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The word "smart" gets tossed around a lot at school. Students can definitely point out the "smart kids" in their class. But what does "smart" actually mean to students?
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin, from the Calvin and Hobbes comics, is a wonderful window into the type of gifted child who might never be identified. Let's check out his many gifted characteristics.
If we want to understand gifted kids, a great place to start is by talking to gifted adults about their childhood!
What happens when students begin to doubt that they are gifted? When they fear that they aren't as smart as people have said? What happens when they feel like frauds and want to quit?
Gifted children are often described as *intense.* These intensities can manifest as extra energy, heightened senses, a deep desire to learn, and strong emotions. Learn more about giftedness and intensity.
Long Term Success
When we maximize short-term gains, we often disrupt long-term success in unexpected ways. How can we set our classrooms up to keep the long game in mind?
Gifted students are often noted for their "advanced sense of morality," even at young ages. They are bothered by injustice and unfairness and will stand up to adults when wronged. How do we handle this complex characteristic?