NAGC Position Statements & White Papers
Position Statements and White Papers help clarify issues in gifted and talented education and set NAGC's position on these issues.
As a parent of a gifted child, you want to know how you can help your child stay engaged with learning. Think about those time when we are motivated to do our best. It is usually when
Your child's interests open the door to a love of learning. To help her find subjects and acitivies that interest her, try the following:
Carol Dweck, a motivation researcher, describes the “mindset” needed for learning. Parents and Teachers can teach their students to have a “growth mindset” that allows for struggle and failure on the path to understanding. Children need to know that there is value in hard work and that their hard work makes a difference to their success.
Interest areas provide natural learning opportunities. For example, consider a child who shows an interest in baseball. Think of the many ways you can link this interest to academics
You do not have to be an expert, just be willing to explore.
Gifted students are not always successful in school. Below you will find link to information on possible obstacles and ways to surmount them.
"To be interested, to be absorbed in, wrapped up in, carried away by some object…We say of an interested person that he has both lost himself in some affair and he has found himself in it." --Dewey, 1916