Common Myths About Gifted Students

•   Gifted students are a homogeneous group, all high achievers. 

•   Gifted students do not need help. If they are really gifted, they can manage on their own. 

•   Gifted students have fewer problems than others because their intelligence and abilities somehow exempt them from the hassles of daily life. 

•   The future of a gifted student is assured: a world of opportunities lies before the student. 

•   Gifted students are self-directed; they know where they are heading. 

•   The social and emotional development of the gifted student is at the same level as his or her intellectual development. 

•   Gifted students are nerds and social isolates. 

•   The primary value of the gifted student lies in his or her brain power. 

•   The gifted student's family always prizes his or her abilities. 

•   Gifted students need to serve as examples to others and they should always assume extra responsibility. 

•   Gifted students make everyone else smarter. 

•   Gifted students can accomplish anything they put their minds to. All they have to do is apply themselves. 

•   Gifted students are naturally creative and do not need encouragement. 

•   Gifted children are easy to raise and a welcome addition to any classroom 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE REGULAR CLASSROOM TEACHER?

What can be done to challenge and enrich?

Underachievement

Truths About Gifted Students

The Bright Child vs. the Gifted Learner

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