I am a little late in starting this - This is my first year working solely with gifted students. I have worked with gifted elementary students within my general education third-grade classroom for the past eleven years and after taking a leap of faith, I have found myself as the singleton Gifted Education Specialist in a middle school. It's been a tough transition - going from a classroom of adorable, loving, and happy eight-year olds to multiple classes of hormonal, super-excitable, brooding (you name it, I deal with it) sixth through eighth graders - and they are ALL gifted. YIKES!
I wanted to create this website as a resource for my students and their parents, as well as provide them a place of support and understanding. There is so little support for gifted individuals compared to the rest of the student population. In my first year already, I have had to advocate for their rights and on many days, I feel like no one hears me.
I also wanted to create this site as a resource for all teachers - not only the ones for gifted students. Chances are, if you teach gifted students, you already get their plight. I want this site to help combat the misconceptions teachers may have of gifted children and hopefully help them provide a better education for the gifted students in their classrooms. Light PD, if you will.
Finally, I want to do more than repost the great articles and blogs I read. I want to contribute, so through this blog, I want to share what I do in my classroom with my gifted students. Keep in mind I am a teacher, so I steal a lot. Many ideas come from Pinterest and other teachers; however, a lot of these ideas morph when I apply them to my gifted kiddos. Here, you will see what takes place in my world!
I am a former gifted child/student and currently a gifted adult and Gifted Education Specialist in the best middle school in the world!