Students who have been identified as gifted or talented often present classroom teachers with unexpected challenges. Conversely, teachers are often surprised to discover that students whose classroom behavior is less than ideal are frequently highly intelligent, talented people. While untrained responses to these students can result in strained relationships, teachers who understand "how gifted kids are wired" can often help them achieve remarkable results.

TeachersFirst developed this site to help classroom teachers and other educators better recognize and serve students with high intellectual abilities – either in specific areas or generally. The individualized techniques that can accomplish this are often similar to those used when adapting instruction to meet other individualized needs.

The following pages offer strategies for identifying gifted and talented students, responding to their needs, and managing specific issues or problems which may arise in working with these students. As with most education topics, there is no single "right answer" for helping gifted students excel. Circumstance, available resources, and individual situations will all have an impact on your choices. The results can be some of the most rewarding of your career.

From here, you may want to explore the following areas:

What is giftedness, anyway? – An introduction to characteristics of gifted students and ways to approach these students successfully

How to spot a Gifted Student – a look at some of the behaviors – both positive and negative – that gifted students sometimes exhibit.

Teaching Strategies for Gifted Students – Working with gifted students in the regular classroom.

Web Resources for Working with Gifted Students – Our collection of the best web sites.

Specific Issues surrounding Gifted Education

A collection of reference digests from the ERIC clearinghouse. Each includes discussion, references, and suggestions for further reading.

Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

Nurturing Social Emotional Development of Gifted Children

Developing Leadership in Gifted Youth

ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted – Is this child gifted, ADHD, or both??

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom

Gifted and Disabled – Special Challenges

Gifted Education and Legal Rights

Assessing Giftedness in Bilingual Hispanic Students




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