Opinion
Education Opinion

‘Ten Ways Gifted Education Has Helped Me’

By Tamara Fisher — March 24, 2013 3 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Last week, on a bit of a lark, I wrote something on the whiteboard in each of my “classrooms,” then waited to see if the kids would notice and what, if anything, they would contribute. Below are the results. (Multiple kids added to each list, so there’s an occasional repeat within a list.)

“10 Ways GT Has Helped Me,” from my 2nd and 3rd graders:
1. To get a challenge
2. To have a challenge and not have everything be easy
3. To play logic games and learn new things
4. Perseverance
5. Logic thinking
6. To not get stuff done right away
7. That not everything in life is going to be easy
8. To be challenged
9. So everything isn’t so easy
10. It helped me learn new things like Latin and Greek base words

“10 Ways GT Has Helped Me,” from my 3rd and 4th graders:
1. Challenge my mind. It makes my thinking not scattered.
2. Inspired me to do things. Ex. = Take on challenges.
3. GT helps me to use my brain and strategy because we play chess and you have to think.
4. If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be here in GT because in [my regular] class I feel like we are learning 1st grade activities and we are doing unnecessary things to drag on activities in class
5. GT helps me to learn math, logic, creativity, and how to handle frustration better, which I never knew before. In class I hear the same things over and over again, but not here in GT.
6. It makes thinking fun!
7. GT has helped me by challenging me and not having to listen to things over and over or things I already know.
8. I know how to play chess better.
9. GT makes me feel better. It helps me cool off when I’m mad. It helps me stay calm when I’m upset.
10. There are complicated problems that help me!

“10 Ways GT Has Helped Me,” from my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders:
1. GT has given me the confidence to pursue my goals in life.
2. GT has given me the opportunities and discipline to do the things I have always wanted to do.
3. GT has given me a place where I feel like I’m not different. Here I feel accepted and able to be as smart as I want.
4. GT is a class where we can relate to one another, better than in most classes.
5. GT has taught me that persistence is one of life’s necessities.
6. GT has shown me that it’s OK and acceptable to have different views or ideas that go against what is commonly accepted.
7. GT has taught me to think of my goals as flexible.
8. GT has given me a lot of challenges I needed because I was never really challenged before.
9. GT has challenged me, given me confidence, and is an awesome place where I can be me.
10. GT has helped me with life’s challenges such as dealing with friendships.

“10 Ways GT Has Helped Me,” from my high school students:
1. Discovery - Learning about myself and others
2. Self-reliance, depending on myself
3. Able to be creative (with little insult)
4. It has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life.
5. A safe place to pursue my ideas
6. Assist me with my life after high school
7. Si, mucho gusto! [with arrows pointing to many others on the list]
8. Freedom
9. The ability to communicate with people who think alike-ish to us.
10. To relax at the end of the day. [Number 10 cracked me up a bit because, to me, my high school class is the least “relaxing” of all of my classes! This year, anyway...]

What strikes me the most reading through these lists is the number of items that aren’t specific “lessons” I do with the kids. Much of it I do weave in with this and that every day and every year, but not quite as specifically as their lists might lend you to believe. Perhaps they are paying much closer attention to what I say than I had even hoped! Nonetheless, it’s a little refreshing to get their feedback from time to time and to “see” the results of what I do with them from their perspective(s).

Give it try yourself this week. Jot on the board “Ten Ways Science Has Helped Me,” or “Ten Ways P.E. Has Helped Me,” or “Ten Ways Calculus Has Helped Me,” etc., and see what your students have to say!

The opinions expressed in Unwrapping the Gifted are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

Events

Classroom Technology Webinar How Pandemic Tech Is (and Is Not) Transforming K-12 Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic—and the resulting rise in virtual learning and big investments in digital learning tools— helped educators propel their technology skills to the next level. Teachers have become more adept at using learning management
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Building Teacher Capacity for Social-Emotional Learning
Set goals that support adult well-being and social-emotional learning: register today!


Content provided by Panorama
Jobs October 2021 Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Tiny Wrists in Cuffs: How Police Use Force Against Children
An investigation finds children as young as 6 and a disproportionate amount of Black children have been handled forcibly by police officers.
15 min read
Jhaimarion, 10, reacts as he listens to his mother, Krystal Archie talking with an Associated Press reporter in Chicago on Sept. 23, 2021. Archie’s three children were present when police, on two occasions, just 11 weeks apart, kicked open her front door and tore through their home searching for drug suspects. She’d never heard of the people they were hunting. Her oldest child, Savannah was 14 at the time; her youngest, Jhaimarion, was seven. They were ordered to get down on the floor.
Jhaimarion, 10, reacts as he listens to his mother, Krystal Archie talking with an Associated Press reporter in Chicago on Sept. 23, 2021. Archie’s three children were present when police, on two occasions, just 11 weeks apart, kicked open her front door and tore through their home searching for drug suspects. She’d never heard of the people they were hunting. Her oldest child, Savannah was 14 at the time; her youngest, Jhaimarion, was seven. They were ordered to get down on the floor.
Nam Y. Huh/AP
Education Gunman in 2018 Parkland School Massacre Pleads Guilty
A jury will decide whether Nikolas Cruz will be executed for one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings.
3 min read
Annika Dworet and her husband, Mitch Dworet, wipe away tears as their son's name is read aloud during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz's guilty plea on all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 shootings, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The Dworet's son, Nicholas Dworet, 17, was killed in the massacre.
Annika Dworet and her husband, Mitch Dworet, wipe away tears as their son's name is read aloud during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz's guilty plea on all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 shootings, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The Dworet's son, Nicholas Dworet, 17, was killed in the massacre.
Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP
Education Briefly Stated: October 20, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Gunman in Parkland School Massacre to Plead Guilty
The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Florida high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said.
4 min read
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is sworn in before pleading guilty, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on all four criminal counts stemming from his attack on a Broward County jail guard in November 2018, Cruz's lawyers said Friday that he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school.
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is sworn in before pleading guilty, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on all four criminal counts stemming from his attack on a Broward County jail guard in November 2018, Cruz's lawyers said Friday that he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school.
Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP