Happy Monday. Today I want to share something a bit…inspirational. But first, a little background. I was recently promoted to a new position within my school district – Program Specialist for programs related to emotional and behavioral support. While I will not officially assume the new job until my current position is filled (another week or so), I am more than a little excited for this new adventure.

Part of this new role relates to training and development in the area of mental health and schools. And so, although I haven’t taken the job, I have been attending numerous trainings on the topic of mental health. Most of them have been fabulous. And every now and then, I get information that is so relevant to both my job AND the work I do with gifted children, that I just HAVE to share…

This is one of those moments.

Recently, I have had the opportunity to coach a lot of parents regarding navigating through the often difficult maze of education with their gifted kids. Sometimes the kids are bored, their needs unmet in traditional learning. Sometimes, the situation is made more complex because the child is both gifted and a student with a learning disability, or gifted and a student with a mental health concern. Working with these children can pose unique challenges; and sometimes the challenges are discordant with what we “want” to do in education. Or discordant with what we “think” we should/must do.

Enter the video I want to share with all of you.

This inspirational video is all about breaking barriers, changing points of view, and realizing if we commit ourselves to thinking out of the box and being flexible in our dealings with children – all children…

If we refuse to accept the status quo and remember that these are CHILDREN who deserve the best we have to give…

If we decide to develop partnerships with each other, with parents, and with the community…

There really is nothing we can’t achieve.

We can meet the needs of our GT population. We can meet the unique challenges of our 2E kids. But only if we commit ourselves to the task.

Watch this video. Share it. And then, take action. The only way we can help our GT kids flourish is if we decide to do something about it.

Next week I am going to talk more about the judgments and labels we sometimes place on people, and the resultant stigmas. Until then, I’d love to learn more from you –

Did you like the video? Was it inspirational to you? What is something you are willing to do to help our GT population?


5 thoughts on “Together, We CAN do more…

  1. The “new culture” part of the video rings true in that the one thing which severely handicaps all gifted is the lack of a gifted culture/cultural community. Some small communities have spottily formed and the internet has facilitated this. But if you look at how some minority communities have banded together to lift themselves up by their bootstraps, gifted culture and community is still very much in its infancy. Minority communities had to get past derogatory terms and stop believing the terms were true. So when people say gifted people/kids are (spoiled, need no help, are all the same, only certain kinds are valuable, others kinds of kids have more need) what do we do? Do we whine saying it’s not true? Or do we take it for what it is: an insult, a stereotype — and respond in a manner appropriate to that. When kids have problems, do we say it’s an institutional problem for not supporting gifted parents? Or do we band together to find successful mentors from within the community to help the kids weather the storms. I think if you think of giftedness as a different kind of mental wiring—another kind of human in the vast varieties of humans—as opposed to an achievement badge, the needs to develop a gifted culture and community become apparent. Just as minority communities have cultural icons that give hope to kids of their communities, there are gifted cultural icons that exist from all walks of life doing all kinds of things. Trouble is, we don’t know them and can’t relate them. We need people who are not just at the end of the bell-curve for giftedness. There are those who are within the middle of the gifted range who are successful too. A spectrum of icons to match a spectrum of giftedness.

  2. What an inspiring video, Christine! It reminds me of how much adults have an effect on the young people around us, sometimes without even realizing it. When we are more conscious in what we say and do, we can have an even greater impact.

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