• Kyrene District Gifted Information

    Kyrene Gifted Services

    Elementary School Services

    Gifted Resource Model (Grades K, 1, and 2)

    Gifted teachers provide direct resource services to students for 60 to 90 minutes a week in pull out or push in model. The focus of this resource support is development of thinking skills as well as support in a student’s particular area(s) of giftedness.

    Gifted Academic Enrichment Model (Grade 3, 4, and 5)

    Students identified as gifted receive 120 to 180 minutes of academic enrichment a week delivered by a gifted teacher specialist. Students are grouped by grade level and receive instruction aligned with grade level content standards and themes with a STEM/STEAM or Humanities focus. The academic enrichment modules are interdisciplinary, problem or project-based, aligned to NAGC standards, and embed social emotional supports.

    BrightLlearner vs. Gifted Learner

    Traits of Giftedness - NAGC

    National Association for Gifted Children

     

     

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    The Non-Verbal Learner
    Characteristics:
    • Makes interesting shapes, designs and patterns with blocks, clay or drawing materials
    • Displays skill in putting together new or difficult puzzles
    • Reacts with unusual attentiveness to changes in the environment
    • Takes apart and reassembles things with apparent skill
    • Puts things together in new and inventive ways
    • Likes consistent things (numbers, clocks, calendars)
    • Is adept at technology
     Needs:
    • Written directions
    • To be shown things
    • To avoid drill and repetition
    • Higher level thinking skills
    • Time to visualize
    • To discover own methods of problem solving
    Ways to meet this child's needs:
    • Creative problem solving
    • Patterning
    • Visual and hands-on learning experiences
    • Creative activities which allow for originality in displaying knowledge
    • Participation in chess club and keyboarding activities
    • Use of puzzles, tangrams, analogies, logic
    • Materials with rich, visual imagery
    • Paly games, game, and more games!!
    • Building activities (Legos, K'Nex, Erector Sets, etc.)
  • The Verbal Learner
    Characteristics:
    • Uses advanced vocabulary
    • Plays/experiments with words
    • Creates elaborate fantasy worlds
    • Is a voracious reader
    • Uses language for exchange of ideas and information
    • Learns new words quickly
    • Has a good memory for verses, songs and stories
    • Can often "amaza" people with their memory of details in books and movies, often able to repeat parts verbatim


    Needs opportunities to:

    • Encounter and use difficult vocabulary
    • Share ideas and knowledge
    • Read, read, read!!!
    • Write, write, write!
    • Converse with academic peers
    • Work with advanced subject matter
    • Engage in higher level thinking skills
    • Use humor frequently

     Ways to meet this child's needs:

    • Read aloud
    • Literature studies of advanced material
    • Writing activities
    • Analogies
    • Vocabulary activities
  • The Quantitative Learner
    Characteristics:
    • Understands advanced mathematical concepts
    • Uses logic to solve problems
    • Uses advanced mathematical computations (many times mentally)
    • Engages in estimating, predicting, classifying, organizing and hypothesizing
    • Remembers mathematical processes and symbols easily
    • Can easily apply past concepts to new levels with very little instruction
    • Can learn and internalize a new skill with minimal repetitions

     

    Needs opportunities to:
    • Experiment with different kinds of problems
    • Build problem solving skills
    • Develop alternative methods to solve problems
    • Work with academic peers
    • Share strategies
    • Engage in higher order thinking skills
    • Desing their own math problems
    • Work cooperatively and collaboratively to solve mathematical challenges

     

    Ways to meet the needs of this child:
    • Problem solving exercises and opportunities to apply skills
    • Teach at an accelerated pace and level
    • Provide activities in anaolgies, logic, tangrams, Sudoku, KenKen
    • Participate in math competitions
    • Play math games