• K-2 Portfolio

    Teacher’s Observation of Potential in Students (TOPS)

    Individual Student Observation Form

    Coleman, M. R., Shah-Coltrane, S., & Harrison, A., 2010

    Teachers use U-STARS~PLUS TOPS Folders as a tool to help systematically observe and recognize children who have outstanding potential and who may be gifted. TOPS Folders engage teachers to make intentional and purposeful observations so that those observations can be used to provide more effective instruction and focus on individual strengths, thus reinforcing the “at-potential” mindset. TOPS Folders are organized around nine domains:

    • learns easily
    • shows advanced skills
    • displays curiosity and creativity
    • has strong interests
    • shows advanced reasoning and problem solving
    • displays spatial abilities
    • shows motivation
    • shows social perceptiveness
    • displays leadership