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1 Welcome To GATE Parent Information Night Presented by : Julie Williams, Fremont Unified School District GATE Program Specialist

2 Who Are The Gifted? According to the National Association of Gifted Children: Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.

3 Who Are The Gifted? Levels of giftedness: Moderately Gifted full scale IQ of 130 is the cut off Highly Gifted IQ above 140 Profoundly Gifted IQ above 170 Less than 5% of the population are gifted May be gifted in one area only No one child exhibits all of the characteristics Gifted does not guarantee academic success

4 Bright vs. Gifted A Bright Learner Knows the answer Is interested Has good ideas Works hard Answers the questions Is in the top group Listens with interest Requires 6-8 repetitions for mastery Understands ideas A Gifted Learner Asks the questions Is highly curious Has innovative, out-of-thebox ideas Plays around, yet tests well Discusses in detail, elaborates Goes beyond the group Shows strong feelings and opinions Requires 1-2 repetitions for mastery Constructs abstractions

5 Bright vs. Gifted A Bright Learners Enjoys peers Grasps the meaning Completes assignments Is receptive Enjoys school Absorbs information Is a technician Is a good memorizer Is alert Is pleased with own learning A Gifted Learner Prefers adults Draws inferences Initiates projects Is intense Enjoys learning Manipulates information Is an inventor Is a good guesser Is keenly observant Is highly self-critical

6 Characteristics Of Gifted Intellectual Research ability Academic acceleration Intellectual curiosity Rapid learning rate Abstract reasoning Vivid imagination Passion for learning Moral concerns Concentration Keen sense of justice Analytical thinking Personality Insightful I-N-T-E-N-S-E Need to understand Need for mental articulation Perfectionism Keen sense of humor Perseverance Empathy and sensitivity Active self-awareness Question rules/authority Non-conformity

7 Twice-Exceptional Experts estimate that 2-5% upwards to 20% of students may be twice exceptional What is twice exceptional? What type of learning disabilities? 1. Academic skills: students excel in one or more academic areas but perform poorly in another. 2. ADD or ADHD: attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, impulsive or distracting behavior interferes with the student s ability to access the curriculum or their gifted talents

8 GATE Identification CogAT test Tests only intellectual abilities Verbal, Quantitative, Non-Verbal, Sub-tests requires (one area) 99% Composite must be 98%

9 Identification Categories Intellectual Cognitive ability testing Specific Academic CST scores Professional Judgment Multiple criteria Leadership Out of District

10 Areas of Intelligence Linguistic Mathematical-Logical Musical Bodily-Kinesthetic Spatial Intrapersonal Interpersonal Naturalist

11 Third Grade Testing All 3 rd graders are encouraged to take test Opt-in: parent permission needed by December 10, 2010 Test measures a student s potential to learn Tested in February and March at the school site Tutoring is not recommended Results are mailed home in June

12 Fourth and Fifth Grade Testing Those not tested in third grade or those new to our district Parent or teacher must send in a request to be tested (Parent Nomination form) Test measures a student s potential to learn Tested either on Saturday, March 12 or March 19, 2011 at the District office Tutoring is not recommended Results are mailed home in June

13 My Child Qualified: What Now? Elementary School Happens during the school day! Placed in a GATE cluster GATE Certified teacher Offered differentiated curriculum

14 Cluster Grouping What are clusters? Clusters of 5-10 GATE students in a classroom are placed with GATE certified teachers

15 GATE Certification Teachers receive extensive training in meeting the needs of the gifted GATE and the law GATE characteristics Social emotional needs Differentiation

16 Differentiation Providing learning opportunities that are compatible with each student s needs. Primary purpose of GATE differentiated instruction: CHALLENGE and INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION

17 Differentiated Instruction Student Centered Best Practices Different approach: NOT MORE OR LESS A way of thinking and planning A blend of whole-class, small group, and individual instruction

18 Reasons to Differentiate Readiness Ability Interests Learning Styles - Multiple Intelligences

19 Dimensions of Differentiation Acceleration/Pacing Depth Complexity Novelty

20 Acceleration and Pacing Moving students faster through the curriculum and not expecting them to do what they already know what to do.

21 Depth Having students become true experts in a given area; giving them an opportunity to find out about certain subjects in great detail.

22 Complexity Exploring the connections and relationships between things, comparing and contrasting

23 Novelty Allowing students to exhibit their creativity in the creation of original projects that challenge their thinking in new and unusual ways.

24 Ways to Differentiate Process/Activities Scholarly Habits High Order Thinking Skills Open-ended Questioning Extension Menus Tiered Activities

25 Ways to Differentiate Product Write and Illustrate Own Books Socratic Seminars and Debates Presentations, Videos, Speeches Posters Projects: Models, Dioramas, Portfolios Possibilities are limitless! Subject to teacher approval.

26 Ways to Differentiate Assessment Rubrics Observation Conferencing Projects- Choices

27 This is NOT Differentiation Student receives additional work of same difficulty Student taught what he already knows Student assigned work that demands only lower level thinking skills Student spends much time assisting less able peers Student s assignments designed for older children.

28 What if My Child Does Not Qualify Specific Academic 2 out of last three years scores English Language Arts and Math only Professional Judgment Two year waiting period Multiple criteria Committee decision

29 Honors Classes Junior/Senior High Level Algebra in 7 th grade based CST/grades, and placement test Many and varied classes What is best for the child

30 Honors Curriculum Differentiated from Core curriculum Curriculum objectives reflect higherlevel critical thinking and problem solving Lesson incorporate one or more of the following dimensions: Depth Complexity Novelty Acceleration of pacing

31 Advanced Placement College curriculum Much information to cover Not differentiated AP testing College limits Make careful choices

32 Your Best Source of Information: FUSD website: resources/gate TGIF Parent Group: Website:

33 Other Resources CAG NAGC: Gifted Communicator Magazine GATE library at the District Office Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search EPGY at Stanford

34 Questions?

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