However, being gifted often brings with it associated challenges for the child. As an early childhood teacher working with gifted children, I have found that there are often many unexpected challenges for the child, family, and teachers to come to terms with.
Being gifted means that your child will be exceptional in one or more areas of interest compared to children of a similar age. Children can be exception in areas such as music, art, languages, with numbers, science, or even dance.
Special abilities may be inherited but they are also developed by opportunities that are offered.
All socio —economic groups, cultures, and ethnicities have children who are gifted. Cultures have a unique set of principles that place different value upon special abilities, such as in the story of Billy Elliot.
Billy was gifted within the area of dance but this was not recognised as special because his community did not place value upon boys being able to dance.
Does it matter that we recognise gifted children?
There is often debate about whether a child should be labelled gifted or not. Some people feel using the word gifted is elitist and sets the child up for feeling superior to other kids. In my previous experience as a centre-based ECE teacher I found a general feeling among the parents that all children should be treated the same; therefore labelling one child gifted, meant they were treated differently.
As a teacher my view was a little different. I found it was important for me to know the abilities of the kids I worked with, in order to plan for their unique needs. I also saw the consequences for children as young as four, not being able to fit in with their friends.
Sarah was one such child. She thought deeply about things like wars and what the world would be like if dinosaurs had not died out.
Sarah had very little in common with her four year old peers, so she would take herself to a quiet place outside or hide under the table. Should gifted children have special classes? Whether or not gifted children should have special classes is another issue which there is little agreement about.
In my community I noticed a feeling among parents that money should be targeted at children who were under achieving, rather than those over achieving.
Gifted children will achieve what is expected, so why give them more help.
I feel that every child has the right to achieve his or her potential, so as a teacher I should plan to meet the needs of gifted kids as I do with all children. Sometimes this does mean having another class or a teacher aid, as gifted children have different learning needs.
Characteristics of gifted children If you feel your child could be gifted these are some characteristics to look out for: They may be concerned about what is happening to other children in a war situation, or news stories that show people starving.
Gifted children often prefer to socialise with older children because they are more in tune with what they are thinking. A sense of humour and a wide range of interests and knowledge may also be indicators that your child has special abilities.
Be prepared to take along some specific things you have noticed and maybe some work your child has done at home.
It is helpful to talk with parents of gifted children to share experiences. You can contact the New Zealand Association for gifted children to see if they have a parent representative in your area. You may also like to contact someone local in your area that has expertise in the area of interest for your child, such as an artist or music teacher.
The Ministry of Education have an excellent website with information on identification, support, and learning and developmental needs for gifted children and their families at www.
Sue Hunter is mother of 4 boys and has a wealth of early childhood experience including lecturing on the subject. Sue believes that strong connected families are the building blocks to a healthy society.
Join 29, families and growing As we build a strong community of like minds: Get the best tips from the best experts Recipes, parties, crafts and activities Special offers, competitions and more Sit back and relax and let us deliver to your inbox.Billy Elliot is a young boy living in a small County Durham town, who discovers he has a talent for ballet, much to the chagrin of his widowed father Jackie, leaving him torn between his dreams and the only life he's ever known.
Great list of movies *about* gifted children and adults. Could you post another list of movies especially good *for* gifted kids? Looking for movies that offer grist for their precocious critical thinking and reach them in all their emotional intensity.
Home > Resources for All > Films & Movies > Feature Films > Gifted & Talented > Akeelah and the Bee Click the movie poster for ordering information. The village learns to overcome their ill-founded prejudices and, along with Billy’s father, come around to support Billy's dream to become a dancer as Billy defies the odds and is finally accepted into The Royal Ballet School.
Using concepts and strategies found in DRS, especially Chapters ; ; , profile your character/s with respect to his/her potential identification as a gifted learner. Consider the potential affects of learner characteristics, socio-cultural influences, policy and regulations, as well as historical and/or theoretical concepts or trends.
gifted children will be funded to attend music and dance classes in a government scheme to nurture talent, ministers said today. The aim is to help youngsters like Billy Elliot, the film character who left his pit village for a London ballet school.