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Making Great Kids Greater
Easing the Burden of Being Gifted

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Foreword by Linda Silverman



© 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Dorothy Sisk is a venerable giant in the field of gifted education. Teachers will find this volume a gold mine of effective classroom strategies to develop the affective domain. Anyone interested in the emotional development of the gifted will be delighted by this book."
—From the Foreword by Linda Silverman

"Seamlessly weaves together research studies with personal narrative to illuminate the complex inner world of gifted students. The book explores not only the unique sensitivities and social-emotional challenges of the gifted, but also their deep empathy, intuitiveness, and keen awareness of the moral and spiritual realm."
—Joan Franklin Smutny, Director
The Center for Gifted, National-Louis University

Empower gifted students by helping them understand and value their gifts!

Gifted students often develop faster intellectually than socially and emotionally, resulting in feelings of isolation or inadequacy. This book provides educators with a window into the world of the gifted child, discusses how to develop the talents of gifted children with consideration for their unique needs, and suggests ways to help great kids become greater.

Written by gifted education expert Dorothy A. Sisk, this practical resource offers techniques, strategies, and lessons to help gifted students bridge the gap between their cognitive and social-emotional development. Showing how to support learners who may experience difficulties associated with excitabilities identified by psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski, this resource:

  • Presents real stories of gifted students
  • Includes teacher voices and vignettes
  • Integrates research into each chapter to build a foundation for the suggested activities and strategies
  • Provides recommended reading lists and Web sites for further exploration

Making Great Kids Greater helps parents, teachers, and counselors of gifted children ensure students' emotional well-being and enable them to reach their full potential.

 
Foreword by Linda Silverman
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Gifted Kids Have a Unique Perception
 
2. One Size Does Not Fit All: Socialization vs. Social Development
 
3. Perfectionism: A Positive or Negative Characteristic of Giftedness?
 
4. Moral Courage
 
5. Individuality: Knowing Oneself
 
6. Sensitivity and Empathy for Others
 
7. Reflective Thinking: You Are in Charge
 
8. Developing Creativity in Gifted Students
 
9. Developing a Sense of Peace and Tranquility
 
10. Achieving Balance in Your Life and Finding Your Purpose
 
Index

"Gifted children are often at risk of losing the essence of their giftedness in a sea of accountability. This book serves as a tool kit for the discovery and growth of giftedness. It provides specific strategies for educators and parents whose goal is to understand and nurture the giftedness of the children in their charge. Sisk's words go to the heart of what giftedness is all about and lead to true understanding by parents, educators, and the children themselves."

Lauri Kirsch, K-12 Gifted Education Supervisor
Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL

"This book is long overdue. Not only does it provide research that supports the author's work, it also includes descriptions and case studies of students that I felt akin to, along with ideas and activities that address all of these challenges. This book is a must for classroom teachers, university professors, and parents."

Starr Cline, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Hofstra University

“Dorothy Sisk is a venerable giant in the field of gifted education. Teachers will find this volume a gold mine of effective classroom strategies to develop the affective domain. Anyone interested in the emotional development of the gifted will be delighted by this book.”

From the Foreword by Linda Silverman

"Seamlessly weaves together research studies with personal narrative to illuminate the complex inner world of gifted students. The book explores not only the unique sensitivities and social-emotional challenges of the gifted, but also their deep empathy, intuitiveness, and keen awareness of the moral and spiritual realm."

Joan Franklin Smutny, Director
The Center for Gifted, National-Louis University
Key features
  • Real stories of gifted individuals who have one of the five excitabilities
  • High-profile author who presents internationally
  • Provides teachers with practical strategies, lessons, and resources for working with perfectionist students who are emotional, creative, energetic, and have higher intellectual capabilities

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Linda Silverman

Introduction


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