Gifted and Talented Tidbits 10

by Lenora Barnes 10/30/15


At the beginning of our cardboard challenge we talked about the three main stages that we would go through to complete the task. The stages are think, create, and improve. The think stage included brainstorming, design development, and problem solving to take their concept to reality. This week, the students were wrapping up the create stage and moving into the improve stage. At the beginning of class, we discussed evaluating their own projects to look for areas of improvement. We also discussed giving appropriate, specific, and helpful feedback to their classmates. The discussion also focused on not settling for good enough, but striving for their personal best. The remainder of our time was spent finishing the projects. The students have worked very hard on their projects and are extremely excited to share their projects with everyone.

Next week, all of my students grades 1-4, will meet for class together from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM for the cardboard arcade. They will need to meet in my classroom at 8:30 AM to set up for the arcade. If you give your permission, they may come down earlier. Please just allow them to walk down to my room instead of waiting for me to pick them up so that I can be in the classroom with those that arrive early. The regular class schedule will resume the following week. I appreciate everyone being flexible and allowing us to change the schedule for this event.

In case of rain on the day of the cardboard arcade, it will be rescheduled unless someone knows of a place that we could set up that would accommodate everyone.

You Are Invited

You are invited to come and play at the cardboard arcade. The students have chosen to support the American Cancer Society with the donations collected at the cardboard arcade. The students are very excited to share their wonderful creations with you. This is a come and go event from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Please join us for some creative fun.

Global Cardboard Challenge Day of Play

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MRE- Nov. 2, 2015

LSE - Nov. 3, 2015

MES - Nov. 4, 2015

SCE - Nov. 5, 2015

Teachers may sign up to bring their class using the link previously sent in an email.


High achievers enjoy the company of age peers.

Gifted learners prefer the company of intellectual peers.

Kingore, B. (2004)


Myth # 12 - Gifted kids are gifted in everything and should always excel.

Giftedness tends to center on one or two particular areas. Yes, there are those people who seem to be good at everything, but if you asked them, even they would name some things that they don't find easy to do. It's unfair to think that if you're gifted, you can't also be human and make mistakes, goof off, flub up, and be ungifted at times.

-Galbraith, J. (2013)

Myth #13 - Gifted kids are equally mature in all areas - academic, physical, social, and emotional.

That would be convenient, but it's not a reasonable expectation. On the other hand, it's not fair to assume that just because someone is advanced intellectually, he or she will lag behind in other developmental areas. Gifted kids have asynchronous development, but that does not mean that they will lag behind their age peers in some areas.

- Delisle, J. & Galbraith, J. (1996)