Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

More Than an Engaging Lesson

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

More Than an Engaging Lesson

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On August 14, 1966, I thought I knew everything. I had graduated from college and was preparing to teach my first class. Wanting to catch the students' attention, I walked into the room dressed as a historical figure and conducted the class in character. They were mesmerized. At the end of class, however, a student named Kathy asked if I had a minute to answer a question. I assumed it was about the assignment, but I was wrong. She said, "Mr. Betts, my stepdad beat up my mom last night. What should I do?" In that instant, I realized that I didn't know everything. But I promised Kathy I'd seek answers and was able to provide her with help that day.

My life was never the same from that moment. Kathy and many other learners taught me that they needed more than just an engaging lesson. I've learned the importance of social-emotional development, although it has taken me until now to fully understand it-50 years of learning and living.

Here are five things so that parents and teachers can help our gifted students understand:

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