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Discussion Week 8:Gifted LearnersGifted learners can perform at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential (National Association for Gifted Children, n.d). Having gifted learners in the classroom can be as a daunting experience as it can be rewarding. A teacher can feel proud talking to these students and the many ways they 'add value' to the learning experience, but a teacher can also feel stupid and frustrated as they try to keep up with their brilliance.Gifted learners form part of the diversity of students that walk through our classroom doors. To meet their unique needs, we must understand who they are, their preferences, and theirlearning styles. We should also be aware of the opportunities and challenges they bring to the classroom to serve them effectively. Baska and Stambaugh (2005) addressed some of the challenges. First, a lack of sufficient subject matter knowledge. Gifted students have advanced knowledge in subject matter content and need educators who can extend their proficiencies beyond the typical curriculum content areas. Unfortunately, not many teachers have the content knowledge or skills required to challenge gifted learners. Secondly, many teachers have limited classroom management skills. Studies show that some teachers do not know how to manage

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