Reading: Not Just for 'Smart Kids'

Not all gifted students are 'bookworms'

Don't believe everything you see on TV

People have many preconceived notions about gifted children. One stereotype is that all gifted kids are good readers, wear glasses and don't participate in activities that 'normal' kids like to do. We see this all the time in movies and on television. The 'nerdy, smart' kids have glasses, stay inside and always have a book in hand. This is simply not the case.

Reading for All!

Gifted students may feel isolated by their ability to read higher level books and try to mask their abilities in order to fit in with their peers. This is one of the many reasons it is so important to support all readers within the classroom and make reading engaging and meaningful. Reading is for everyone!!! Being a bookworm should never be a bad thing so lets create classrooms full of reading and readers!

Sources

The Association for Bright Children of Ontario

http://www.abcontario.ca/


Teacher's Gateway to Special Education (OTF)

http://www.teachspeced.ca/giftedness


Gifted readers: Who are they and how can they be served in the classroom? Gifted Children Today Magazine, 2002

http://www.casenex.com/casenet/pages/virtualLibrary/mlandrum/giftedreader.htm