Your child may be academically gifted if he or she:
Does being gifted mean being great at everything?
In a word, no. Children with high academic potential are frequently asynchronous in their development, meaning that they may be far beyond their age-mates in some academic areas, but not so advanced in others. This can be confusing for a young child and their families. GATE is adept at recognizing asynchronous academic and social development.
Children with high academic potential tend to thrive with their cognitive peers—friends who can match and complement their ability to think and speak at a level beyond their chronological age. It makes sense: If your 2nd grader thinks like a 5th grader, then his or her conversations with typical 2nd graders can be frustrating or confusing for all concerned.
And any type of giftedness is potential, only. It isn't everything. The personal skills of perseverance, determination, resilience, self-regulation, and open-mindedness are what make people successful in life. GATE creates an environment that requires kids to reach beyond their comfort zone of accumulating information at an accelerated pace. Inquiry-based learning teaches that you can try and fail, and you can then make something of your failure, whether it be a redesigned experiment or a better drawn floor plan or a pithier poem. Overcoming failures is an essential of learning and success. It develops crucial life skills - the ones that Paul Tough calls character and grit in his recent book "How Children Succeed," a good read that's making the rounds in today's educational circles.
The SENG Foundation—an acronym for “supporting the emotional needs of the gifted”—has many resources available to help parents understand the challenges that academically gifted children and their families can face. Please visit our Resources page for more links.