“Gifted students are those who do things a little earlier, a little faster, a little better and probably a little differently than most other students.” Ginsberg, G.
At St John’s we use a matrix of identification methods:
- Formal psychologist’s report stating IQ falls in the gifted range;
- Off level testing/Above Stage testing;
- Teacher identification – data collection;
- Standardised testing e.g. PAT Mathematics – results in high stanines;
- Results from competitions;
- Checklist of gifted student characteristics;
- Parent identification.
The primary means of educational enrichment that is used at St John’s is within the classroom higher level thinking, open-ended questioning, “real life” problems, critical thinking, creative thinking programs. In this way students can continue to gain from social engagement with their peers.
- Chess Club
- Mathematical Tournaments and Challenges
- Public Speaking
- Year 6 Leadership
- External competitions
- Writers’ Competitions
- Open-ended challenges
- Independent investigations
Working across stage groups in various KLA’S is another way we can enrich the gifted child at St John’s.