Be careful of—even inadvertently—sabotaging your children’s perceptions about themselves,
their peers, and their teachers.
Gifted children need to understand that they control their own destinies: They succeed because they have the skills and put forth effort, and that failures may be attributed to lack of effort.
Even at a very young age, gifted and talented students need to find meaning in their lives.
It’s important that high-ability children understand that they have gifts and talents…but it’s up to them to put forth effort, persevere, and accept challenges to grow.
Gifted children want their voices to be heard.
Del Siegle, Ph.D., is director of the National Center for Research
on Gifted Education, and D. Betsy McCoach, Ph.D., is professor
and program coordinator of the Measurement, Evaluation and
Assessment program, both at the University of Connecticut. Betsy
and Del are married, life partners, and parents of two young gifted
and talented children. They have authored numerous books and
papers on a multitude of topics, including Motivating Gifted Students:
The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education, and were recently
co-editors of Gifted Child Quarterly.
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