I teach first grade gifted and talented. My students are a very diverse group of children. They come from many different cultural backgrounds. They are eager to learn and it's difficult, if not impossible, to develop the talent of a highly able student with insipid curriculum and instruction. Like all students, gifted learners need learning experiences that are rich. They need content that is relevant to their lives, activities that cause them to process important ideas at a high level, and products that cause them to grapple with meaningful problems. They need classrooms that are engaging that provide both structure and choice and help them achieve more than they thought they could. These are needs shared by all learners. Good teaching for gifted learners is achieved in response to the students' individual needs. Often, highly able students learn more quickly than others their age. As a result, they typically need a more rapid and enriching instruction.
I teach 1st grade gifted and talented students. As a gifted teacher, it is my job to help nurture their ability. Every now and then I receive a student with exceptional artistic ability; a student whose talent and vision goes above and beyond that of the rest of the class.
I need to challenge these students and to nurture their talent.
My students love to use their creative ability to design art projects and show off their imagination. A Cricut is a great tool to foster their creativity. They light up when their projects can come to life. This Cricut with fabric and vinyl sheets can help assist sewing projects, art work, paper crafts and iron-on projects.
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