Southeast Education Network [SEEN] Magazine Featured Dr. Sylvia Smith’s Current Article Titled “The Gifted Mind: Unlocking the Potential” on the Cover of the Sept. Issue

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“The Gifted Mind: Unlocking the Potential” does not discuss the definition of “gifted”, but instead focuses on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how people think and how to unlock the potential for gifted (and other) people.

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Being “gifted” has its benefits (and its challenges). Identifying a person as “gifted” does not predict instant success.

Being “gifted” has its benefits (and its challenges). Identifying a person as “gifted” does not predict instant success. As with anyone, success for the “gifted” is largely the result of preparation, experiences and motivation. Success is tricky and often hard to measure. Important but sometimes overlooked components of success are self-awareness and an understanding of how to effectively use innate gifts and talents.

One of the more common myths surrounding gifted and talented students is that they “…are so smart they can do fine on their own in school and don’t need help. And…they always get great grades.” This is wrong on several fronts: first, not all gifted students are gifted in the same way. Second, if not correctly challenged, these students often get bored, frustrated, and/or develop poor study habits. Finally, gifted students’ social and emotional needs are typically the same as their peers. Adults often make the mistake of thinking that gifted kids are more emotionally mature than they really are due to their ability to solve problems or comprehend at a higher cognitive level.

Thinking to learn and learning to think are powerful tools for anyone. Placing these vital intangible tools in the hands of our gifted students not only helps them to think more deeply, but enhances their potential to unlock new and exciting knowledge for the world.

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