Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending a lecture conducted by Dr Deborah Ruf entitled "Bright child, gifted or not?" She was lovely! Basically she went through the levels she outlines in her book titled 5 Levels of Gifted. Some interesting points that I jotted down to share are ...
where kids show a keen interest when they are young shows potential for future careers
IQ's can be measured by suburb ie - professional people tend to have higher IQ's and tend to congregate by suburb, think Dr's, lawyers, accountants
siblings generally have a 15pt range of one another and are also close in range to their parents
married couples tend to be close in range to each other
many gifted kids don't do well with phonics, many prefer a whole to parts approach than part to whole
don't teach gifted kids expose and discuss, they are inquiry driven
a level 4 child will be ready for algebra by age 10
a HG child can go from not reading anything to reading at a adult level within 2 years
L5 kids tend to have a musical aptitude that isn't as present in other levels
we naturally like to do what we are good at, so look at kids when they are chilling out, what are they doing?
teachers teach to the top of the bottom 1/3 of the class
for math, single sex classes are best
girls do better in single sex high schools
HG kids can be left handers and highly excitable, also have sensory issues
in countries where kids are tracked from 9 or 10 the gifted kids tend to have better outcomes, think Asian countries
L5 kids are a suicide/depression risk in years 11 & 12 (late highschool)
Book rec about boys "What could he be thinking? How a man's mind really works" - the author doesn't go into giftedness but knows his stuff about boys/men
gifted kids, boys inparticular should not go to school until age 7
I am currently half way through her book so there will be more to come.