Gifted and Talented

Issues facing our gifted learners

THREE BIG IDEAS

PRESSURE

Parents, teachers, and other adults often put an enormous amount of pressure on gifted learners to achieve. Though some might be able to withstand the pressure, for others, it might be too much.

CHILDHOOD

Many of our gifted learners identify with older children or even with adults. It is important to protect their childhood, even though they may have the thinking patterns of a brilliant adult.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Giftedness looks differently for all learners. For some, their potential wasn't recognized or wasn't harness positively and resulted in harm to others and to the individual. For others, giftedness looked like creative genius, mathematical connections, or high achievement. It looks different for everyone.

TWO QUESTIONS

I WONDER...

How do we educate parents about the state of their child's giftedness and the affects that it has on the child? And how do we manage the inflated ego that correlates with being in the "GT Club?"

ONE ACTION STATEMENT

I CAN

Identify the strengths of my gifted learners and harness those strengths both in academic content and in regard to social needs.