In every school there will be students from a Non English speaking background and from this group there will be gifted students. We need to outline, in every school policy:
What a Gifted NESB student looks like.
- Acquire the new language at a faster than typical rate,
- Demonstrate an ability to code switch or translate at an advanced level,
- Show aptitude for negotiating between cultures,
- Display inventive leadership and/or imaginative qualities,
- Read significantly beyond grade level in the heritage language,
- Effectively assume adult responsibilities at a young age,
- Problem-solve in creative, nonconforming ways.
How do we assess these students to test if they are gifted?
- Teacher observations
- Pre assessments using different methods apart from pen and paper (try conversation in their mother tongue, drawing their knowledge)
- Discussions with parents in mother tongue on students early development.
How do we support Gifted student from a NESB?
- Ensure the curriculum is enriched to the ability they can work at.
- Ensure the curriculum is culturally sensitive where needed.
- Develop an Individual learning plan that could involve self directed learning
- Support the student where needed in the English language.
- Make sure all teachers have PD in who gifted students are
- Regularly communicate with parents to make sure they know how to support their child at home.