Differentiated Instruction with Multiple Intelligences
March 18, 2013
When speaking of “gifted and talented” children, we think of musical prodigies, exceptional mathematicians, or young scientific geniuses. Are these definitions very accurate? Do gifted children face any problems?
Gifted and talented (the two words are used together) students are defined as “persons of exceptional promise whose capabilities predict contributions of lasting merit in widely varying fields” (Kidsource.com). Gifted and talented students come from all backgrounds, economic levels and ethnic groups. Their talents and abilities for high achievement are so exceptional that they require special programs to meet their educational needs (Kidsource.com).
While academic achievement and a love of learning are two of the most common criteria used to define gifted and talented students, there are other signs as well. The indicators include an advanced language development, comprehension, and a sophisticated thought processes that is developed at an early age.
Obviously, gifted and talented students excel in most all areas. There are many myths about gifted and talented students. Some of those include these beliefs
1. gifted students are all part of a homogenous group
2. gifted students don’t need help
3. their futures are assured
4. they are self-directed and confident
5. they are naturally creative and don’t need encouragement
None of these is true; gifted students are still just students, they may be very bright, they are still teenagers, still wrestling with the same social and emotional problems that most teens face. Although they...