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Are You a New G/T Teacher?

Well, you’ve been asked to teach gifted kids. Now what? Get ready to embark on what might be the greatest job you’ve ever had!

10 General Tips for a New GT Teacher:

  1. Connect, connect, connect with others in the field of gifted education. Oftentimes, especially in smaller districts, you might be the only teacher of the gifted. 
  2. Become familiar with State law regarding gifted education by reviewing the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students
  3. Know what it means to be gifted. Who are the gifted? Are all kids gifted? What do you think? The State defines gifted students as “… a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who: a) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, and/or artistic area; b) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or c) excels in a specific academic field.
  4. Become an advocate for your students. Stay current in research and best practices regarding gifted education.  
  5. Complete (if you haven’t already) the required foundational 30 clock hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students’ needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students. Click here for a current listing of this training offered by Region 7. 
  6. Understand the curriculum and instructional policies regarding gifted education. Section 3 of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted encompasses curriculum and instruction. In fact, the section header states, “Districts meet the needs of gifted/talented students by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the curriculum and instruction ordinarily provided by the school.” 
  7. Differentiate! Do you know what can be differentiated? How? For a quick reference, visit The Differentiator. You’ll like the Differentiation Central website, too!
  8. Provide opportunities for your gifted students to shine and accelerate in their areas of strengths. Region 7 offers many opportunities for gifted students through our student seminars.
  9. Read this article…it’s worth your time. 
  10. Be flexible! Programs and services for gifted students are designed to meet the needs of the students. Students should not be made to conform to a “set” program. In fact, the State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students mandates that gifted students are assured an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and that out-of-school options relevant the their areas of strength are provided.

We hope you find this information helpful! And as always, you have help right here at Region 7. Be sure to contact us if you have questions or need assistance!
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