The 8 Great Gripes of Gifted Kids

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This Quick Write is all about the 8 great gripes.  You can write about one particular gripe, or a combination of gripes.  You may have a personal connection, whether it’s with yourself, a family member, or a student.  Remember, the goal of a Quick Write is not to worry about spelling and grammar (although it should be readable).  Rather the goal is to write your initial honest reactions to the prompt.  When the timer goes off, you will have one minute to wrap up your thoughts.

Now that you’ve watched the four movies (Great Gripes Movie #1Great Gripes Movie #2Great Gripes Movie #3Great Gripes Movie #4) that highlight the 8 greatest gripes of gifted kids, it’s time to reflect on those challenges and respond.  Here are the 8 great gripes:

  1.  No one explains what being gifted is all about – it’s kept a big secret
  2. School is too easy and too boring.
  3. Parents, teachers, and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.
  4. Friends who really understand us are few and far between.
  5. Kids often tease us about being smart.
  6. We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do in life.
  7. We feel different and alienated.
  8. We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything about them.
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  1. 1. No one explains what being gifted is all about – it’s kept a big secret
    2.School is too easy and too boring.

    I think it is hard for the student and the teachers because if it is a new teacher then they may or may not know how to teach a student that is much higher academically than mean of their class.

    3.Parents, teachers, and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.
    I don’t think that is the case if the teacher is flexible and know they first and foremost the student is a kiddo and human. No one is perfect all the time.

    4.Friends who really understand us are few and far between.& 5.Kids often tease us about being smart.
    That is why it is helpful for students to be placed in GT classes so they feel accepted and are challenged. It is also important to test students early so they do not fall into the depression of feeling lonely.

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