Reflecting on the Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners


“The emotional well-being of a child must be considered if they are to grow and learn in a healthy manner.”


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  1. When you have anxiety it is one of the most debilitating things in your life. If you it is debilitating to your life function’s, then how on earth can you expect a student let alone a child to learn and succeed? You have to make sure your children are safe and taken care of.

  2. Students need to feel comfortable and safe in their environment so they are able to reach their maximum learning potential.

  3. This is true for all children, not just GT students. We need to have a relationship built with our students and understand their emotional state.

  4. Gifted students need a great amount of emotional and social support to be successful in the gen ed classroom & deserve to be academically challenged.

  5. We need to be able to differentiate our approach to the students to meet their emotional and social needs. We have learned A LOT of different types of behaviors, emotions, and needs of our GT students.

  6. This is definitely true. Students need to have their social and emotional needs met before they are open to new learning.

  7. A child’s basic needs must be met in order for them to feel comfortable and safe enough to express themselves and try new things. Teachers are a big part of meeting their students’ emotional needs.

  8. It is of utmost importance that teachers have a relationship with each gifted learner and understand any issues they may face. If a teacher is aware of these issues, they can adequately plan and be proactive in meeting the needs of his/her students.

  9. Gifted students are complex and diverse beings. By meeting their social and emotional needs, they will thrive and grow into healthy and productive adults.

  10. It is important to be flexible and understand emotional and social needs should be met as well. Build relationships with your students.

  11. If student’s emotional needs are not met, they will be unable to focus and thrive in the classroom, because they will be constantly focusing and dwelling on circumstances that are beyond their control.

  12. For students to fully reach their potential they must feel comfortable in the classroom. It is our job as teachers to meet those needs.

  13. I agree with this quote. We must differentiate to meet the social and emotional needs for our gifted learners.

  14. Social and emotional needs form the foundation on which anyone can learn. Each child is different, and we must respect those differences in order for learning to be genuine and profound.

  15. Gifted students are not only heighten academically, but also emotionally. The nurturing of both is necessary for students to be successful. All students are unique, and as teachers, we must find a balance to respond to their academic and emotional needs.

  16. I definitely agree. A child’s basic human needs need to be met to feel safe to take risks in the classroom. All students have the potential to do great things, but it is our job as facilitators to look at the whole child and plan accordingly to give them the best education you possible can.

  17. Teachers have to recognize the problem and be able to give kids the skill sets to grow. The skill sets will allow student to move forward and maximize their full potential.

  18. If a student does not feel good emotionally or do well socially they will have a difficult time adjusting to the classroom. It is vital for them to do well 🙂

  19. All the areas of well being should be considered if they are to grow and learn in a healthy manner. Physical, emotional, social, etc.

  20. Differentiation is vital in the classroom. Considering students background when they come to us and through out the year to best support them. Students need to be understood according to their differences and make them feel safe and challenged in the classroom.

  21. Gifted learners have such a wide range of emotional well-being. It is essential that the GT teacher be familiar with the social and emotional needs of the GT learner.

  22. I learned a lot about the array of levels gifted learners can be placed on. It will help me to better identify these students and assist their needs.

  23. This comment is true because all students have to feel that they are successful if we want them to grow. All students have the ability to learn and strive in an respectful learning environment.

  24. As teachers we have to make sure that we understand that our students are coming to us from a variety of environments. If they don’t feel connected to us emotionally we won’t know what is happening at home or internally that is impacting their learning in our class.

  25. Students have to feel safe in order to lean and grow. In order for them to feel safe, you have to meet their basic needs. You have to reach them before you can truly teach them.

  26. Students need to feel like they are in a safe environment so, with this said, their emotional well-being should be met. They’re growth and learning will follow.

  27. Teachers must create a safe learning environment for all students no matter what they are bringing to the table…intellectually, socially, emotionally, or creatively!

  28. As a teacher we should be flexible, able to adapt and be very understanding of the cognitive, emotional and social differences in our GT students since they directly affect how the students will approach the class.

  29. When teaching a child who has an anxiety disorder, their well-being needs to be considered at all times. Today, I learned about the different ways in talking a child through anxiety and how to help them. Being aware of gifted children’s anxiety is very important in making sure their needs are being accommodated within the classroom.

  30. With so many gripes that GT students have teachers must be sensitive to their unique needs in order to better serve them.
    Another aspect to consider is the different anxiety indicators the gt students might have, due to their level of giftedness they can have more emotional issues than other students. Teachers need to guide GT students through steps to assure them they will be fine.

  31. Yes, if these needs are not met in a gifted student they will not grow in to a healthy, happy, productive, human beings. Meeting these emotional needs are far more important to the child as a whole in growing who they will become in the future.

  32. I believe this is true because if students’ affective filter is high, students are not able to learn or concentrate in their learning. Students should be able to feel safe and welcomed in order to not feel anxiety, low self-esteem, and boredom.

  33. I learned how to identify and help gifted students. I look forward to additional training to support our gifted students.

  34. I totally agree because you can’t think straight when you are dealing with issues. When your emotional needs are met you feel more comfortable and are able to learn and grow.

  35. Yes, the grades reflect whenever a student feels secure and accepted in a classroom. And we as teachers are the one responsible for making them feel comfortable and happy to be in a classroom.

  36. Students need to feel safe and they need to know that their teacher respects them in order for them to be successful in any academic endeavor.

  37. Social and emotional needs of a child need to be meet in order for them to feel safe in the classroom environment. This will allow them to have a better performance in school, and they will feel safe. I like how you showed the ways that we can help students feel secure or even fight their anxiety in the classroom.

  38. The child is a whole being and the social aspect is one of the components of the whole person. In order for the student to grow successfully this aspect must never be neglected but rather nurtured in a manner to help the student grow. When a student feels comfortable and needs are met, that student most likely will intentionally work to achieve his or her potential. Also, the proper development of the social aspect of a child help the other components of that child , thus making that child a much better GT student.

  39. It is important for teachers to take into considerations students feelings. Emotions are part of getting students motivated to learn, and capable of integrating new information into their lives.

  40. It is important to have a holistic view of our students in order to help them reach their potential. We can provide a much higher quality of education and maximize students’ performance when we have an understanding of their needs.

  41. Having a safe and welcoming classroom can help any GT student and all students. If they feel comfortable and welcomed maybe this can help build that relationship. They can also help them learn and grow as an individual.

  42. If an educator fails to empathize or learn about their students’ emotional and social needs they could severely hinder him/her. As we saw with all the GT profiles, each student is different and their instruction must be differentiated. We must all remember to be flexible and go beyond what is expected in order to help ALL of our students succeed.

  43. Educators need to be aware of the social and emotional needs of the children they serve. If a child is preoccupied with a social/emotional conflict, he/she will be not be able to be fully engaged in the classroom. Also, the more the educator is aware of these needs, the better able the educator will be to create a safe environment for these students and avoid triggering emotional booby-traps. a

  44. The students need to feel safe to express their thoughts and have the support in the classroom to be able to reach success. If they feel bad about themselves or feel that others do not approve, then they are not safe to express themselves.

  45. Social and emotional needs of gifted students must be strongly considering when designing lessons and when creating an effective learning environment. Being flexible with students emotional and social needs will raise their level of comfort while under your care.

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