We are honored to have a guest speaker, Dr. Morgan Appel from UCSD speak to us about gifted children.
Every learning moment has a cognitive and an emotional component.
Evolution of the brain:
1. Primitive dinosaur brain has “fight or flight” survival.
2. Limbic system of mammals: behavioral response based on learning.
3. Neocortex of human brain: Social, emotional
have increased memory efficiency and capacity.
have “analysis paralysis”.
learn incidentally (cognitive flypaper).
For gifted and high acheiving kids, 50% of the year’s curriculum can be skipped without ill effects.
A typical child develops +1physical; +1cognitive, +1Social emotional per year.
A gifted child develops +1 physically, +3 cognitive, – 1 social/emotionally.
Gifted kids look outwardly for approval and inwardly for blame.
How can parents help?
take complaints of boredom seriously.
help with organizational and study skills.
praise process as well as product.
talk with the teacher about providing application and abstraction, rather than manipulation.
LOVE THEM, unique quirks and all!!
email Mr. Appel: [email protected]
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