Parents and the GT Learner

Learning never ends ... how to help at home

Parent Tips to Provide Support at Home


- model curiosity and take action on curiosity

- explore experiences outside of school based on child's interests

- show importance of school now and the future

- monitor school work and homework

- spend time together with school work and projects

“Gifted students are at risk for believing that their abilities are simply given”

-talk about the challenges in life and that nothing is just given; everything requires work

-keep record of the accomplishments and growth over the years

-explain that challenges are opportunities to improve; difficulties and struggles are not a measure of intelligence

-be specific with compliments to show the cause and effect; Ex. Since you did the work of ____, now you have accomplished ___


Parents should talk about personal accomplishments; don’t complain. Focus on the positive of life and the results the effort and work has brought. Children follow their parents as an example to see that work leads to success.

Questions

1. How can parents become an integral part of the classroom? How do parents get involved with the class activities while at school and still maintain a full-time job?


2. Is there a support group for parents to discuss the family challenges that are presented when a child is GT? Do school districts provide training for the parents of GT learners like the special education learner's parents receive?

Next Steps

In elementary school learners have a folder to take home and show parents. Having a folder or Google Document shared between teacher, learner, and parent would help to keep the communication open and provide input from learners and parents into the classroom. This is also a great way for accountability of parents to share the experiences they have practiced. If completed once a month, families will be more involved in the education of their learners. For middle school the due dates could be scaffold-ed so to not overwhelm the teacher and allow adequate response to each family.