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Hoagies' Blog Hop May 2014: The "G" Word "Gifted"
Education Page introduces our new Blog Hop!
What's a Blog Hop? It's a chance for bloggers to get together and talk
about a specific topic, and a chance for readers to hop around from
blog to blog, getting different perspectives on that topic.
When my girls were preschoolers, I enjoyed hopping around the
parenting blog hops. Today, we enjoy reading the
homeschoolers' perspectives in the
Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hops.
This month, Hoagies' Gifted
Education Page introduces our very own Blog Hop with our first topic:
Word. Bloggers from all corners of the gifted
community--parents, teachers and counselors--join us to share their
The "G" Word. Gifted. What does it mean to you? What
does it mean to others? Is it good? Is it bad? Should we use it? Change it?
Read on to see what this month's Hoagies' Blog Hop bloggers think
and feel! Thanks to all our bloggers for opening up this
Join us next month for Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hop, Gifted
@Play. It's a great way to start your summer! If you'd
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Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our new Blog Hop graphic!
Dropping the G-Bomb: Twelve Confessions from a Gifted Advocate by
Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts
on Life and Learning
- Confession #1. I'm uncomfortable using the g-word in public. Why? Because
many people outside of gifted education circles react to the word in a
I’m not ‘G’,
I’m Gifted by Peter Lydon in
GT Network Ireland
- Gifted is a label and we should just get used to the fact. There
screen-capture-21is nothing wrong with using that label. I certainly do not
apologise for using it. I use it confidently when taking to not-so-sure
parents and sceptical teachers alike. If we are uncertain about it, how can
we convince others of it. “I’m gifted, you have a problem with that? Too
Air on the ‘G’ String by Tim Dracup,
- As I see it, there are three sets of issues with the ‘G’ word:
--Terminological – the term carries with it associations that make some
advocates uncomfortable and predispose others to resist such advocacy.
--Definitional – there are many different ways to define the term and the
subset of the population to which it can be applied; there is much
disagreement about this, even amongst advocates.
--Labelling – the application of the term to individuals can have unintended
negative consequences, for them and for others....
- My Gifted
Ambivalence by Lisa Rivero
- When we decided to homeschool after our son’s second grade year, it was as
much to escape the gifted label and traditional gifted education as it was
to accommodate the needs that accompany giftedness...
Shmifted by Paula Prober,
Your Rainforest Mind
- Time to address the elephant. The one in the room. You know what I’m
talkin’ about. I’m starting to hyperventilate. I really don’t want to do
this. But it was going to come up sooner or later...
The Stickiness of the G-Word and the (2e) School Dance by Carolyn Fox,
A 2E Fox Revived
- The stickiness of the g-word and the (2e) school dance ...reminded me why
it can be so awkward, difficult, and uncomfortable with a 2e child. It's
that moment when you tend to avert your eyes and want to disappear.
Braver than you believe
- What if identifying a gifted child were as easy as identifying a police
car speeding up behind you (even in those so-called stealth cars)? You know,
with lights flashing and sirens blaring? I'm going out on a limb here to say
Warning. May Contain Something We Don't Talk About by
- I was a gifted child. 'Officially' speaking, I mean. Under the definitions
that were in vogue when I was a kid, which were mostly based on IQ, I was
well above the cut off point for giftedness... And so I labelled myself. I
labelled myself as 'Martian', and 'Larzadian' (an alien from the planet
Larzadia when I read Mars was unlikely to support complex life). I labelled
myself as 'Crazy' and 'Mad'. I labelled myself as 'Dangerous'. I labelled
myself as a 'Perversion'. I labelled myself as 'Retarded'. And I labelled
myself as 'Worthless' and 'Unloveable'. And 'Wrong.'
Why is the "gifted" label so
Gail Post in
- Parents of gifted children, who harness the courage to advocate for
appropriate educational services, must navigate a maze of criticism and
skepticism from opponents who doubt the validity of the concept. Often met
with blank stares at parent-teacher conferences, school board meetings, and
parent groups, they feel alone and misunderstood. Not unlike their children:
alone and misunderstood...
The G Word
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- “Why is Columbus Cheetah sitting on the chair in the Naughty Corner?” I
asked Sprite. “Black Dog put him there” she replied. “He said Columbus was
using naughty words and needed to sit in the corner and think about it. But
I don’t know what he said that was naughty. He didn’t say the F word, or the
S word, or the B word!”
“What did he say?” I asked...
'Genius' vs. 'Gifted' by Mrs. Warde,
- Confession: I inwardly cringe when you call my child a "genius." I'm sure
it's meant as a complement, but all I hear is "stop bragging about your
kid." Maybe it's because growing up, the word "genius" was thrown around as
an insult by the other kids...
The G-Word by
- We all know "those" words. The F-word. The S-word.
"He-double-hockey-sticks." There are as many different ones as their are
families, and as there are creative ways to swear. What I didn't expect was
to spend most of my adult life trying to skirt around one of my own...
G-Word: giftedness in kids and adults by
Christy's Houseful of Chaos
- I have a confession to make. Despite being part of the gifted
homeschooling forum blogging community, and now participating in a Hoagie's
Gifted blog-hop, I've been hesitant about using that word "gifted," scared
to claim it for fear of being found out as a fraud and/or criticized as
elitist or egotistical...
