Gifted and Talented Tidbits 16

By Lenora Barnes 1/15/16


This week I only met with the classes from MRE and LSE due to the early release schedule on Thursday and Friday. The students at those campuses had an opportunity to solve logic problems and brainteasers for their warm up activities. Part of our class time was spent working on coding and continuing our read aloud books about the adventures of gifted children. The remainder of the class time was utilized by the students to work on their TPSP projects.


8 Great Gripes of Gifted Kids

These gripes were compiled from gifted kids all over the country, by Judy Galbraith, author of The Survival Guide For Gifted Kids.

1. We miss out on activities other kids get to do while we're in GT class.

2. We have to do extra work in school.

3. Other kids ask us for too much help.

4. The stuff we do in school is too easy and it's boring.

5. When we finish our schoolwork early, we often aren't allowed to work ahead.

6. Our friends and classmates don't always understand us, and they don't see all of our different sides.

7. Parents, teachers, and even our friends expect too much of us. We're supposed to get A's and do our best all the time.

8. Tests, tests, and more tests!

What Do Gifted Students Need to Succeed?

Self-esteem - Gifted kids need to feel pleased and proud of the person they are, just the way they are. Gifted kids may have a sky-high self esteem or one that is down in the dumps. It is important that gifted kids develop a realistic respect for who they are inside and out. Sometimes gifted kids need help recognizing their strengths and/or areas that they need to work to improve.

As We Start A New Semester Please Remember......

  • No new material should be introduced when the GT students are in pullout class
  • Students should not be required to make up the work missed during pullout class

Something To Keep In Mind

How many times have you heard this? "You have it easy, you have the gifted kids." As we all know, that couldn't be further from the truth. Gifted students can be challenging. Gifted students will test you, excited you, push you to your limits, surprise you, frustrate you, and make your heart sing. During those taxing times, it helps to remember that they are as far from the norm as the students at the other end of the intellectual spectrum and that in addition to their intelligence they may come with other challenges inherent to giftedness such as overexcitabilities, lack of organization, constant questioning, and asynchronous development. The article below is a good reminder of these things and gives some examples of how you can help your gifted students.