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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gifted Services

Rachel Denbo, Resource Teacher for the Gifted

Drew Model School 
Rachel.Denbo@apsva.us
 

Denbo
 


Overview of Gifted Services in Arlington Public Schools

 

       Arlington Public Schools is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Believing that each and every individual has merit, we recognize that certain learners within the school population have unique abilities, interests, needs and potential for accomplishment. These characteristics necessitate systematic, continuous services to present unique and appropriately differentiated curricula and learning opportunities responsive to individual learning rates, styles, and interests. Gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities.

 

For information on Arlington Public School's Gifted Services, visit:

 
 

 How Can a Resource Teacher for the Gifted Benefit Our School?

On a school-wide level, the Resource Teacher for the Gifted helps to:

·         Coordinate the gifted identification process for students who are referred for services

·         Provide staff development about gifted education, differentiation, critical and creative thinking, etc.

·         Serve as Gifted Services liaison

·         Disseminate information to staff about gifted conferences / workshops

·         Oversee the application process for gifted summer programs

 

A Gifted Resource Teacher can benefit teachers by helping to:

·         Plan/collaborate on lesson or unit development

·         Provide and model strategies for differentiating curriculum and instruction for highly able and identified gifted students

·         Gather resources to supplement and extend classroom lessons

·         Teach whole-class "thinking tools" lessons specific to applicable topics

·         Instruct small groups for special projects or extension lessons

·         Help coordinate class activities, field trips, or speakers

·         Provide support for parent contacts and conferences

 

A Gifted Resource Teacher can benefit students and parents by working to:

·         Assist with the needs of individual students

·         Provide guidance regarding summer programs

·         Inform families about community resources and opportunities

·         Communicate with parents about gifted services
 

What are some creative thinking techniques we use with students?

 Resources

 

Creative Problem Solving Process

http://members.optusnet.com.au/charles57/Creative/Brain/cps.htm

 

Mindmapping

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map

 

Plus-Minus-Interesting (PMI)

http://suite101.com/article/pmi---a-strategy-for-improving-thinking-in-the-classroom-a297023

 

Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, Elaboration

http://www.casenex.com/casenet/frontPages/ysRC/resources/Strategy_Explanations_and_Introductions/Introduction_to_Fluency_Originality_Flexibility_and_Elabor.pdf

 

Higher-Level Questioning

http://www.med.wright.edu/sites/default/files/aa/facdev/_Files/PDFfiles/QuestionTemplates.pdf

 

Critical Thinking Skills

http://www.wikihow.com/Teach-Critical-Thinking

 

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2011/11/response_several_ways_to_teach_critical_thinking_skills.html


S.C.A.M.P.E.R.

http://www.brainstorming.co.uk/tutorials/scampertutorial.html


deBono's Hats

http://www.debonogroup.com/six_thinking_hats.php

 

 
For Parents:
 

Information on Giftedness at the Parent Resource Center (PRC)

http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1864

 

Parenting Gifted Students

http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1865

 

Definitions Related to Gifted Students and Differentiation

http://www.apsva.us/cms/lib2/VA01000586/Centricity/Domain/62/definitions.pdf

 

Information on Gifted Underachievers

Gifted Underachievers Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 For Teachers:

 
Elementary Online Resources and Lessons
 
Gifted Literature Units
 
 
 
 
Last Modified on January 29, 2014