Great Gripe of Gifted Kids #3 – Teachers and friends expect us to be perfect, to “do our best” all the time. This gripe, however, seems to pale in comparison to the sometimes impossible standards to which gifted learners hold themselves.
Both an important lesson about perfectionism and strong GATE pedagogy through critical thinking and literature, this lesson offers a robust approach to addressing social-emotional needs of gifted learners.
In this lesson, students use a short fictional piece, metaphors, a cartoon, and class discussion to examine perfectionism and how perfectionistic thinking affects their own lives. Students construct a nametag product for their backpacks labeled “Open in Case of Emergency” which reminds them not to fall into the emotional trap of perfectionism.
The main purpose of this lesson is to address social-emotional needs of gifted learners; however, we won’t forget our Common Core State Standards as we apply critical thinking skills to literature through analysis, metaphors, and inferences.
Teachers will find this lesson most appropriate for gifted learners grades 4-6. It will take at least two hours to complete.