“Am I talking too much? People are always telling me that I do and it seems to cause no end of aggravation.” — Anne Shirley Do you know a highly-verbal child who amazes you with word wizardry while also driving you to distraction? The new Netflix series, Anne with an E, based on the beloved Anne of Green Gables books, is a great portrait of the smooth sailing and rough seas when it comes to this gift. Season 1, Episode 1 is worth a look for all of us who want to be better coaches of these … [Read more...] about Anne of Green Gables, That Greatly Gifted Kid
Gifted children often talk a lot. Their early vocabulary astounds their audiences and attracts amazed praise. The frequent and extraordinary approval reinforces their verbal skills and, by classical conditioning, causes them to feel intelligent while they’re talking. It’s no wonder they’re often so willing to share their knowledge—sometimes nonstop—with parents, classmates, teachers, and almost anyone who is willing to listen. The confident verbosity of gifted children convinces parents that … [Read more...] about Listening For What Gifted Children Don’t Say
Walk into most classrooms these days and you are likely to see a teacher monopolizing class discussion. Most schools remain largely autocratic even though democratically run schools tend to have fewer discipline problems, greater civic involvement, higher student engagement, and higher achievement. … [Read more...] about Children are to Be Seen and Not Heard?
Alice is an introverted eight-year-old who chats happily with parents, siblings, and close friends but doesn’t talk much in class. Her teacher thinks that she is struggling and suggests holding her back. Her parents are frustrated and angry; fortunately, they know that she’s gifted and look for other solutions. … [Read more...] about Gifted and Shy
My son always receives A’s on his spelling tests. My daughter loves to write and tell stories. Are these youth verbally gifted? Possibly. Should their parents nurture their potential talent? Absolutely. Experts in gifted education recommend fostering a child’s interests while seeking an identification of ability. … [Read more...] about Nurturing Verbal Talent
Shawn, an inquisitive, blond 10-year-old, knows everyone in his sub-division. He is always the first to visit newcomers. He is a source of information for parents who want to know who carpools and for children who want to know when the park is open. Like Shawn, your child already has a network, although you may not realize it. A network may be composed of relatives, friends, classmates, teachers, neighbors, and other acquaintances. But what is networking, and why is it important? … [Read more...] about Networking is Fun! Networking is Easy!