It is important to know who your gifted children are. They have many different complicated sides about them. Gifted children will often where masks that will allow them to hide. Sometimes students don’t fit the mold of gifted child that many have come to think of. There are 5 areas that students can hid that will keep them from fitting that stereotype or mold:
- Asynchronous Development: These are students who can learn much more quickly than the average student, by socially they are not there. Mind and maturity have not met yet.
- Intensity: Some students are much more intense than others. There is a popular theorist named Kazimierz Dabrowski who created a theory that gifted children fall into 5 different Intensities, or Overexcitabilities as he called them.You can read more about that here.
- Social Isolation: Many times gifted children feel more isolated from their peers because of their advanced vocabulary, interests, and at times find their peers to be difficult to be around.
- Underachievement: This is when a child chooses not to perform to expectations of either the peers around them.
- Communication: Gifted children and average learners find it difficult to get along because of the gap in vocabulary and interest. Gifted children will often prefer to talk to adults than classmates.
You can access this Teacher and Student Inventory by clicking on the link below.
I would love to hear what some of your thoughts are about this inventory and if it was helpful in your classroom.