Today one of my pod besties posted this on my Facebook wall. Since we are both teachers of Talented and Gifted students, we are constantly sharin' articles, newsletters, etc. about Gifted. Obviously, the title grabbed me immediately and I just had to read to find out....are we failin' gifted students?
At my school, we have seven Gifted endorsed teachers that provide Gifted services from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The pod I live in(no, I don't really live there, but it's my second home) houses full time TAG classes in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Every year our program changes a little dependin' on the students, but after teachin' inclusion classes, regular classes, and TAG classes, I can say, "Hands down, Gifted is my favorite!" This article really spoke volumes to me and I wanted to share for any of you teachers out there that also specialize in Gifted students or have a Gifted student in your classroom. The article is linked below. Go on...read it!
I loved the five "C's" in this article. I have already written them down as a constant reminder to myself to practice these with my lil' rockstars...more than I already do.
I have been so blessed to be chosen to be a Gifted teacher for the past several years. I can honestly say that there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not personally challenged or learnin' something new from my students. They definitely keep me on my toes and help me strive to be innovative, creative, and thoughtful in my plannin'. I know this isn't just something that happens because I'm a Gifted teacher. I feel strongly that all teachers feel this way...no matter their specialty.