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Can you guess the gifted learner?
Sam, a 14 year old sophomore in college. Current major is Astrophysics
Kayla, a 13 year old straight A student with average critical thinking skills.
Roger, a 15 year old C/D student. He spends his free time programming and creating Apps to sell online.
Angelica a 10 year old student often withdrawn and quiet. However she is very artistic, creating musuem quality artwork.
Miguel, a 15 year old basketball player. Actively being recruited by top colleges.
Karrington, a 9 year old student who learned how to play the piano at 5. She also speaks 4 different languages.
Angelica, an 11 year old student whose been in the U.S. for just 2 years. Last year she received a perfect score on the Math FSA. However, she struggles with other classes due to limited language skills.
Gifted learners are classified as those with "high levels of abilities in 1 or more of the following areas: intellectual, specific academic, creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts" (Clark, 2013, pg.31). In the past, Sam, Kayla, and Karrington would have been tested for gifted. Although Kayla is a bright and studious young lady, she is not gifted. Miguel, a very talented basketball player is also not gifted. However, the other students are.
References Clark, Barbara (2013). Who Are the Gifted Learners? In Stephen D. Dragin et al. (Eds.), Growing Up Gifted (8th ed., pp. 31). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
As educators, we look beyond societal biases in seeking talented and gifted individuals. This allows us to look past Rogers grades and see him as a computer genius. We also can look beyond Angelica shy nature and view her as an accomplish artist. We can also look beyond Angelica's limited English skills and see her gift of numbers. This is the face of today's' gifted and talented students.
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