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What does it mean for a child to be gifted?

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There are many misconceptions about what it means to be gifted.

Myth:

Gifted Students Don’t Need Help; They’ll Do Fine On Their Own.
Truth:

Would you send a star athlete to train for the Olympics without a coach? Gifted students need guidance from well-trained teachers who challenge and support them in order to fully develop their abilities. Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade-level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement, despondency, or unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher is crucial for spotting and nurturing talents in school.

- See more at: http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/myths-about-gifted-students#sthash.7r2V1RFH.dpuf

Today, we will talk about gifted children with Kathleen Gallagher, an educator and parent of a gifted child.

Kathleen Gallagher is an educator and in a few days she is starting her 20th year at Eagle Hill Southport School, an independent day school for children with learning disabilities.

Kathleen is also a mother of two children; one of whom, has been identified as gifted and talented.