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Have you had a gifted student in your classroom that demonstrates a high level of achievement but seems to have some learning difficulties? You may be working with a child with twice-exceptionalities. Students with twice-exceptionalities meet the criteria for both giftedness and learning disabled and it is common for them to be misdiagnosed as their capabilities can mask their disability while their disability can hide their abilities. These students may have an above average vocabulary, intense interest in specific subject areas, and an excellent memory. However, they may also have poor handwriting, become easily frustrated, or have inconsistent performance. Below you will find some general resources for working with students with twice-exceptionalities.
You may also be interested in reading more about some common twice-exceptionalities such as ADD/ADHD, Executive Dysfunction, Aspergerís/Autism and Dyslexia/Dysgraphia.
Now that you have some resources on these issues, here are some specific strategies from psychologists that you can try with your students with twice-exceptionalities in your classrooms.
A WebQuest is an inquiry-orientated activity in which all or most of the information used by learners is drawn from the Internet. They are designed to utilize the learnerís time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support the learnerís thinking at levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
A Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests San Diego State University
Here you'll find a ready-made template for scoring or evaluating student WebQuest projects, complete with scoring categories. Checklists with additional scoring criteria to evaluate project fine points are also provided.
Marx and Nietzsche: An Analysis of Philosophy
Genetic Disorders WebQuest
Health/PE: grades 6-8)
(Math: grades 3-5)
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Davidson Institute Updates
2008 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications Available
Applications due March 26, 2008
A scholarship program for any student under the age of 18 who has completed a significant piece of work in mathematics, science, technology, music, literature, or philosophy that has the potential to benefit society. For more information on the Davidson Fellows, or to download an application, please visit www.davidsongifted.org/fellows.
2008 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available
Applications Deadline Extended to March 28, 2008
A 3-week residential camp located in Reno, Nevada and takes place on the University of Nevada campus. It is open to any interested 13-16 year old in the country who meets the minimum requirements. Participants have the opportunity to earn transferable college credits during the 3 weeks. For more information on the THINK Summer Institute, or to download an application, please visit www.davidsongifted.org/think.
Davidson Academy of Nevada 2008-2009 School Year Applications Available
Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2008
A free, public school for profoundly gifted pupils on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, The Davidson Academy of Nevada is seeking qualified students to apply for the 2008-2009 school year. The Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students, starting at the sixth grade level and beyond. For admission details, please visit www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu/Admissions.
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