Resources for Parents
Growth Mindset for Gifted Students:
Deanna Butherus and Joe Joyner, GT Specialists:
Videos:Why you need to fail - Derek Sivers (15 min)Khan Academy: You can learn anything (1.5 min)Neuroplasticity (2 min)
All children need to be loved, nurtured, kept safe, given attention and affection, and taught how to interact with other people. Gifted and talented children are no exception. As parents, it is our privilege and responsibility to do our best to provide these things for our children. It is particularly important to remember to always see your child as a child first and gifted and talented second.
District Six uses a variety of curricula to meet the needs of high-performing students. Some of these are as follows:
William and Mary Language Arts Curriculum for High Ability Learners
The goals of the Wiliam and Mary Language Arts units are to develop students' skills in literary analysis and interpretation, persuasive writing, linguistic competency, and oral communication, as well as to strengthen students' reasoning skills and understanding of the concept of change. The units engage students in exploring carefully selected, challenging works of literature from various times, cultures, and genres, and they encourage students to reflect on their readings through writing and discussion. The units also provide numerous opportunities for students to explore interdisciplinary connections to the language arts and to conduct research around issues relevant to their own lives. A guide to using the curriculum is also available.
Sometimes used as a supplement to the William & Mary language arts units for young students, and sometimes used stand-alone, Jacob's Ladder targets reading comprehension skills for high-ability learners. In the form of three skill ladders connected to individual readings in poetry, myths/fables, and nonfiction, students move from lower order, concrete thinking skills to higher order, critical thinking skills. For example, Ladder A moves students from Sequencing to Cause and Effect to Consequences and Implications.
Key to Reversing Underachievement
Underachievement is defined as a discrepancy between a child's school performance and some ability index such as an IQ score. It is a learned behavior that can be reversed over time.
Strategies for reversing underachievement:
- Underachievement is a complex web of behaviors that can be reversed by educators and parents who focus on the many strengths and talents of these students.
- Labeling a child as an "underachiever" disregards any positive outcomes or behaviors. It is better to label the behavior than the child.
- For example: "You have chosen not to turn in your homework" rather than "You are a poor student."
- Underachievement is tied to self-concept. Children who learn to see themselves in terms of failure eventually will lose their motivation to learn. For learning to continue, students must believe hard work is required and hard work will result in success.
- Establish values of honesty, trust, and truth with the child. Your role is to help underachievers reach their goals, not to punish or reward.
- Interventions should focus on the underachieving behaviors. Underachieving students need encouragement with emphases on effort.
- Help the child make concrete plans to solve the achievement problem. Ask him/her to develop a long-term goal with corresponding short-term goals. Do not supply solutions of your own as that only creates learned helplessness.
- Redefine success and failure. Success is following your plan attaining short-term goals. Failure is represented as a learning experience with the focus of attention on learning, not punishment or guilt.
- Analyze specific decisions that led to success or failure. Establish clear linkage of today's excuse with tomorrow's outcome. Help the underachiever to see how he/she defeats what he/she values.
- Celebrate successful attainment of short-term goals and build on success.
Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented
It is our belief that all humans have an inherent right to develop their full potential. The purpose of the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented is to foster an understanding of all gifted children and their exceptional needs, and to advocate for appropriate education through partnerships with educators, parents, administrators, legislators, and the general public.
Colorado Department of EducationBesides a vast amount of information about education in Colorado, one important link on this page is SchoolView; a portal for changing conversations about how our students learn and how our schools perform. Check out how the gifted student population in WCSD 6 and each individual school is performing on CSAP.
Hogies' Gifted Education Page
Gifted children in your classroom? Gifted kids in your home? Hoagies' Gifted Education Page will help you. You are not alone!
Welcome to Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. Pick your entrance, but explore them all!
National Association for Gifted ChildrenSupports the needs of high potential learners. This is a wonderful site full of links, books, and support for parents of gifted children.
The Association for the Gifted (TAG)The Association for the Gifted (TAG) was organized as a division of The Council for Exceptional Children in 1958. TAG plays a major part in helping both professionals and parents work more effectively with one of our most precious resources: the gifted child.