I use this letter at the beginning of the school year to help my students see that they are not alone in their feelings and to encourage them to share their social and emotional struggles with the group. Giftedness certainly has its positives, but there are some tough "side effects" that gifted students face too. The letter discusses things like perfectionism, being misunderstood, being bullied, and having excessive curiosity.
Here is one piece of the letter:
"My GATES teacher talks about how we don’t have to be perfect all the time. He says that everyone makes mistakes. I know he doesn’t get mad at me when I get a question wrong and my parents always say “just try your best,” but sometimes I get sooo upset with myself. I don’t think I’m absolutely gifted, I’m just good at some things. It feels like people expect too much of me and sometimes they are disappointed if I don’t meet their highest goals. I get disappointed with myself sometimes too. It’s like I think that I have to be perfect or I won’t be me. Do you ever feel this way? What do you do about it?"