It is a stunning and tragic statistic that as many as half of gifted students go unidentified in our schools every year. These students are being underserved and we, as a nation, are missing out on the talents and abilities they have to offer. In this course James Webb explains why so many of these students are slipping through the cracks and teaches how to recognize them and how to serve them. He gives guidance for recognizing the the characteristics of those gifted students who may not be performing well academically and helping them to reach their full potential as well as offering solutions to the painfully inadequate model for gifted programming in use in most schools currently. The insights available in this course will prove essential to any teacher or administrator seeking to better serve their gifted students
In this course you will learn:
- Why so many gifted students slip through the cracks every year
- How to identify gifted students even if they are underperforming academically
- How to serve the individual needs of unique students
- Why one-size-fits-all programs are not adequate for serving the gifted population
- Why the “upper 3%” definition of gifted is arbitrarily narrow
- Why the term “gifted’ may not be the best descriptor for this population
- Why being a “nerd” can be a positive experience
- Why there is more to giftedness than mere intellect.
- Strategies for programs that better serve gifted students.
- The importance of motivation
- How to recognize different learning styles
- The four factors that most influence giftedness
- The factors that can inhibit or enhance abilities
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, and 5.5.
James T. Webb, Ph.D., is a nationally-recognized psychologist, author and consultant on the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented children. Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Inc.) in 1981 and he currently serves as the chair of their Professional Advisory Committee. He is also the president of Great Potential Press, Inc. Dr. Webb graduated from Rhodes College, and received his doctorate degree from the University of Alabama.