Tomball ISD Gifted &Talented Update

November, 2020

A Note from Tomball ISD's GT Specialists

The importance of social and emotional education for the gifted has been a topic of research for decades. An emphasis on this critical component of gifted education within the Texas State Plan is long-coming and will serve our gifted students well. Several researchers have supported this thinking by stating that social and emotional competence is more important when it comes to success in life than is having high cognitive abilities (Csikszentmihalyi, Rathunde, & Whalen, 1993; Gardner, 2011; Goleman, 1995). It is often assumed that gifted students with their advanced academic abilities can deal with emotional challenges, but research has proven this isn’t always the case (Peterson, 2009). This newsletter is dedicated to a few of the social and emotional issues most commonly observed in gifted students of all ages.

Perfectionism

Perfectionism is something that many students struggle with in their everyday lives, but with gifted and talented students it is more prevalent in and out of school. Our GT students have an innate desire to always be the best in every aspect of their lives, which can cause stress and anxiety if they feel as though they aren’t living up to the expectations they have set on themselves. There are ways to assist the students with their struggles and encourage them to have a healthy view of perfectionism instead of always struggling with not meeting expectations they have set for themselves. Parents and guardians can praise their students' progress towards the end goal rather than focusing on the final goal. In addition, it’s important for parents to not withhold affection or praise if goals are not met and to model a healthy approach towards reaching excellence. It is important that parents do not try to change students in striving for greatness, but rather guide them in seeing that there are ways to be successful and not necessarily be perfect.

Articles about Perfectionism

Anxiety

Your gifted child possesses many characteristics that makes them unique and makes your child prone to learning and high achievement. However, some of those same characteristics can lead to anxiety if not managed. A few of these characteristics include perfectionism, excitability, interest in adult/global issues, and making complex connections. If your child is exhibiting any signs of anxiety, teaching strategies on how to overcome anxiety and managing stress will help your child cope with and overcome anxiety.

Articles about Anxiety

Underachievement

Academic underachievement is often measured by significant discrepancies between IQ scores and grades, or between IQ and achievement test scores. It may also become apparent as a result of unexplained decreases in any or all of these measures. Each of these approaches is limited by whether or not the person's true potential has been adequately assessed in the first place.

Articles about Underachievement

Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

As COVID-19 forces us to face new norms as parents, it is imperative that we learn how to deal with all the nervousness and anxieties our gifted children may be experiencing during this time. Thanks to the National Association for Gifted Children, please visit the link below to access an informative article filled with tips/techniques that can be used with gifted children of all ages.


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