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Understanding the Four Most Common Mental Health Issues in Students

The Not-So-Fab Four: Understanding the Four Most Common Mental Health Issues in Students What do you picture when someone mentions a student with ADHD? Maybe a child running wild about the classroom? Perhaps you imagine a visibly frustrated student, constrained to a chair and desk, unable to focus on an assignment? But how would you direct the wild-child to engage in your lesson? What strategy would you pull out to try and diffuse the agitated student, and allow him/her to  finish the assignment? ADHD, mood disorders, depression, and conduct disorders can dramatically change the specific classroom needs for students with mental health issues. Lisa Van Gemert gives a solid foundation for understanding these four issues, and supporting students who deal with them, in her one-hour course, “Not So Fab Four.” A former teacher, school administrator, and now consultant and Mensa member, Ms. Van Gemert uses the experiences she gleaned in [...]

By |2017-09-29T16:36:20+00:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Understanding the Neurology and Overexcitabilities in Gifted Students

Understanding the Neurology and Overexcitabilities in Gifted Students When different wiring requires different strategies I recall with cheeks aflame one particular visit to a restaurant during which my gifted child unleashed a cataclysmic tantrum . What set him off? I have no memory of what flipped the switch. But my memory is forever stung by scoffing gawks of disapproving patrons and with my child’s expression of terror at his own loss of control. The kid had spent the entire day at appointments with me. No wiggling, no talking, no activity allowed. His gifted brain was working overtime, firing off brilliant, lightning-speed synapses into the monotone, fluorescent abyss I had trapped him in all morning. I had unintentionally set up all the elements of a major meltdown. Back then I didn’t know gifted children’s rapid-fire brains are prone to overexcitabilities that many parents and educators fail to understand or integrate into [...]

By |2017-05-11T19:21:14+00:00July 20th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Emphasizing academics alongside social and emotional awareness in the gifted classroom

Emphasizing academics alongside social and emotional awareness in the gifted classroom A False Dichotomy Do you remember The Nutty Professor? Not the 1996 Eddie Murphy version, I mean the original 1963 Jerry Lewis classic. It’s pretty funny to watch a master of comedy at work in his prime, but more importantly I think the movie paints a really interesting caricature of the stereotypical gifted versus non-gifted student. In case you missed it, the movie is about a nerdy chemistry professor (with no social/emotional development) who concocts a potion that turns him into the suave Buddy Love (who has no intellectual development). You see this stereotype time and time again in books, on TV, and at the movies. Characters can either possess intelligence OR social/emotional skills, but not both. I think this is a false dichotomy. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Our students can excel both intellectually [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Blessing or Bane Characteristics of Gifted Children

In today’s review, we’ll take a look at Dr. Debbie Troxclair's Perfectionism Revisited. Dr. Troxclair currently teaches in the Department of Counseling and Special Populations at Lamar University. She has been following the research on perfectionism for the past 40 years. Due to this, and her experience as a teacher, Dr. Troxclair provides a knowledgeable presentation rich in information and resources for educators who are working with gifted students. So, why perfectionism? Is it important to GT education? Many of us, to our delight or frustration, could easily identify several of our gifted and talented students as perfectionist. While scholars are divided as to whether or not perfectionism is one of the requirements or characteristics of gifted children, as teachers, we know it is a common trait in G/T students. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines perfectionism as ‘having a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable and a perfectionist is [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:15+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Components of Brain Based Learning for Gifted Students

(A review of John DeLandtsheer’s course:  The Brain Compatible Classroom) John Delandtsheer began his career in teaching in California before transitioning into administration. As an administrator he spent hours learning, sharing, and implementing strategies in making his classrooms brain compatible. This made his schools some of the top performing in the state. Decades of experience in teaching and administration has given Mr. DeLandtsheer insight into the average american classroom. Education is one of the few institutions in this country that has gone unchanged for a hundred years This leads to an antiquated method of instruction that often leaves students checked out and missing out on valuable life lessons. In The Brain Compatible Classroom course, Mr. Delandtsheer shows us how to look at our students in a different way - through methods that both research and experience validate. I learned the six components of a brain-compatible classroom and, additionally, reviewed his [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:15+00:00April 14th, 2014|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

The Emotional & Social Development of Gifted Children

For many years educators have only taken the brain into account when working with gifted children without realizing that there are many other pieces to giftedness that it are essential to understand. Gifted children also have very unique social and emotional characteristics and needs which need to be understood and addressed if they are going to be adequately served and challenged in our schools. These students need teachers and administrators to see them as more than just a “head on a desk” but as a whole person. Affective Can Be More Important Than Cognitive The affective side of giftedness is of equal, if not more, importance as the cognitive side. If it is ignored the cognitive comes to a screeching halt. These students need understanding and guidance in regards to their social and emotional needs more than they need any guidance for cognitive development which they develop well on their [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:15+00:00December 17th, 2013|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments