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Gifted Student Identification: The Scouting Metaphor

Education World – Steve Haberlin

“I think some parallels can be drawn between identifying gifted students in the classroom and scouting for talents in sports. For instance, baseball scouts operate on various levels (e.g. high school, college, minor league) when looking to recruit. Baseball scouts also spend ample lengths of time observing players in their natural environment; they don’t base decisions generally on one occurrence but base their selections on repeated observations and gathering much data. Also, decisions to draft players are also commonly made my multiple scouts orteam staff. Finally, if players are deemed “good enough,” they are typically given a try-out, perhaps invited to join a practice or exhibition session.” (more)

‘We had no idea our child would be gifted’

BBC – Staff Writer

“When Natalie and Ben’s daughter Ophelia joined the high-IQ society Mensa at only three years old, they knew they would be accused of being pushy parents. But what is it like to have a naturally-gifted child? “Really it was from about eight months old [that we realised how bright she could be],” Natalie Morgan tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Her daughter Ophelia had said her first word, ‘hiya’, a few months younger than the norm. “It really went from there. She started saying her colours, letters, numbers quite early on compared to most children.” By the age of two, Ophelia, the couple’s first child, was able to remember and recite the alphabet. They knew she was above average having read up online, but it was not until she started at play school that they realised how more advanced she was than her peers.” (more)

Don’t Stress Out! Here’s the Big Four Causes of Stress in Gifted Kids

Education World – Steve Haberlin

“As a parent (or teacher working with gifted children), it helps to understand their potential stressors. This way, you know what’s stressing them out and you can use the appropriate strategies and interventions (the subject of my next blog). While books have been written on the subject (and there is conflicting research on whether gifted children actually experience more stress or anxiety), essentially gifted children’s unique characteristics are the same traits that can create added stress and unique challenges socially and emotionally. Being different can be stressful. Let’s look at what I call the Big Four.” (more)

Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight

KQED News Mind/Shift – Anya Kamenetz

“Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety. But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge. Now he’s a psychologist who cares passionately about a holistic approach to education, one that recognizes the capacity within each child. He recently edited a volume of experts writing about how to reach students like himself: Twice Exceptional: Supporting And Educating Bright And Creative Students With Learning Difficulties.” (more)

Narrowing the Gifted Gap for Disadvantaged Students

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Amber M. Northern

“The United States wastes an enormous amount of its human capital by failing to cultivate the innate talents of many of its young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. That failure exacts a great cost from the nation’s economy, widens painful gaps in income, frustrates efforts to spur upward mobility, contributes to civic decay and political division, and worsens the inequalities that plague so many elements of our society.” (more)

Successful promotion of giftedness as early as elementary school age

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Associations such as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) have argued that the specific needs of gifted children are often neglected, resulting in a shriveling of their abilities and potential. Consequently, they call for the implementation of programs that specifically aim to promote gifted children. Together with colleagues at the German Institute of International Educational Research (DIPF), scientists at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen have examined how giftedness can be fostered as early as in elementary school.” (more)