Gifted and Talented Educational Services. They’re Not Just Gifted On Thursdays!. Defining Giftedness. There are many definitions of the gifted. The federal definition has transformed over the years. The most recent definition that appears in the No Child Left Behind Act states:
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They’re Not Just Gifted On Thursdays!
“The term 'gifted and talented', when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.” (Section 9101(22)) (Page 544)
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At Northwest I.S.D., the education of identified gifted students is based on the following six areas of emphasis:
The student uses a variety of approaches to solve problems; develops thoughtful questions; plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and presents solutions
The student demonstrates skills of complex thinking; sees relationships; examines facts and variables; makes deductions based on logical reasoning.
The student uses divergent thinking; sees things in new and different ways. The student shows fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration in generating and presenting ideas.
The student asks open-ended research questions and develops a plan for answering them; gathers information from relevant sources; clarifies research questions and evaluates/synthesizes collected information; purposefully organizes and presents ideas/conclusions.
The student organizes time and work; uses a variety of resources; sets high standards of quality; completes self-directed learning; develops innovative products and performances.
The student communicates effectively; listens actively; participates effectively in a group.
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Revised August 2011