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Why Gifted Students Should Start Summer Clubs

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Why You Should Start a Club This Summer | National Society for the Gifted and Talented | Dr. Barbara SwicordOne great summer activity that gifted students can organize is that of a book or writers club. Such an activity can serve two wonderful purposes for these students. It can provide a place to put all that passion and energy about a certain topic, or genre, that gifted students often have, and, if organized locally, it can provide a nurturing environment for social interaction. When young people share a passion for a common topic or skill, bonding is natural and comfortable. The group could focus on reading favorite selections or could focus on writing about the selected theme of the club or it could be a combination, with in-depth discussion naturally included either way.

You might be interested in the scientific analysis of time travel, or superhero characters, or biographies and want share that interest with others who have the same interest. You might be intrigued by mysteries, fantasy fiction, or history. You may just be a budding author and wish to compare notes and processes with other budding authors. The wonderful thing about starting a book or writers’ club is that the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Summer gives you some time to enhance your reading, writing, and creating skills while developing new and deeper human interactions as well through the synergy of a club.

If you wish to be an organizer, here are some things to consider.

  1. Decide on the theme of your club. Will you focus on fiction or nonfiction? Will there be a genre or field of study that it centers around? Will there be the opportunity for evolving topics, themes, and genres as interests change?
  2. Decide whether it will be in-person or virtual. If in person, where, when, and with whom? Decide on time, length, schedules, and size. Be alert to safety precautions, whether virtual or in person.
  3. Determine how it will be run. How will members become involved, by invitation or by voluntary participation? Will there be age limits? Will there be a moderator, experts invited, roles of members, offices, fees? What will the ground rules be?
  4. Spread the word about your club and its goals. How will you communicate with the audience you wish to attract? Word of mouth, current friendship channels, social media, e-vites, or printed materials?

And remember, always seek books, authors and writing tasks that you find challenging so that you keep growing and also to make you increasingly aware of where your true interests lie. If you’ve started a book club or any kind of club, share it with us so we can hear what has worked for you.

All the best,

Barbara Swicord, Ed.D.
CEO, National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)
President, Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

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