I was quite enraged to hear of the attitudes of many preservice educators when it comes to gifted education. One blog post in particular well rather the innocent and artistically pleasing picture that accompanied it has me furious. Why is it that the very people who will be instructing the students whom hold the greatest potential to make astounding discoveries and profound changes to the world can’t see their uniqueness? And while we’re at it let’s make the important and significant distinction between gifted and talented.
Gifted studentsare those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains: intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Gifted learners need considerable support. Often Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities come into play and these students need support to help them cope with extreme sentitives. They will easily become board in a class that doesn’t challenge them. This is where our efforts should be. I don’t want to hear that every student is gifted. They aren’t. But those that are have needs that are significantly different from their peers and even then different from other gifted students.
I beg you to not fall into the romanticised notion teacher pleasing ideals. Gifted kids will make your life hell! And they should, they should push you to help them learn. The skill lays in your ability as a teacher to ascertain at what level this is going to be.