Young gifted girls embrace learning with a burning drive and passion. For the most part, they delve into elementary school with confidence, excitement and energy. They tend to love school...
Until they don't.
Something happens between elementary and high school that dampens the spirit for far too many gifted girls. Middle school is difficult for most children, and certainly creates challenges for gifted students (https://giftedchallenges.blogspot.com/2014/06/caught-in-middle-how-to-help-gifted.html). But gifted girls face social, academic and developmental hurdles that can reduce their burning drive to smoldering ashes.
Here's what we know:
All of these factors contribute to a tendency toward caution, worry and emotional reactivity that increases during puberty.
What can you do to help?
Gifted middle school girls deserve every opportunity to reach their potential. As teachers or parents, you can guide them to through this difficult transition and provide the foundation for their future development.
In addition to my work with gifted individuals, I have specialized in women's issues and eating disorders for over 30 years. This blog post is one in a series about gifted girls and women. Other posts about gifted girls and women include:
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