Ron Turiello’s daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn.
At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorising objects: She’d take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant.
At 5 or 6 years old, when snorkelling with her family in Hawaii, she identified a passing fish correctly as a Heller’s barracuda, then added, “Where are the rest? They usually travel in schools.” With a child so bright, it’s natural for parents to assume that she will comfortably fit into any school environment, and pretty much leave it at that.
But that’s not always the case! It can be extremely challenging to find the correct educational environment for your gifted child.
Several factors play a vital role in creating a gap between gifted learners and their educational experiences, and educators and parents alike may misunderstand the interplay among various options.
So, how do you identify the Gifted Child!
Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high-performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both the intellectual areas and specific academic fields
They are likely to be stuck in the below-depicted scenario!
Well, I won’t say this is an ideal definition, but this pretty much sums up what teachers/educators should look out for!
The problem is not in identifying; it’s in how are we facilitating them
“Seventy percent of the kids who are high ability are underachieving,” says Rider University professor Ambrose
If you see in a long run, the high-achieving students end up frustrated, bored and often depressed. This is because there’s absolutely no one around to challenge them. Not even teachers! These gifted minds remain unchallenged, and they usually end up irritating the teacher due to their all-the-time curious mind, and I know attitude!
This leads to disinterested in class, no communication with peers and bad social life!
Realizing all the above factors, few states, around the globe, have actually come up with specialized schools/courses for the Gifted Student but has not been able to cater to the mass needs of gifted students!
India is catching up …!
Though India is actually improvising on Education, it is yet to address the needs of Gifted! However, it’s not entirely sidelined. ASSET Summer Programme is a course designed exclusively for the exceptionally gifted students. The instructors, around the world, join the students for 21 days, be with them and facilitate students in adapting to the social environment.
As the saying goes ‘ It takes one, to know one’, and that’s exactly how it works at ASP. The instructors have been in these student’s shoes before and are well aware of student’s needs and the way it should be addressed. The ASSET Summer Programme is for the Potters and Grangers stuck in the Muggle world!!
The courses across the STEM offers a platform to the Gifted Student to experience the most exceptional training with well-known educators around the world!! Here the students are imparted 110 hours of training in three weeks and are exposed to challenging environment and first-hand learning experience. Living with like-minded students instils confidence in them and helps in breaking a social barrier.
We may not be ahead in times, but we are definitely on time! ASSET Summer Programme offers a hope of a better and enhanced education!
“We are treasure chests with more jewels inside than we can imagine.”
― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
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