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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Giftedness: Just the Facts

Just the Facts. There are blogs and other opinions, whether in national newspapers or in some mother-turned-blogger's unofficial proclamation. Everyone has an opinion about giftedness, gifted education, gifted as a term, and everything else about giftedness. But what do we really KNOW about giftedness? What does the research say?

Find out here! Research citations included.

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including The "G" Word and Acceleration, again.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

When gifted students feel disconnected from school by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
There is a widespread assumption that gifted children love going to school - a place for indulging their intellect and where their talents can shine. But far too many become disengaged, frustrated and bored, as they endure watered-down instruction, and wait while their classmates learn information they already know. They often mask their abilities to gain acceptance by peers, and count the days until graduation.

In other words, many gifted students feel disconnected from school...
What Does “Profoundly Gifted” Mean? FAQ for Parents and Educators by Adventures of Hahn Academy
What Does “Profoundly Gifted” Mean? FAQ for Parents and Educators
What does the “profoundly gifted” label mean, and why is it significant? Please see below for frequently asked questions and answers from TPPG leaders, drawn from the work of psychologists and educators who study and work with profoundly gifted students.

How do you define “Profoundly Gifted?”
Experts define PG using evidence of an extreme level of ability and/or achievement...
Facts (or Truths?) in Gifted Education by Gift-Ed Connections
It would seem that using a scored test that demonstrates statistically significant results which can be reported within a range with a confidence level of up to 95% would give us a fairly reasonable "fact" to guide us in gifted education, but the truth is never quite so simple. Gifted education has been plagued by myths and a lack of agreement on not only what it means to be gifted but how those identified as giftedness should be supported, leaving us with a couple of interesting facts and some truths that might help the uninitiated navigate some of the confusion.

FACT: Gifted in one school district does not guarantee gifted in another...
Giftedness by the Numbers by Jill Williford Wurman, Director of Research, The Grayson School
Why do we make the effort to hold an event whose purpose is merely social before we even start the year? Because the gathering of these children together is crucial — not just to provide sufficient academic and intellectual challenge, but also for their social-emotional development. While feeding their brains is imperative, nurturing their social-emotional development is of equal import, and we know that social-emotional comfort in a school — especially a small one like ours — is a crucial part of preparing the ground so they can truly flourish intellectually.

How do we know this? There’s plenty of research to explain where this comes from, but perhaps the easiest way to understand its fundamental place in a school for the gifted is through the simplest concept that even our youngest schoolchildren understand: friendships...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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