Food for thought about gifted and talented kids

“Adults constantly raise the bar on smart children, precisely because they're able to handle it. The children get overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them and gradually lose the sort of openness and sense of accomplishment they innately have. When they're treated like that, children start to crawl inside a shell and keep everything inside. It takes a lot of time and effort to get them to open up again. Kids' hearts are malleable, but once they gel it's hard to get them back the way they were.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

The phrase Gifted and Talented is used to describe children with high ability. Gifted means high ability in one or more academic subject.
Talented means high ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or performing arts.

Françoys Gagné says: "Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance."

Whether the child is successful, challenging, underground, a dropout, double-labelled or autonomous they need time for uninterrupted, self directed play both inside and outside. They do not need to just develop their area of interest or strength, they need to develop as a whole person. They need to learn skills and attitudes that meet their social and emotional needs and help them be independent and happy for their whole life.
Exploring in the creek.

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