Presentation on theme: "Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students Bud Harrelson Program Manager for School Improvement August 22, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students Bud Harrelson Program Manager for School Improvement August 22, 2011
What causes giftedness? Mental or cognitive age is great then chronological age Asynchronous development
Products of Asynchronous Development Assimilate information faster than age-mates Intuition or heighten sensitivity / perception Sense of justice and fairness
Theory of Intelligence Entity Born with all of the intelligence you will ever have Incremental Your intelligence level can increase with work (Dweck, 1975, 2000)
Social and Emotional Needs EVERYONE WANTS TO BE ACCEPTED BY THEIR PEERS
Social and Emotional Needs – Elementary Students No studies show that gifted elementary students suffer from bias. In fact, they tend to be more popular than their peers.
Social and Emotional Needs – Middle School Students By age 13, the popularity advantage for gifted students disappears (Austin & Draper, 1981; Schneider, 1987; Schneider, Clegg, Byrne, Ledingham, & Crombie, 1989; Udvari & Rubin, 1996).
Social and Emotional Needs – Middle School Students Gifted adolescents Value being intelligent Recognize that giftedness exacts a social price (Schroeder-Davis, 1999)
The quest for acceptance… Denial Perfectionism Underachievement
The quest for acceptance… Denial Their ability really isnt that good
The quest for acceptance… Underachievement Form of denial Student purposefully do not perform at her highest ability
The quest for acceptance… Perfectionism Enabling / Normal Try again, trial and error Disabling / Neurotic Paralysis, avoidance, anxiety attacks, withdrawal
How can parents combat… Ensure that children have opportunities to socialize with other young people that share similar passions
How can parents combat… Reinforce that acceptance based upon popularity ends after high school Create an environment that honors an incremental mindset Praise Resilience Model problem-solving Grades
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