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Some teachers view gifted students as nuisances, while other teachers are intimidated by them. In truth, the effective instruction of gifted students requires a gifted teacher. This does not mean that the teacher has to be smarter, more talented or more able than the students. It means that the teacher must be able to teach in a gifted and intuitive manner.

Such a skilled teacher will help the student utilize his own giftedness and will channel resources and enhanced learning opportunities towards that student that will enlarge the student's natural gifts in ways that the students did not even realize existed. Such a teacher will push gifted students to higher personal standards rather than just giving them more work to do or forcing them to tutor other students who are less capable.

You work as a teacher and one of the children surprise you with an atypical vocabulary and/or the strong ability to solve complex problems quickly!
How do you identify, recognize, accept and utilize giftedness in your classroom?

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Tests
Test Name Version Ages

Stanford-Binet

L-M
IV
V

2 years to adult
2 years to adult
2 years to adult

Wechsler Intelligence
Scale for Children

III

6 years to 16 years, 11 months

Kaufman Assessment
Battery for Children

II

3 to 18 years

Woodcock-Johnson
Tests of Cognitive Ability

III

2 years to adult

Additional Advice

Giftedness is typically defined by scores at or above 130. Measures of IQ, the intelligence quotient, have historically been the primary means of identifying intellectually gifted children. Although additional identification methods have been adopted in recent decades, IQ tests retain a prominent role in determining appropriate educational settings for highly able students. The following is a brief introduction to IQ tests and IQ testing.

The highest possible score is known as the test’s ceiling, and students whose abilities fall at or above this level receive the same numerical rating even though their abilities are not identical. This “ceiling effect” often poses a problem for highly gifted students, because many standardized tests (including most intelligence tests) are designed to work best within three standard deviations of the average score.

One intelligence test that is sometimes recommended for this reason, even though it is outdated, is the Stanford-Binet, Form L-M. An experienced psychologist is aware of the issues that each particular test raises and can explain to parents the rationales, for selecting one test over another for the purpose of assessing their child.

Nearly all modern IQ tests have been developed in accordance with strict standards for technical adequacy and are quite suitable for determining whether your child meets local criteria for entering a gifted program.

They also provide information that can support your advocacy for appropriate educational services for your child.

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