way to combat boredom is to have a passion project that students could be working on whenever they have completed a task. Gifted students are often fast finishers as well. Giving them something they are passionate about to work on during this time will prevent them from getting bored and becoming disruptive.