There is no denying that students who take an IQ test for kids and are found to be gifted have educational needs that are different from their peers who have not received this designation. For this reason, their educators must take a different approach to teaching if they are to receive the quality of instruction they deserve.
In the Delaware City School District, for example, 19 percent of students are considered gifted, ThisWeek Community News reported. With so many pupils in need of special instruction, the District offers several programs in elementary, middle and high school. At the secondary school level in particular, gifted students have an opportunity to take advanced placement classes and get an early start on college through dual enrollment.
No matter which programs students take advantage of, District officials understand that without them, many gifted learners could become disengaged in their studies.
"Sometimes these kids think very fast and learn quickly, which can make them inattentive in the classroom if the lessons are being too repetitive," Misty Swanger, the District's director of enrichment, told the news source.
The National Association for Gifted Children states that good instruction for this student population should be at a higher "degree of difficulty" and paced according to their individual needs.