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Myths About Gifted Kids

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

There are a lot of myths out there about gifted students. Today I want to highlight and debunk some of the most common ones we hear in the course of our work advocating for gifted kids.

Gifted Students Don’t Need Help

Gifted students have great potential, but they, like any other student, need guidance and support for it to be fully realized. Left without help, gifted students can become bored and unchallenged, leading to a dislike for school and low-achievement. The guidance of a teacher, parent, counselor or other supportive adult is crucial for the success of a gifted student.

Students with Learning Disabilities Cannot be Gifted

Some gifted students are twice-exceptional, meaning they also have learning disabilities, which makes it harder for their giftedness to be recognized. Most of these students have the problem of things at school being too hard or too easy and are often not served and challenged at the level they need. It is important for these students to both be challenged and receive help for their learning disability.

Gifted Students Always Get Good Grades

Gifted underachievers are a very real thing. Some students are bored and disengaged from being unchallenged in the classroom, therefore they stop really trying to get good grades. Other students spend so much time on academic pursuits unrelated to school that required work goes uncompleted. These students greatly benefit from the support of an adult to help break the cycle of underachievement.

Gifted Kids Excel in All Areas – Academic, Social and Emotional

Asynchronous Development, in which gifted kids develop academically, socially and emotionally at different levels, is one of the signature traits of gifted children. For example, a first grade student may be reading at a sixth grade level, but be communicating below the ideal for their age. This can sometimes lead to social struggles in school.

Teachers Love Having Gifted Students in the Classroom

It is often thought that gifted children are model students, but, in reality, they can be disruptive and have behavioral issues that frustrate their teacher. However, this can often be avoided when students are engaged, challenged and matched with a teacher who understands and enjoys gifted children.

All Gifted Kids are the Same

Gifted kids are just as varied and diverse as everyone else! They have a wide range of abilities and interests, as well as social and cultural backgrounds.

What myths about gifted students would you like to debunk?

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  • JaneDoe
    Posted at 06:38h, 20 July Reply

    Myth: Gifted kids are all nerdy, awkward, and unfashionable.
    Myth: If a gifted kid has a cheery demeanor in school, it’s because (s)he’s satisfied with his/her educational circumstances as opposed to just wanting to stay positive and be grateful for what IS going right in his/her life, even if that’s actually very little..

    Try being smarter AND prettier AND nicer than all your classmates and see how willing the schools are to lend you a helping hand. You can’t really be suffering in a standard classroom or you wouldn’t look so good and have so many friends, right? (eyeroll)

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