Education policy 1.62- special education and 1.61
Educational placement of students with special needs are posted
B.C. Ministry of Education have online publications concerning
gifted education including gifted education a resource guide for
teachers, their manual of policies procedures and guidelines for Special
Education and a Parents guide to IEP's. They have questions for parents
to answer about proposed graduations requirements posted here
Tilliers Dabrowski site discusses Kazimieriz Dabrowski's theory of
Centre for Gifted Education at the University of Calgary has a wide
range of information.
is a weekly electronic reviewing journal from the Manitoba Library association
which reviews books, videos and other material targeted for children and
the Community Learning Network part of the Open learning Agency in B.C.
posts 50 to 100 new web links every month, some specifically curriculum
related, some just very useful (like the one with the kids clip art!)
Bairds Gifted Children's Website is run by an Ontario teacher of gifted
Catholic Schools Gifted and Enrichment Home page run by Don Delaney
contains links to lesson plans resources and programming for gifted students..
academy school in Gander Newfoundland have pages of theme related resources
on the world wide web for primary and elementary teachers and students.
E Learning Centre is the product of a joint venture between the Ontario
Knowledge network and the London District Catholic School Board
ED `96, Dual Exceptionality: Gifted and Learning Disabled has summaries
of presentations by Dr. Linda Silverman at a conference hosted by The Association
of Educators of Gifted, Talented and Creative Children in B.C.
heros (en français aussi) is a
bilingual we site for students and teachers focussing on individual Canadians
with experience overseas
Baccalaureate Organisation aims to assist schools to develop the individual
talents of young people with intellectual rigour, high academic standards,
and a strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and
responsible citizenship. Schools across Canada may offer this program usually
in the senior grades.
Jerome and Deborah's Big Pages of Education
links is run by two teachers in Northern Manitoba who have collected a
welcome number of resources for teachers and students we have lost
the link for this site, if anyone knows where it went, please contact us!
site d 'adaptation scolaire et sociale de langue français (SASSLF)
est une source de renseignements , un lieu d'interaction et d' échange.
Cherchez la section Douance.
Brunswick has a site for original lesson plans aimed at using the internet
for cooperative learning and enrichment
Nova Scotia has a challenge
for excellence document online from their Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education and Training web site currently does not have
a specific page on Special Education (hopefully this fall). However, there
is now information which allows you to locate school board websites and
Children's Author Roald
Dahl has a great website with lots of downloadable creative writing
tips and pages for teachers.
is for French teachers and students studying French as a second language
Tool Kit for Curriculum Differentiation is a work in progress by Lannie
Kanevsky, Associate Professor in the faculty of education.
The Tool Kit provides teachers, parents and bright and gifted students
with the materials they will need to recognize students in need of more
challenging curriculum, identify students learning preferences, seclect
curriculm differentiation and learning strategies and develop IEP's
Thinking is a section of the Education Quest website in the UK which
offers great articles and information on teaching aspects of curriculum.
is a Canadian site dedicated to bringing together parents, teachers and
resources on the web. Good resource material.
learning connection from Alberta (en français
aussi) www.2learn.ca includes links to hundreds of sites connected
to k-12 curriculum
World Colleges offer international programs for interested students
at sites such as Lester
Pearson College of the Pacific
Educators of Gifted Learners Need to Know About Gifted/ Learning Disabled
Students, is a pamphlet written by teachers for teachers and is one of
a series of pamphlets downloadable from the publication section of this
B.C. teachers site.
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the Very Able: Current International Research by UK Professor
Joan Freeman is written for teachers and critically evaluates all
current research from the point of view of practice. It has useful
summaries of what has been found to work and includes references to research
by Canadians Françoys Gagné, Lannie Kanevsky and Bruce Shore.
It is extremely useful reading for teachers, parents and anyone connected
with school policy.
Oxford have a research centre for gifted education (able pupils)
with teaching links and suggestions ( the link is not active at this time)
Domain UK has online lesson ideas
Northern Grid for Learning is producing educational resources for teachers,
Parents and Gifted Children on their UK website. (including case studies)
New South Wales Association for Gifted and Talented Children
has Dr.Karen B. Rogers Research based essentials for Gifted Education
services on actual effect sizes of various teaching practices as well
as numerous other articles
New Zealand has
several informative and well researched articles online for teachers
for Differentiation for gifted students by Dr Tracy Riley of
Massey Univeristy along with articles on portfolio
assessment and self
assesment for gifted children by Professor Dan McAlpine
studies The Davidson Foundation in the United States has released an
online version of A Nation Deceived which is a report by Nicolas
Colangelo, Miraca Gross and Susan Assouline about how schools routinely
hold back bright students. Parents looking for information on acceleration
should visit the website at www.nationdeceived.org
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Ministry of Education have their Special
Needs Policy Manual and also Gifted
Education, a Resource Guide for Teachers online
ova Scotia has a challenge
for excellence document online from their Ministry of Education
State of Idaho
Gifted And Talented High School Manual is online as a pdf file.
