Creative Teaching & Learning

Young, Gifted, and Difficult

That gifted learners are also often low achievers is an all too common occurrence. But the received wisdom on this issue is often confused and the guidance unclear. Ginger O’Donnell reviews the latest thinking and the recommended teaching strategies.

Do you know an avid reader who hates English class? A teenager who is both a marvelous writer and a hopeless procrastinator? It certainly isn’t easy to decode children’s behavior, but for gifted children, and especially twice exceptional children (gifted children with learning disabilities), the code can be especially hard to crack. Teachers who are attuned to the possibility of their students’ giftedness, who understand what makes gifted children tick, can avoid a frustrating tug-of-war and help their students’ creativity thrive. But first – what does the term “gifted” really mean?

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