Topics: Who are you, and how do you know? Perfectionism. Connecting with others. The nature of giftedness.
The value in this collection of activities is the opportunity for personal reflection, the informal conversations about the nature of giftedness in a non-threatening atmosphere, and a sort of casual, fun drawing and coloring challenge. These conversations and reflections should not be a one-time, once a year lesson (see the standard below). Here’s a chance to return to the conversation mid-year in your classroom . . . or start the conversation in your GATE classroom at the beginning of the year if need be. I use this lesson with 3rd graders mid-year as we return to our discussions about giftedness, but it will help in an introduction to giftedness as well and can work with just about any age from primary to adult.
National Association for Gifted Children Standard 1 -- Educators, recognizing the learning and developmental differences of students with gifts and talents, promote ongoing self-understanding, awareness of their needs, and cognitive and affective growth of these students in school, home, and community settings to ensure specific student outcomes.
It may seem simple, but this social-emotional lesson is full of critical thinking, personal reflection, and what it means to be gifted. It’s great for language kids, math kids, and general-intellectual or nonverbal ability alike.
In this lesson pack, you get a basic guide to the psychology of colors, several ready-to-print activity sheets, explanations and examples to guide you through the lesson, suggested sample questions for discussion, NAGC standards, and Common Core State Standard references where appropriate.
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Materials: compasses, white paper, and colored pencils, ready-to-print activity sheets included in the unit.