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Intellectually Gifted Students

The Ontario Ministry of Education defines “Giftedness” as:

An unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated.

Special Education: A Guide for Educators (2002)

Resources for program ideas and IEP development can be found below: 

Alberta Education – Government of Alberta (2004) The Journey: Handbook for parents of children who are gifted and talented

Riley, T. (2011) Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom. Prufrock Press, USA

Conklin, W. & Frei, S., (2007) Differentiating the Curriculum for Gifted Learners. Shell Education

Websites and Organizations for Gifted Education:

ABC Ontario

BC Ministry of Education – Special Education: A Resource Guide for Teachers. (2001). specialed/gifted/

Also, remember:

The Special Education Companion, 2002

Possibly the BEST and most under-used document in Special Education!  This document lists countless ways to help students under each Exceptionality Category.  If you look at ‘Gifted’ you have 10 pages of characterisitics of gifted students, issues, general teaching and learning strategies, program ideas, subject-specific strategies (reading, spelling, mathematics) and assessment strategies!

Do NOT write an IEP without reading this document! Parents and Teachers should use this resource to determine appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies for the classroom.  Parents, please bring this to your teacher meetings to advocate for your child!

Note: This is a PERSONAL blog, not an official Ministry of Education website.  This is a forum for sharing. 

Please add comments and your favourite resources (and let me know if there are any dead links!)  Thank you!


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