A letter to gifted children. It isn;t easy being different. We are taught that it is bragging to say or even think that we might be smarter than other people. Doesn't everyone have gifts? Yes, everyone on the planet is a gift to humanity. Being gifted does not mean being better than anyone else. So what does giftedness mean? To me, the gift in giftedness is the potential to make this a bett . . . more
Motivating Underachieving Gifted Children - Understanding the Basics
By Andrew Loh
Most gifted children are under achieving and they also lack motivation to do well in academics and classroom studies. Motivating such children could be a Herculean task both for the parents and teachers. However, parents may not like to sit idle and fail to motivate their gifted ones, obviously because it . . . more
Possible Characteristics of Gifted Underachievers:
Social Emotional Characteristics/Behaviors may include:
Unrealistic self concept
Withdrawn, non-communicative; avoids risks, feels powerless
Passive -- complies only enough to ?get by?
Aggressive, hostile, defensive, rebellious
May reject authority
Blames problems on others
Poor soc . . . more
What is Emotional Intelligence?
You?ve probably heard and read a fair bit about Emotional Intelligence. There?s a lot of information out there. But what is it and where has the idea come from? Emotional Intelligence is not a fad or a passing trend but the end result of years of research into what makes people tick. In the words of EI expert Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence is:
The capacit . . . more
New Zealand's Online Programme for Gifted Children.
"GO"- Gifted Online an interactive online learning programme specially designed to help teachers and parents cater effectively for the different learning needs of children with exceptional abilities.
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IS YOUR CHILD GIFTED? HERE ARE SOME BEHAVIORAL CLUES TO WATCH FOR.
Following are some core traits, aptitudes and behaviors of gifted kids:Communication skills: Highly expressive with words, numbers or symbols. Has an unusual ability to communicate verbally, nonverbally, physically, artistically or symbolically; uses particularly apt examples, illustrations or elaborations.Inquiry: Questio . . . more
There is a group of children in New Zealand who have a condition which severely impacts on their learning but which is very difficult to diagnose. It is so difficult, in fact, that some researchers believe that over 50% of children with this condition are never diagnosed and never receive appropriate help. Misdiagnosis is not uncommon, with children being given other labels and inappropriate and s . . . more
This article is one of many informative articles that can be found on the www.nexus.edu.au
In a world where change is the only certainty, where major technological advances are made everyday, the clearly defined borders between subject areas are becoming less distinct with overlaps that were never even dreamt of in the past. Music composition often relies on complex computer simulation; eleme . . . more
Stuck in Another Dimension:
The Exceptionally Gifted Child in School
By Stephanie S. Tolan
? 1985 Stephanie S. Tolan, Used by Permission.
Originally published in Gifted Child Today, Nov. - Dec., 1985
For six years I have tried to educate an exceptionally gifted child in a school system not designed to handle him. As a parent, I've never been able to take our situation as an interesting t . . . more
Gender and Genius
Barbara Kerr, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Our ideas about what is gifted behavior for a boy or for a girl are imbued with society's notions of appropriate gender identity. Gifted boys and girls need to learn to cope with their giftedness while careful1y following prescribed gender roles if they want to avoid the rejection of their communities. How were thes . . . more