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Understanding Advanced Learners

The 8 Great Gripes of Gifted Students

1. No one explains what being gifted is all about.

2. The stuff we do in school is too easy.

3. People expect us to be perfect.

4. Kids tease us about being smart.

5. There are few friends who really understand us.

6. We feel different and wish people would accept us as we are.

7. We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do.

8. We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything.


More Information: 

  • “Experiencing in a Higher Key: Dabrowski’s Theory of and for Gifted” by Michael Piechowski, published in Gifted Education Coordinator Spring 2002. Specifically addresses the social emotional needs of gifted students.  Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
  • Overexcitabilities — information about overexcitabilities or personality traits associated with highly-able learners
  • SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities. Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted

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