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"The typical adolescent urge for less dependence on parents makes it particularly important for students in the middle grades to begin advocating for themselves. Each year I poll gifted middle schoolers on their comfort level in self-advocating. Not surprisingly, most are uncomfortable asking a teacher to modify something for them, and even less comfortable with their parents asking for them. Advice and assistance from parents is often shunned as teens transition into the greater independence of secondary school. But their naive attempts at self-advocacy frequently get them into trouble." Deborah Douglas, "Four Simple Steps to Self-Advocacy"

Four Simple Steps to Self-Advocacy by Deborah Douglas
 I can’t read your mind,” I told my son when he was a teenager, “so give me a little help here. What would make school better for you?” His shrug and blank stare told me that he didn’t really know how to describe what he needed. ... Fifteen years later as a gifted education coordinator, I still get that blank stare from many of the young people with whom I work—who don’t know how to ask, don’t know what to ask for, don’t even know that they can ask. Now, however, I have a plan to help them create a more successful, satisfying school experience...
Gifted Kids' Bill of Rights by Marissa K. Lingen
Each gifted child can say...
1) I have the right to challenge myself. I should realize that my interests and my thoughts are valid and should be pursued. If you don't limit me, I'm less likely to limit myself...
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under) Recommended by Judy Galbraith  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Introduction to giftedness for the younger child...

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook Recommended by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle  Also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn't always value, support, or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts, step-by-step strategies, and practical how-tos, and inspiring quotations
Self-Regulated Learning and Academically Talented Students by Sally Reis
The development of good self-regulation usually involves self-observation; self-judgment; self-reaction with goal-setting, self-administered praise or criticism, and asking for help.  Guiding students in acquiring these strategies can successfully increase their self-regulation and enhance academic achievement...
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