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Career Story: Teacher Of Gifted Children In A Rural School District

Teacher Of Gifted Children In A Rural School District

Job Title: Gifted Education Instructor

Type of Company: I work for a school district in Moore county, North Carolina.

Education: BA, Communications/Theatre, LSU •• BA in Education, Campbell •• MEd Education, Campbell •• NBCT

Previous Experience: I taught children dance and exercise and designed a curriculum that was engaging and focused.

Job Tasks: Our school district is dedicated to enriching the educational experience for all children. In my position, I work with and identify gifted children within my assigned schools. I consult with classroom teachers about how to meet the needs of gifted students and in regular weekly meetings we plan and organize lessons and discuss how to change our strategies to better serve our students.

Monthly, I am part of a small team of educators who plan for future students. We assess school needs and classroom needs. Occasionally, we attend workshops and share what we learn there with the teachers in class. I give seminars on educational differentiation. This is key to reaching and meeting the goals of a variety of students within each classroom. I communicate with parents regarding student progress and options available to enrich the learning experiences. There is a continuous screening process where I look for potential candidates for our gifted program. Meetings follow this screening procedure, then possibly testing and placement in the gifted services program.

When students come to my room, we focus on critical and creative thinking skills, above the grade level. Often we work on projects which end with public presentations.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: My favorite part of my position is the interaction with students. I also enjoy watching them grow over the years. It is a pleasure to have students return to school with stories on how they recall learning exciting things in my classroom. Creativity runs wild in my room. Projects are often on display. Many folks do not understand this "mess", but I think it is genius at work!

Job Tips:
1.) Be creative: nurture creativity by being a model and a risk-free teacher.

2.) Look your students in the eyes and get to know them. They'll appreciate it.

3.) Borrow from the wisdom of our forebears: Aristotle, Socrates, Confucius, Dr. Suess. Quotes are inspirational.

4.) Smile, laugh, be sad when your students are sad, but still be the adult.

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