Direct services: Direct instruction from the Gifted and Talented Facilitator is designed to enhance students' strengths and enrich students' interests. Specialized Instruction is typically seen as a "pullout" service with an individual or a small group of students. Instruction may be
General Education Curriculum Based
Gifted and Talented Curriculum Based
Within the classroom, instruction may be based upon the results from the administration of program assessments. Co-teaching opportunities, and/or performance grouping are amongst instructional methods for the High Ability Learner.
Indirect services: Student readiness is determined as a direct result of assessments, and collaboration between the classroom teacher and the Gifted and Talented Facilitator. In order to meet student needs, differentiating the curriculum is necessary. Facilitators provide materials and resources, learning centers, independent projects etc. for the enrichment/extension of the curriculum. In some circumstances, another means of expanding a student’s experience is by facilitating a mentor-student relationship. The GT Facilitator keeps in constant communication with the classroom teacher and student to make sure instruction remains flexible, challenging, and meaningful.
Content acceleration and differentiation:
A quickened pace of learning and/or mastery of the current grade level curriculum may require acceleration either by subject or grade level. We recognize that these unique individuals do not have "high ability" only on the days that the Gifted and Talented Facilitator is servicing them, so differentiation within the classroom setting is required to meet the everyday demands of the High Ability Learner.
Additional testing/documentation may be required. A few examples of these are...
- Informal Reading Assessments
- End of Unit/Year Assessments
Multi-age and cross grade level options:
The pace at which High Ability Learners develop varies for each student. It may become necessary to combine students at different ages and at different grade levels to meet the unique needs of these extraordinary students.
K-2 Watch Program: Download K-2 Checklist
The K-2 Watch program is designed for students who demonstrate a love of learning and above grade level skill mastery in reading and/or math at K through 2nd grade. Students are identified by their classroom teacher and information is shared with the gifted and talented facilitato who may then provide direct or indirect services designed to nurture their natural abilities.
Criteria for K-2 Watch:
Asks lots of questions
Eager to try new things
Learns rapidly, easily and efficiently
Retains and uses information that has been learned