Talented and Gifted Students


Gifted children should be stretched like elastic- carefully, so as not to lose the bounce!
-Jenny Green (Stretching the gifted reader)


Talented and gifted students (TAG) are students who perform at a higher than normal level without much effort. These students often get bored in school because they are not challenged by the information they are taught. These students require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school.

I picked this topic because I get extremely sad when I hear about intelligent students dropping out of school because they thought it was boring and a waste of their time. I was identified as a TAG student when I was younger and the educational system failed. Thankfully, I did not drop out of school, but I was often really bored in class. Looking back, I think I could have learned a lot more if I had been challenged by my teachers. Throughout my k-12 educational career, only two teachers acknowledged that I was a TAG student. Instead of giving me different, more challenging work, these teachers just gave me more of the same work. I hated being considered talented because of this.

I came into this research project with the hope to learn more about TAG students in general and to learn how a classroom teacher can help motivate and challenge these bright students. I wanted to learn tricks and strategies that didn’t take a ton of time to implement.

5 things I learned:
1. 20 percent of U.S. school dropouts test in the gifted range.
2. Some gifted students also have learning or other disabilities. These “twice-exceptional” students often go undetected in regular classrooms because
their disability and gifts mask each other, making them appear “average.” Other twice-exceptional students are identified as having a learning disability
and as a result, are not considered for gifted services (http://www.nagc.org/commonmyths.aspx)
3. TAG students learn the least during a school year when compared to the rest of the student population.
4. Giftedness in the population ranges from 3 to 5 percent.
5. Marylou Kelly Streznewski, author of Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential, reports that 20% of the prison population is gifted.

Take a look (they are in order of how informative/useful I think they are):

1.If you only look at one thing on my wiki page look at this! I found this PowerPoint on slideshare.net. It describes the characteristics of a gifted student. It does an excellent job comparing bright students to gifted students and explains/illustrates what a gifted students looks like throughout their educational career. In addition it describes the different types of gifted learners. This PowerPoint is a great place to start getting some background information on the topic! 5/5

2. ODE TAG Website:
This website contains resources and support materials for districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students are included. This is a very helpful website that can answer a lot of parent/teacher questions. It has a lot of information; you just have to explore the site. 4/5

3.I found this video on YouTube. It discusses the top 10 myths in gifted education. Along with stating common myths associated with educating gifted students, it dispels the myths with up-to-date research. It is pretty cheesy but has a lot of good information.4/5

4.I found this PowerPoint on slideshare.net. It take a look at motivation and gifted students. This PowerPoint gives reasons why a student may be underachieving and a great visual of what a TAG student’s achievement level looks like throughout the school year. It also gives different strategies and approaches to motivating these special learners. These strategies can be used on other students as well. 5/5

5.National Society for the Gifted Learner:
http://www.nsgt.org/index.asp This website is FULL of great resources! It has articles for teachers that give great, up-to-date research articles on teaching gifted students. It has a list of gifted programs around the U.S. There is also a list of scholarships available to TAG students. 4/5

6.I found this video on youtube.com. It is from a PBSNewshour show. The news show takes a look at how No Child Left Behind has affected gifted education. 4/5

7.http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edgifted.html. This website is full of creative and challenging lesson plans that are meant to stimulate TAG students. There are lessons for all grade levels. There are also links to other resources that teachers can benefit from. 4/5

8. I found this video on TeacherTube.com. The video looks at some teaching strategies used at Highhams Park School in North London to meet the need of talented and gifted students (upper grade students). The strategies are easy to implement in any classroom. 3/5

More Websites with lessons and activities that will challenge TAG students: