In line with his New Year resolution, that in 2014 he will increase his efforts to bust the myths surrounding giftedness and advocate for acceleration and ability grouping opportunities for gifted students, and in preparation for a webinar and Global GT chat on Twitter for the next two weeks, Columbus Cheetah is updating his myth busting presentations.
Columbus Cheetah’s discussion of the myths surrounding giftedness are based in his own brand of cheetah logic and the wonderful analogy of the cheetah to the gifted person given in Stephanie Tolan’s wonderful article ‘Is it a Cheetah?’
Columbus Cheetah says cheetah logic says it is not possible to make generalisations like this.
Some gifted students are polite and some are rude; some are well behaved and some are not; some have neat handwriting and some do not.
Gifted is not a homogenous group!
There are different levels of giftedness and there are many other differences apart from IQ There are different areas of expertise and interest. And there are differences in character traits and different levels of intensity and sensitivity’
To read more about this see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/the-psych-owl-ogist-6/
In fact Columbus Cheetah says this generalisation would be more likely to be true of teacher pleasing high achievers than gifted students.
Gifted students often do not have neat handwriting. This is because they cannot write fast enough to keep pace with their thoughts and because they are more interested in the content of their writing than its appearance.
Letting gifted students use a keyboard for writing essays is very helpful.
If neat handwriting is valued it is better for the student to learn calligraphy as an art form.
Columbus Cheetah says that cheetah logic would say that cheetah cubs tend to resemble grumpy little honey badgers! This is a means of camouflage and also a measure of protection against predators.
Manners and behaviour are reflections of temperament, character traits and upbringing. They can also be pointers to the level of comfort or stress the student is feeling. Extreme frustration, irritation or boredom because of unmet learning needs (unsuitable level, pace and depth) can result in rudeness and bad behaviour in usually polite and well behaved students.
Gifted students are more likely to experience this frustration than students who are happy and achieving well at the level of the class.
Gifted students can often seem like grumpy little honey badgers!