Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vulnerable Children

While my central belief is that it's best for gifted children to take charge of their own education, much of what I'll be posting on this blog is directed toward the adults in their lives - parents, guardians, grandparents, teachers, coaches, administrators, school counselors.

Frequently we are the gatekeepers.  Many of our children will have access to appropriately challenging educational experiences only if we advocate for them . . . only if we explain their rights and responsibilities, help them recognize their own learner needs, and point them to the opportunities that match those needs.  How can we nurture them?  Guide and encourage them?

I love this quote from Maureen Neihart:

"The single most powerful predictor of positive outcomes for 
vulnerable children 
is a relationship with a caring adult."

Quoted from
The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?
Chapter 12: Risk and Resilience in Gifted Children: A Conceptual Framework 
Edited by Maureen Neihart, Sally Reis, Nancy Robinson, Sidney M. Moon
ISBN: 978-1-882664-77-1

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