Most of this increase in diversity was due to immigration from Latin America and Asia, and with this increase in ethnic diversity came a corresponding increase in linguistic diversity.For example, in 2002, nearly 42% of students in Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the country, were classified as English language learners.
Some schools have personnel put in place specifically for gifted students.
A person like this might be referred to as the GT Coordinator or even a school’s diagnostician.
According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), a gifted student gives “evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, [with a need for] services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities (NAGC 2008)." Gifted students are not always high achievers.
The gifted child that is a high achiever is likely to be identified by the school system; however, the gifted child that does not always put forth effort or appear to want to learn is likely to be unnoticed.
Regular assessment of students is essential when differentiating instruction.
Teachers must have a way of measuring growth to figure out if strategies are working or need amending.Tasks that are repetitive or uninteresting will lead to boredom and a lack of understanding.Teachers should offer choices for outcomes, meaning that expectations and requirements are varied allowing students options for products.Naturally, the earlier the child is identified, the better.To better aid in addressing the needs of gifted students, the NAGC adopted new standards in 2010 that are designed to prepare teachers for the educational needs of this particular group of students. Differentiation plays a key role in keeping students engaged in learning.I will always believe that it is the responsibility of the teacher to cater to the needs of all students, be they gifted or struggling or somewhere in the middle. Training on identifying and teaching the gifted student and/or in differentiating instruction may also be available in your district.