Our featured guest tonight was Jade Ann Rivera (@jadeannrivera), an innovative educator who has worked extensively with neurodiverse children. A gifted woman herself, Jade brings a quiet confidence to the individualized environments she creates for her students. Jade's article The Twice Exceptional Child and Impostor Syndrome is well worth the read.
Many gifted children experience feeling outside the norm, whether it is being able to read before anyone else, or figuring answers faster than others, or feeling the intensity of emotions that other kids don't seem to experience. Because of this, Douglas Eby, M.A./Psychology states, "Many talented and creative people experience impostor or fraud feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments."
From an educator's perspective, we will often see a high degree of perfectionism expressed.
Watching our feedback is primary. Giving students specific positive feedback worded in a way that shows the work they did was meaningful.
Discuss stereotypes and people who have broken the norm. Seeing how someone else was able to do it gives students confidence and shows them that they are not frauds.
Finding ways to counteract this type of behavior in our gifted students will help promote a healthy self image and positive emotional growth.
I hope you have found this article helpful. Please join us for the next #ohiogtchat March 20 when we discuss identity formation in gifted children.
See a complete transcript of this chat at: https://storify.com/mrjshoemaker/mar-6-imposter-syndrome.