Vanguard Teacher Recommendation Form | Gifted and Talented
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Vanguard Teacher Recommendation Form | Gifted and Talented


Hello. In this video you will learn how
to correctly complete the HISD Vanguard Teacher Recommendation Form. HISD has a systematic process for identifying gifted students who qualify for the HISD
Vanguard program. The Teacher Recommendation Form
is used to provide qualitative data completed by the classroom teacher with collaboration from all teachers
who instruct the student. Let’s get started. How to complete the HISD Vanguard Teacher Recommendation Form. Evidence of possible
giftedness should be observed using a rating scale starting with Rarely, 1, Less than Half the Time, 2, About Half the Time, 3, More Than Half the Time, 4, or Consistently Most of the Time, 5. Teachers should circle the word that
best indicates the degree to which the student exhibits the following
characteristics in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. According to the Texas State Plan giftedness can be exhibited in three
areas which are General Intellectual Ability, Creative Ability and Leadership
Ability. Each area of giftedness is listed on the Teacher Recommendation Form with characteristics for each one. Let’s start with the first section. General intellectual ability is an ability significantly higher than average,
possessing superior intelligence or potential, or demonstrated
accomplishments in several fields of study, the ability to perform complex
mental tasks. For example, number 2 under General Intellectual Ability, “Has knowledge and vocabulary unusual for age or grade; has fluent verbal ability.” Students that exhibit this trait may use words to escape or avoid situation becomes bored with school and age peers seen by others as a know-it-all. The teacher has five choices for rating the student. This should be done with careful thought
based on what the teacher observes. In the second section, Creative
Ability is an intellectual ability possessing outstanding imagination,
thinking ability, innovative or creative reasoning ability, ability in problem-solving, and high attainment in original or creative thinking. For example, number three under Creative Ability, “Exhibits playfulness and a keen
sense of humor; may make jokes, puns, etc. at times.” Students that exhibit this trait
may see absurdities of situations, may also become the class clown to gain
attention. The teacher has five choices of rating the
student. Again, this should be done with careful thought based on what the
teacher observes. In the third section, Leadership Ability is a natural ability
to influence others possessing skills and interpersonal relationships
demonstrated by outstanding ability in such activities as student government. For example, number three under Leadership Ability, “Is willing to take risks, tends to think independently.” Students that exhibit this trait may
reject teacher or peer input, nonconformist, and may be unconventional. The teacher has five choices of rating the student. Again, this should be done with careful thought
based on what the teacher observes. Please complete the sections indicating the student’s name, current grade, date of completion,
along with teacher’s printed name and signature. Thanks for watching. If you have any questions or need more information, please email [email protected]

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