How Gifted Students Can Function at Maximum Capacity
This fall, in our Person of SIGnificance Series, we brought attention to the recognition of the social and emotional needs of gifted, talented, and creative young people through honoring Dr. James Webb, a leading psychologist in this field.
At SIG, the social and emotional needs of our students are as important to us as their academic needs, which are obviously also very critical to their sense of wellbeing. But if one is to be truly happy, all parts of who we are must be engaged. You might think of our goal as helping young people learn to fire on all cylinders, in other words, we want gifted students to be functioning at their maximum capacity.
So what are those cylinders?
- Gaining awareness about themselves through problem solving, goal-setting, and being allowed to make choices that fit who they are. This cylinder assists with increasing self-esteem and empowerment, which helps us to know, understand, and be comfortable with who we are and what we might become.
- Connecting with others—gifted students need time and opportunity to be with like-minded individuals in both social and intellectual settings. Our alumni often tell us that the best part of their experience at SIG was the meaningful and long-term friendships they made.
- Finally, the remaining cylinder has to do with the support that we can provide as parents, teachers, and community members as we strive to understand each student’s individual needs, provide them with the services they need, and help to educate others about those needs.
If we choose to help gifted students fire up all cylinders of their lives, these young people will be supported in the development of their talents, which can result in significant, positive, personal and societal consequences. Isn’t that a goal we can all get behind? We thank you in advance for doing your part.
All the best,