Without considering learning difficulties or underachievement, many gifted students cruise through their schooling years.
I come across many gifted students who just cannot cope with a challenging task – although they are gifted, have tested highly or are anecdotal extremely able.
They cry, they misbehave, they say ‘I’m hopeless’ at the drop of a challenging hat.
Although school is fun, there are friends and great activities – School is easy. There is little challenge.
And this poses a problem.
These children NEED to be challenged on a daily basis and many schools are doing these students a disservice by always giving them work they can achieve easily.
Without challenge, students never feel a sense of failure.
Without challenge, students do not need to change their way of thinking.
Without challenge, students do not need to build resilience
Without challenge, students do not know how to problem solve.
Every teacher, in every classroom needs to set the bar just that bit higher. They need to pre test students to understand what they know so they can give them learning opportunities where they will be challenged.
When students are challenged they may fail, but they can work out solutions to fix that problem.
When students are challenged they understand how to deal with mistakes and failure and build up resilience.
When students are challenged they feel a better sense of achievement.
It is too often I teach gifted students who get easily upset in pullout programs or misbehave because they are being challenged. They do not know how to stretch themselves or deal with mistakes.
Teachers of every grade need to constantly challenge their students in some way so that they grow every day and become stronger believers in their own abilities.
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