The Education Department
of Western Australia has their Manual
for Gifted and Talented
online. It includes
some of Françoys Gagné's Differentiated Model of Giftedness
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Why do we do it? Here
by popular demand is a tongue in cheek look at education.
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FABLE? --printed in The Instructor, April. 1968
One time the animals had
a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying and swimming,
and all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was
good in swimming, better than his instructor, and he made passing grades
in flying, but he was practically hopeless in running. He was made to stay
after school and drop his swimming class in order to practice running.
He kept this up until he was only average in swimming. But, average is
acceptable, so nobody worried about that but the duck.
The eagle was
considered a problem pupil and was disciplined severely. He beat all the
others to the top of the tree in the climbing class, but he had used his
own way of getting there.
The rabbit started
out at the top of his class in running, but had a nervous breakdown and
had to drop out of school on account of so much makeup work in swimming.
The squirrel led the
climbing class, but his flying teacher made him start his flying lessons
from the ground instead of the top of the tree, and he developed charley
horses from overexertion at the takeoff and began getting C's in climbing
and D's in running.
The practical prairie
dogs apprenticed their offspring to a badger when the school authorities
refused to add digging to the curriculum.
At the end of the year,
an eel that could swim well, run, climb, and fly a little was made valedictorian.
Strategies Long memories ,deep memories
For teachers exploring the world of
the gifted child, an important step is understanding Dabrowski's
Theory of Emotional Development, including his discussion of the overexcitabilities;
psychomotor, imaginational, sensual, intellectual and emotional
It is as important to understand how these children are different
inside as it is to determine a process to create an appropriate
educational experience. The two worlds can otherwise clash in very
strange ways. The story below was written by a 14 year old to define
humiliation for an English essay. An understanding of Dabrowski's
sensual and emotional intelligences, would have created a learning experience
connected with the subject being taught, instead of the emotional experience
which resulted in the written piece below, eleven years after the incident
occurred. (Gives you some idea of the prodigious memories of these children
author has requested anonymity)
Once, when I was but a boy, I had a
teacher who I will refer to as Mrs "X". It was back when I was very
young in my first school. In pre-school I had two teachers, and I
got along fine with both of them. However, this was about to change…….
We had just come back in from recess,
when our teachers informed us that today's project was papier-mâché.
Being a youngster, I had no idea what this was except that it sounded like
"pooper-mucky". Horrible images crept into my young mind as I sat
down at my desk. These were quickly replaced with even more repulsive
images as I saw the buckets of wallpaper paste. For those of you
who do not know what this looks like, it basically looks like porridge.
That is, after it has been briefly digested and brought back up again.
Resisting the urge to scream and run from the room, I decided I would try
this project and try to enjoy it. Our teachers sat down with
us and proceeded to show us what to do. It seemed fairly simple:
Just tear the newspaper into strips and dip it in the paste. However,
when I dipped my tiny hands in that bucket ( while looking away) I discovered
to my horror that the stuff was still warm! It was disgusting! It looked
like puke, felt like it, and, was all lumpy and slimy. The teacher
noticed that I wasn't doing anything. When she asked if I had a problem,
I replied "Yes, I do! I'm not putting my hands in there! It looks gross!"
The teacher just laughed demonically, seized my hands and said "Come on,
it's not that bad, this is fun" That couldn't have been farther from
the truth. Holding my hands above the bucket, she started to lower
them in. I was screaming like hell because I did NOT want to put
my hands in that crap! Then my teacher plunged my hands into the
paste. I almost passed out! To make matters worse, everybody was
laughing at me. I was so humiliated!. However, later
that year I got back at her by "accidentally" spilling my juice all over
her dress. But that's another story.
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readers and reading instruction, this article by Dr. David Levande
Associate Professor of Education at Southern Connecticut State University
outlines suggestions for reading programs for gifted readers.
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