Gruener Consulting LLC | Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Education, Presentations and Seminars “Play Partner” or “Sure Shelter”: What gifted children look for in friendship “Play Partner” or “Sure Shelter”: What gifted children look for in friendship Author: Miraca U. M. Gross Citation: From The SENG Newsletter. 2002 May 2(2) “When gifted children are asked what they most desire, the answer is often ‘a friend’. The need for friendship and, even more, for emotional intimacy, is a driving force in both children and adults. A wealth of research studies over the last 70 years have shown us that when intellectually gifted children look for friends, they tend to gravitate towards other gifted children of approximately their own age, or older children who may not be as bright as they are, but who are still of above average ability (Hollingworth, 1926; O’Shea, 1960; Gross, 1993). Previous international studies have found, not surprisingly, that children’s conceptions of friendship develop in stages and are hierarchical and age-related (see, for example, Bigelow and La Gaipa, 1975; Selman, 1981). Stage 5: “The sure shelter.” However, “rare” also means “scarce”. Dr.
Joanne Jacobs Positive Discipline Association - Home Small poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years Gross, M. Roeper Review Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 207-214 1999 This article by Miraca Gross is a classic on the development and needs of profoundly gifted children in infancy, toddlerhood and the preschool years. It discusses some of the hallmarks of extreme precocity in the very young. Summary: Highly gifted children are frequently placed at risk in the early years of school through misidentification, inappropriate grade-placement and a seriously inadequate curriculum. Let me share with you one of my earliest memories. A man is working in the gardens and I am intrigued by what he is doing. Well, I agreed with my mother. As a teacher and academic working in gifted education, I have become sadly familiar with the cutting down to size of children who develop at a faster pace or attain higher levels of achievement than their age-peers. How did the term originate? Our gifted children - our small poppies - are at risk in our schools, and the group at greatest risk are the highly gifted.
EBD Blog SENG THE EDISON TRAIT For Information about "The Edison Project at Quick Study Labs" see the very bottom of this page. QuickStudyLabs.com can meet the needs of Edison Trait Children to discover, explore and invent. DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE THE EDISON TRAIT? He was a boy who learned only by doing. The core of his learning was his passion for experiments. Today, a growing number of children have that nature to dare. They have minds that are at home with meanderings and leaps of vast proportions. QUALITIES OF A CREATIVE MIND There was once a man who drove a truck on a road through a town and got stuck under a bridge that had a low clearance. This was a child who had the Edison trait. An Edison-trait child: Expects the Unexpected A child with the Edison trait makes sudden, astonishing connections. His sense of humor is disarming. Thinks Autonomously This is a child who stands up for his own ideas, especially when they are uncommon or nonconformist. Loves to Come Up with Ideas Some do this slowly and dreamily.
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