Having universal access gifted and talented teaching techniques is having an impact on students of all abilities as they are encouraged to learn through discovery, discussion, and exercising problem solving and critical thinking skills.
At Springfield Elementary, teachers are benefiting from a multimillion-dollar grant for Title I schools from the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. All of the teachers have received training in gifted and talented education strategies, through the College of Charleston.
“When we first started the training, it was an eye-opener,” said third grade math teacher Graylon Nell. “As teachers, we realize that we’re just facilitators of learning, so we’re not just up there giving lectures and giving all the answers to students and telling them that there’s only one way to find the answer to a question.”
Teachers also look for students with hidden gifts, thus recruiting underrepresented populations into the gifted and talented program. Recognizing the strength of each child is essential, says Principal Blondell Adams.
“We are working to make certain that all of our students, no matter what level they come in to us, are exposed to the richness and rigor and high learning, so that we can bring out the best potential that they have,” Adams said.