A quote from a gifted adult looking back at elementary school, from Deborah Ruf’s fantastic article:
“I often thought that I was really stupid because I couldn’t understand why teachers taught things that I thought were obvious. I thought the other children were smarter because they saw complexities that I now know never existed. I had a hard time understanding other children. It never occurred to me that I felt different because I was ahead of them intellectually.”
If you’re not talking to gifted kids about what “gifted” means, who knows what they’re assuming.