Supporting Your Gifted Child
- Nurture your child's strengths and interests.
- Share the adventure of learning something new with your child.
- Recognize and model making mistakes as an opportunity to learn, not a mark of failure.
- Encourage safe risk-taking.
- Help set priorities.
- Seek positive peer connections.
- Avoid over-scheduling.
- Allow time for reflecting.
- Pursue unfamiliar learning opportunities.
- Encourage selective excellence, rather than across-the-board perfection.
- Keep your sense of humor!
Communicating with School: A Positive Approach
- Request a convenient time to speak with your child's teacher.
- Provide, in writing, your questions and concerns before meeting the teacher.
- Be willing to compromise and collaborate on behalf of the student's needs.
- Provide a home perspective to your child's teacher on a regular basis.
- Keep a file of communications, learning plans and testing data on your child throughout his/her K-12 years.
- Provide both positive and negative feedback for changes in your child's learning plan, school assignments and learning activities.
- Always give your child's teacher a second chance to discuss educational issues about your child.
- Determine reasonable timelines and methods for communicating with your child's teacher.
- Do not expect your child to provide complete or accurate descriptions of school-day experiences. Communicate directly with your child's teachers if you have questions about what is happening in the classroom.
- Celebrate excellence both for your child and for those who teach your child.
Last Modified on January 18, 2019