Good Instruction for Gifted Students

1. Good instruction for gifted learners begins with good curriculum and instruction.

  * Gifted students, like all students, require rich learning experiences.

2. Good instruction for gifted learners is faster paced in response to individual needs.

  * Often gifted individuals learn more quickly, with less repetition.

  *Gifted students need learning experiences that are relevant to their lives and organized by larger disciplines, not just a list of facts.

3. Good instruction for gifted learners happens at a higher degree of difficulty than for many students their age.

  * A high degree of difficulty for gifted learners means that their content, process, and products are more complex, more abstract, more open-ended, and more multi-faceted than their peers.

4. Good instruction for gifted learners requires a certain amount of risk.

  *Many gifted learners find school easy, therefore they opt to take the easy road. A teacher of gifted students insists on academic risk taking, but with a support system in place.

Gifted Resources on the Web

Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented
National Association for Gifted Children
Pre K-12 Grade Gifted Program Standards
Parent Information
Educator Information
National Gifted Children's Conference
Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
Free educational links to resources including interactive enrichment, content, lessons, worksheets, reference materials, and much more!
University of Connecticut Gifted Department
West Valley Supporters of the Gifted
We support students, parents, teachers, and administrators here in the Phoenix West Valley! Join us at our monthly meetings and social events. For further information, email