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GATE Falcon Style. Nurturing the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children. Problems from Outside Sources. Lack of Understanding & Support creates significant problems.

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problems from outside sources
Problems from Outside Sources

Lack of Understanding & Support creates significant problems.

  • “Many people have unfair expectations of us. They even say, ‘If you’re gifted you should know this, or you should have gotten an A.” (11 year old girl)
  • “How can parents help gifted students? By lowering their expectations. That way they are always surprised.” (12 year old boy)
expectations by others
Expectations by Others
  • Gifted kids should be “perfect”.
  • Gifted kids often do not conform to the expectations of others, sometimes causing them discomfort.
  • Sensitive to others’ discomfort, the gifted child may try to hide abilities.
know the unique qualities of gifted kids in general and your child specifically
Know the Unique Qualities of Gifted Kids in General, and Your Child Specifically
  • Talk to your child. Find out what excites, encourages, frustrates her.
  • Make a list of your child’s strengths and weaknesses--then help your child use his strengths to balance any weaknesses in order to become successful.
help your child develop a realistic self concept
Help Your Child Develop a Realistic Self-Concept
  • Teach your child that being less than #1 is okay. Take risks. Failure promotes learning.
  • Make sure your child’s identity isn’t focused solely on “I’m GATE” or “I’m smart.” Character qualities count.
  • Teach your child to view his or her strengths and weaknesses realistically. Take risks…where failure won’t hurt overall goals.
help your child develop an inner locus of control
Help Your Child Develop an Inner Locus of Control
  • Help your child become self-motivated and able to accept responsibility for his or her own work and behaviors …Giant esteem booster.
  • Discourage the “victim of circumstances” mentality.
  • Teach the cause and effect relationship of behavior --don’t rescue.
student classes at ovms

MATH: Determined by student performance (not GATE identification)

LANGUAGE ARTS: Homogeneous GATE or Heterogeneous GATE (Cluster)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Not based on GATE identification

SCIENCE: Not based on GATE identification


Language Arts:

H-GATE and Cluster GATE

  • CONTENT— What is taught and learned?
  • PROCESS— How the content is taught and learned?
  • PRODUCT— What the student does to show evidence of what is learned
  • In Language Arts there is no separate GATE curriculum. All students will receive differentiated instruction.
  • Differentiated instruction is not the same as differentinstruction. Differentiation is the same standards for all students with changes to the way students experience content, skills, and assessment. Depending on the class and teacher, students will have many different experiences. All students are taught in a manner that develops critical thinking skills.

How do

we decide?



It is from the roots hetero meaning other or different and genus meaning class or kind

It is also a place where all student needs, including GATE, will be met



It is from the roots homo meaning same and genus meaning class or kind

It is not a class full of “geniuses”


Heterogeneous Classes

  • GATE cluster classes are a great place for students who want or need:
  • An inclusive experience
  • Flexible grouping
  • Organizational support
  • Academic challenge as well as support in some academic areas
  • A challenge without extra stress and competition
  • A push to achieve his or her potential
  • A leadership role in the classroom
  • To be at the top of the class
  • Less pressure in school because of extra-curricular activities

Homogeneous Classes

Homogeneous GATE is a great place for students who are:

  • Self-motivated
  • Self-directed
  • Self-assured
  • Self-disciplined
  • Confident
  • Verbally advanced
  • Enjoy learning challenges
  • Mature for their age and have outstanding citizenship

Homogeneous GATE is not an appropriate setting for students who:

  • Lack motivation
  • Have difficulty completing assignments
  • Require frequent parent/teacher monitoring to stay on task
  • Rely on others to “serve” them the curriculum
  • Have difficulty with organization
data findings gate vs non gate high school ap participation
Data Findings – GATE vs. non-GATE High School AP Participation
  • GATE status has no bearing on AP class performance as measured by grades.  The chances of earning a grade of “C” or better in AP coursework were equal for GATE and non-GATE students.
homogeneous vs cluster gate middle school
Homogeneous vs. Cluster GATE(middle school)

High School GATE students who were enrolled in homogeneous GATE classes for at least two years during grades 6-8:

  • are not more likely than GATE cluster students to enroll in and succeed in AP coursework
  • are not more likely than GATE cluster students to be Advanced on CST ELA
  • are slightly more likely than GATE cluster students to have a 3.5 GPA or higher
data summary
Data Summary
  • A significant number of non-GATE students, at every grade level, achieve at levels above those of GATE students, based on data from all available measures.
  • A significant number of GATE students, at all grade levels, do not achieve at levels commensurate with their aptitude.
  • The number of GATE students who underachieve increases as GATE students matriculate through the grade levels.
  • Middle school and high school achievement does not appear to be impacted by middle school homogeneous vs. cluster GATE placement.
great internet resources for parents
Great Internet Resources for Parents
  • Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: great site which even includes contests and resources:
  • Gifted and Talented World Page: Links to hundreds of helpful resources:
  • California Association for the Gifted:
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG): SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
great book periodical resources for children and parents
Great Book/Periodical Resources for Children and Parents

Adderholt-Elliot, M. (1989). Perfectionism: What’s So Bad About Being Good? Minneapolis: Free Spirit

Cohen, L.M. (1996). Coping for Capable Kids. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Galbraith, J. (1984). The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under. Minneapolis: Free Spirit

Galbraith, J. (1996). The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. Minneapolis: Free Spirit

Halsted, J.W. (1994). Some of My Best Friends are Books: Guiding gifted readers. Dayton, OH: Gifted Psychology Press

more great book periodical resources for children and parents
More Great Book/Periodical Resources for Children and Parents

Smutny, J.F. (2001). Stand Up for Your Gifted Child. Minneapolis: Free Spirit

Streznewski, M. (1999) Gifted GrownUps. New York: John Wiley & Sons

Webb, J.T. (1994). Guiding the Gifted Child. Scottsdale, AZ: Gifted Psychology Press

Walker, S.Y. (1991). The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids. Minneapolis: Free Spirit

Parenting for High Potential (a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children. For information, contact them at