Gifted and Geeky?
A Common Stereotype
The gifted child is a bookworm, wears glasses and does not participate in normal children's activities.
I am here to debunk this myth! Most children who are gifted engage in many types of activities. Children who are gifted have different learning styles, strengths, interests and needs. Even though most gifted children are good readers, some need help in reading.
There is no "one fits all".
If information and material that has already been mastered is repeated to gifted children, we will turn them off of learning. Unfortunately "gifted students are more at risk of dropping out than any other group" (Colangelo, N, n.d.).
Children who are gifted face even more challenges than children who are not. Gifted children do have counseling needs.
Children who process information at high speeds, also process sensory information at high speeds. They feel things at a higher intensity. Some children who are gifted are even misdiagnosed with Autism (Barmazel, M, 2014). Gifted children can withdraw, they are at risk of being stunted at a specific age socially (Barmazel, M, 2014).
Twice exceptional, meaning gifted with a learning disability. A child may have a learning disability that hides their giftedness, however their giftedness allows them to compensate and hide their learning disability. They are neither being diagnosed with a learning disability or identified as gifted (Barmazel, M, 2014). This may demonstrate as a child who is defiant or someone who is not working to their full potential.
Society places high demands on students who are gifted, and so they are in need of enriched curriculum. This could include more courses in languages, arts, as well as instruction in organization, interpersonal and leadership skills (Hurwitz, B & Lacalamita, R., 2006).
Gifted children should learn with other gifted children. They need each other to share, challenge, compare and to understand themselves (Hurwitz, B & Lacalamita, R., 2006).
Inspire and Encourage
We have a responsibility
Our responsibility as educators. Teach, engage, challenge and believe in your students.
Why gifted may not mean what you think: Michelle Barmazel at TEDxHGSE
Barmazel, M. (2014). Why gifted may not be what you think: Michelle Barmazel at
TEDXHGSE. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Gj2UC8gYI
Colangelo, N. (n.d.). Myths & Misconceptions of the Gifted Child. Retrieved from
Hurwitz, B & Lacalamita, R. (2006). IEP: A Resource Guide. Retrieved from