And now for something completely different by
- Yes, every child is a gift. But no, not every child is gifted. Maybe it is
the word, “gifted” that gets people tied up in knots. But decades of trying
to find a better word, has not revealed that perfect term to explain what it
means to be a gifted person. Oh, and no, it isn’t only children who are
- Disjoint thoughts
on the "G" word, prompted by a friend's blog by
- When I was previously teaching in the public schools, my principal, after
observing class, wondered to me: "I get why you are good with the bright
kids - it's why I hired you! But why are you good with the slow kids?!" I
explained to him that I teach people, not subjects...
- Giftedness and the
Perpetual Struggle to Change the Label by Philobiblius
- I have touched upon the label war off and on for many years, here and
elsewhere. I strongly favor keeping the word we have for children of high
potential: gifted. I do not say this because I like the word -
I don't. Nor do I say it because I like labeling children - I don't. I say
The Myth That Hurts Gifted Learners by
The Grayson School
- The myth that all children are gifted is a common one, which is why we
suspect the response was so vehement. It’s not just this post; it’s a myth
perpetuated by the first grade teacher, the Facebook friend from college,
the well-meaning coworker. It doesn’t come from a bad place, but regardless
of the intentions behind the sentiment, it remains the case that this
attitude—all children are gifted—works to undermine and deny the very real
struggles that gifted students and their families face...
Claiming my Gifted Identity by
Jonica Hunter, guest
blogger for Discover Your Awesome
- When I first came across another person who also approached life with that
same intensity, scope, and depth, I was excited in ways I had never before
thought possible. Our lives collided in brilliant synergy, exploring new
territory and building a connection unlike any I had known before. Early on,
my new friend brought up the concept of extreme giftedness, and that I, too,
should be included in that category. At first I was wary: Me?
Extraordinarily gifted? Unthinkable...
Everyone is Gifted, Says Math (Ethics Agrees) Written by Jay (Jade)
Piltser. Edited by Andy Cowan, in
Discover Your Awesome
- I can try to connect with those open to understanding how much the label
“gifted” is needed to avoid causing unnecessary pain to kids and adults who
are unable to find their tribe, due to several understandable, but
Gifted is Not Elitist by
A Voracious Mind
I don't throw the G word around in public freely. We parents understand
that though it, too, is a unique need it doesn't compare to what mainstream
society thinks of as a special need. Special needs garner sympathy and
regional support but gifted gets neglected and will always elicit envy
amongst those that don't live with it daily...
|First, the belief that the label of “gifted” does not serve a purpose for
those who do not build their identity around scholastic achievement. Often
expressed as “I am not that smart and/or I hate school.”|
|Second, the belief that “everyone is gifted in something” and/or
“giftedness is elitist.” These are attempts to make people feel a sense of
desirable, but erroneous equality...|
‘G’ for Gifted is more than just a word! by
For them “Normal” means the way they are, the way they think and create
and the way they feel, understand and recognise the world around them. If
you ask Gifted children what is “Giftedness”? and who is “Gifted”? Gifted
Separating individuals from
the crowd by
Suki Wessling in Avant Parenting
- Before we had children, my husband and I thought that the G-word
(“gifted”) was funny at best, elitist and misguided at worst. Then we had
by Any Other Name... by
- While I’ve always championed keeping the word gifted for mostly pragmatic
reasons (it’s a nice short word, easy to search) it has made me think of
what another option might be. So, even though it’s not May anymore…
Vulnerable. Intense. Enigmatic. Lonely...
the G-Word, Weird Brains, and Stars by
- Let’s put the key takeaway up front: It is not a statement about
intrinsic human worth. This is why, if it came up at all, I always
referred to myself as being “weird,” a somewhat self-denigrating word,
because I wanted to avoid elitist implications. But giftedness has to do
with that nebulous concept we call intelligence, and intelligence is so
highly valorized in our culture that the implication that someone has more
of it than others is indeed fraught...
And a couple 'oldies' on this topic that are well worth reading...
Norm Can Blow It Out Its Ear by
Catherine Riordan, in Dazzled
- Gifted children eventually grow up, but gifted is not a term which adults
tend to use in reference to themselves. It comes with many negative
connotations and is something people expect you to grow out of anyway.
However, gifted is just a term used, usually in education, to refer to those
at the upper end of the intelligence spectrum. It comes with various traits,
not least of which are the overexcitabilities or intensity.
The problem is that we all compare ourselves and others to the norm. Those
who fall to either side of the norm are at risk of being perceived as
"abnormal" when, in fact, they are just different to the majority...
Welcome to Lake Woebegon, where
100% of children are in the top 2.5% by
Carolyn K., in Hoagies' Nibbles
- 100% of children are in the top 2.5% of children. It sounds ridiculous
when it is stated mathematically, but you hear it often in its common form:
"All children are gifted." No matter how you say it, it is still nonsense.
Nonsense. Not sensible. Not true. And certainly not defensible...
Being Gifted is a Beautiful Mess by
Madison Kimrey, in Functional Human Being
- Today, I read a blog post... entitled, "Every Child Is Gifted and
Talented. Every Single One." Ms. Melton doesn't get it. Even though
I'm what is classified as Profoundly Gifted, the word "genius" doesn't apply
to me, yet she keeps throwing it around and showing her ignorance of special
April 02, 2019