Teaching Creatively Gifted Students

This is a topic I frequently speak on at conventions.   Although there are many similar lists of characteristics of the creatively gifted, the list of character traits below is my favorite.   This list is from the National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children:

1. High Sensivity

2. Excessive amounts of energy

3. Bores easily and may appear to have a short attention span

4. Requires emotionally secure and stable adults around him/her

5. Will resist authority if not democratically oriented

6. Have preferred ways of learning particularly in math and reading

7. May become easily frustrated because of his/her ideas not having the resources or people to assist them in bringing their ideas to fruition

8. Learns from an exploratory level and resists rote memory and just being a listener

9. Cannot sit still unless absorbed in something of his/her own interest

10. If they experience failure early, may give up and develop permanent learning blocks

Creative students are generally not teacher pleasers or people pleasers.  They march to a different drummer.  Einstein says “He who marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt.”  Because they are independent and out of the box thinkers, they have great potential to be leaders.  When creativity is ignored and not challenged, I believe creative children can get into lots of troubles that could be avoided if we channel that awesome God given creativity in a positive way.

Do the subjects of writing and art go together?  Read some of these amazing pages from the journal of the master Indian artist Catlin:

God’s Throne  

For a picture of Hampton’s throne in the Smithsonian, go here:

James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly



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