This is a professional development blog for Nottingham Elementary. We'll be discussing books we have read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
Yes, I would recommend this book because it provides a comprehensive review of issues faced by gifted students living in poverty and issues surrounding education.
Responding to Sarah, yes, the book does review issues faced by GT students living in poverty, and I had never read about rural impoverished students before.
I agree. This book showed us all types of students and how to reach all GT students not just kids like NHE.
In response to Mrs. Breidenthal's comment, I believe this book opened my eyes on a sub culture so overlooked. I will definitely be more aware now that I have used this book for the book study.
I agree with Sarah and Annie. I never put much thought in the GT program in the rural schools. I just assumed it was the same everywhere. I like how this book opened my eyes in various.
If a reader wishes to learn specifically about impoverished GT students, this might be a good book, provided the reader is not looking for accurate census statistics. If the reader is looking specifically for guidance for GT students overall, I think there are much better books.
I would not recommend this book to teachers look for specific strategies on how they can help their GT students in the class. This book does bring to light issues GT students of poverty face which is rarely discussed in other books or professional development classes.
This book is more of a heightened awareness and educating book than a strageties book. That is a great suggestion for next year. I already have a book in mind. Thanks Jchoy.
I would recommend this book for teachers to get a deeper understanding about sub-populations of the gifted we tend to over look, specifically gifted from poverty.
I agree with A Mitch ( Annie's) comment on June 13th because this book does go into details about the sub-populations of gifted students that are over-looked. Its informative and gives new perspective.
I agree with you Sarah, it is a great book for enlightening us about the sub populations of GT students that go unrecognized.
It does provide a deeper understanding of the needs of sub-populations. For example, AA student needs and challenges will be psycho-social in nature. This is mainly due to race. Rural or impoverished Caucasians will have needs or challenges that deal less with race and more with the need for adequate social services.
I agree with Annie. This book really opened my eyes to a better understanding with GT students from poverty. I plan on using this knowledge for the upcoming year. My eyes are opened wider now.
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I thought this book gave a lot of good ideas on how to identify GT kids. I think they talked about the different sub pop groups and how to teach towards them. I feel at times it was repetitive and said the same things over and over again. I did enjoy the book and learned from it, but I would have liked more examples of things to do to reach the higher level they were talking about.
I thought this book helped identify the sub culture of low income G/T students but did not give any specific ways to help them. I would recommend this book if someone had no idea on the characteristics of this sub group and how to identify them, but if someone is looking for specific answers and help I would suggest other very well written books.
I agree. It did not give any specific recommendations. This how in trying remedy the situation, teachers begin developing and implementing "enrichment" activities that have nothing to with state standards.
Yes! I would recommend this book to my colleagues, because it gives a very comprehensive look into the life of a low income GT student and the challenges they face. It also instructs the reader on ways to help these students.
I would recommend this books. It does a good job of explaining the challenges of atypical gifted students. Also, I think teachers need to know how they typically score on assessments. They score high non-verbally. Hence, teachers should be careful not to overlook or judge them based on high well they read, write and speak.
I learned a lot from this book. I would recommend it. It opened my eyes to things I didn't know and it reminded me of information I just forgot. This book was very insightful.