"Read to Succeed" - CALVIN TAYLOR
Reading Intervention  - "Read to Succeed"
Calvin Taylor's
Multiple Talents Model
Identification and Self-evaluation 
of Strengths and Weaknesses 
 
           Once, some years ago, during one of my many, many annual evaluation conferences, (I have been doing this since 1982.); an administrator asked me: What’s the big idea?  In other words, she was asking me: At the conclusion of your entire course, what do you want your students to be able to do? My answer was: I want them to become AUTONOMOUS!  In simple terms,  I want them to be able to take care of themselves! 
 
          Our conversation continued with my extended explanation of the emotional and intellectual needs of gifted students, to which she responded with the inquiry: Well, if it’s good for some, why not for ALL?  This spawned a discussion about Calvin Taylor’s research and possible curriculum development plans for my gifted and talented program at that particular school with that particular student population needing help with writing skills.
 
          My administrator allowed me to serve my gifted students, plus selected “talented” students, with a course entitled CREATIVE WRITING.  During a semester of eighteen weeks, I served identified “gifted” students, as well as honor-roll students who earned high marks on report cards and scored well on EOGs. Enrollment was extended to other students who received a teacher’s recommendation for talent in music, art, drama, dance, or public speaking.  Often, I gladly accepted students by parent/guidance counselor request. Our district’s" Academically-Intellectually Gifted" plans allowed for “nurturing” in the lower grades; thus, my program brought this forward to middle grades because I believed then as I do now: Calvin Taylor’s Multiple Talents Model has the potential to propel students toward my BIG IDEA,-- AUTONOMY!  
 
          Students need little time and exposure to this model in order to develop  skills necessary for self-identification and self-evaluation.  Students already have an idea of what they are good at doing and what they like to do. They can quickly recognize strengths and interests, as well as weaknesses within a single class period of instruction in using the model. This is an observable outcome; I have witnessed it over and over.  Within thirty to forty minutes of exposure to six talents areas suggested by Dr. Taylor’s research, my students are able to rank themselves on a scale of one to ten in each area.
 
  • ACADEMIC TALENT = "BOOK SMARTS"
 
  • COMMUNICATION TALENT = READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, VIEWING, and LISTENING.
 
  • FORECASTING TALENT = PREDICTING OUTCOMES BASED ON DATA COLLECTION AND RESEARCH.
 
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION TALENT = TIME MANAGEMENT, KEEPING SCHEDULES AND AGENDAS, MAKING LISTS OF PRIORITIES & MEETING DEADLINES. 

  • DECISION-MAKING TALENT = Making SMART LIFE CHOICES by being RESPONSIBLE, being RESPECTFUL, being PREPARED; staying FOCUSED, staying CONNECTED, staying READY!

  • CREATIVE TALENT= MUSIC, ART, DRAMA, DANCE, CREATIVE WRITING...also...INNOVATIVE THINKING and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

What are YOUR talents?
Calvin Taylor's
Multiple Talents Model
Identification and Self-evaluation 
of Strengths and Weaknesses 
 
           Once, some years ago, during one of my many, many annual evaluation conferences, (I have been doing this since 1982.); an administrator asked me: What’s the big idea?  In other words, she was asking me: At the conclusion of your entire course, what do you want your students to be able to do? My answer was: I want them to become AUTONOMOUS!  In simple terms,  I want them to be able to take care of themselves! 
 
          Our conversation continued with my extended explanation of the emotional and intellectual needs of gifted students, to which she responded with the inquiry: Well, if it’s good for some, why not for ALL?  This spawned a discussion about Calvin Taylor’s research and possible curriculum development plans for my gifted and talented program at that particular school with that particular student population needing help with writing skills.
 
          My administrator allowed me to serve my gifted students, plus selected “talented” students, with a course entitled CREATIVE WRITING.  During a semester of eighteen weeks, I served identified “gifted” students, as well as honor-roll students who earned high marks on report cards and scored well on EOGs. Enrollment was extended to other students who received a teacher’s recommendation for talent in music, art, drama, dance, or public speaking.  Often, I gladly accepted students by parent/guidance counselor request. Our district’s" Academically-Intellectually Gifted" plans allowed for “nurturing” in the lower grades; thus, my program brought this forward to middle grades because I believed then as I do now: Calvin Taylor’s Multiple Talents Model has the potential to propel students toward my BIG IDEA,-- AUTONOMY!  
 
          Students need little time and exposure to this model in order to develop  skills necessary for self-identification and self-evaluation.  Students already have an idea of what they are good at doing and what they like to do. They can quickly recognize strengths and interests, as well as weaknesses within a single class period of instruction in using the model. This is an observable outcome; I have witnessed it over and over.  Within thirty to forty minutes of exposure to six talents areas suggested by Dr. Taylor’s research, my students are able to rank themselves on a scale of one to ten in each area.
 
  • ACADEMIC TALENT = "BOOK SMARTS"
 
  • COMMUNICATION TALENT = READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, VIEWING, and LISTENING.
 
  • FORECASTING TALENT = PREDICTING OUTCOMES BASED ON DATA COLLECTION AND RESEARCH.
 
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION TALENT = TIME MANAGEMENT, KEEPING SCHEDULES AND AGENDAS, MAKING LISTS OF PRIORITIES & MEETING DEADLINES. 

  • DECISION-MAKING TALENT = Making SMART LIFE CHOICES by being RESPONSIBLE, being RESPECTFUL, being PREPARED; staying FOCUSED, staying CONNECTED, staying READY!

  • CREATIVE TALENT= MUSIC, ART, DRAMA, DANCE, CREATIVE WRITING...also...INNOVATIVE THINKING and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

What are YOUR talents?



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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