The definition of a gifted child Rahul is a shy, quiet boy in your class, whose unobtrusive presence often goes unnoticed. But Rahul is a person transformed, when he is on the stage. The shy, introverted Rahul is transmuted into an intense actor, giving depth and realness to a make believe character. Gayatri is an average student, barely managing to make the grade. But she has a special gift for
Rahul is a shy, quiet boy in your
class, whose unobtrusive presence often goes unnoticed. But Rahul is a
person transformed, when he is on the stage. The shy, introverted Rahul
is transmuted into an intense actor, giving depth and realness to a make
believe character. Gayatri is an average student, barely managing to make
the grade. But she has a special gift for computations and mathematical
equations. The most complex problems are solved with ease and accuracy.
And there is Sameer the most intelligent boy, the all rounder who excels
in studies and games. These are what psychologists would call 'GIFTED
Gifted children are those who possess
abilities that give evidence of high performance capabilities in intellectual,
creative, specific academic areas, leadership ability, or in the performing
or visual arts.
Typically gifted children have an
extraordinary ability to exercise sensitive judgment for solving problems,
to adapt to new situations, and to learn from new experiences. They also
have an extraordinary memory and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
They have strong vivid imaginations, quick and fluent mental associations
and a strong and powerful drive that often helps them overcome constraints.
Gifted children are fluent, elaborate,
and original thinkers, often able to generate possibilities, consequences
and related ideas. They are bestowed with a sense of independence and purposefulness
and an exceptional dedication to their field of productivity.
Tapping the potential
Exploring the full potential of the
gifted child is a long and difficult process and often requires the encouragement
and understanding of his parents and teachers. Very often these gifted
children go unnoticed and undiscovered, to the extent that their exceptional
talent is often submerged and forgotten. These exceptional children often
end up being underachievers, as they are unable to realize their potential.
One of the most important persons
in discovering and nurturing the gifted child is the teacher. Teachers
are among the first people to discover these hidden, often seemingly innocuous
talents and qualities in children and often prove to be the stepping stones
to glory and greatness. It is the teachers who are able to inspire the
belief and confidence in the child about his exceptional ability or gift.
It is only through their understanding, guidance, motivation and encouragement
that children realize their immense worth and are able to channelize it
to greater heights. Gifted children are precious. They are endowed with
special abilities that need to be nurtured.
Gifted children are a resource‚Ä¶not
just of a school or a community but of a country‚Ä¶ Just imagine if Ramakant
Achrekar had not noticed the immensely talented, little boy, India would
not have had the great legend called Sachin Tendulkar! ! !
So parents, if you think you have
a gifted child, provide him all the encouragement and support so that he
achieves his fullest potential. Next week, we will provide some more
information on gifted children.
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