Life Skills for Gifted Students

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Life skills is not a topic usually associated with gifted learners, but participants at this chat challenged that notion. It was determined that gifted kids absolutely need to learn these skills. A full transcript can be found here.

Life skills are basic human skills needed to succeed in life. They involve interpersonal, personal and cognitive abilities. Life skills are also known in some places as Social Emotional Learning. Too often this need is overlooked by educators/parents simply because it’s assumed gifted learners don’t need to learn them. Gifted learners often act as powerful change-agents in our society once given the necessary information, skills and inspiration.

Interpersonal skills include communication skills, group dynamics & leadership skills – all are important for gifted learners. Affective skills are learning to deal with their inner feelings and to draw on them to guide one’s behavior. They skills help us manage emotions and experience personal growth.

We also discussed how can parents help their gifted children to gain skills necessary to be successful in life. The moderator reminded everyone that parents must possess the necessary skills in order to teach them.


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How Parents Can Put to Use Scores from the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

Family Life Skills from Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Life Skills from Unicef

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An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills

Character and Ethics Education from Cybraryman

Late, Lost, and Unprepared : A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning (book)

Late Lost Unprepared

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life (book)

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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (book)

Smart but Scattered

Posted on February 16, 2014, in parenting, Psychology, Social Emotional, Twice-exceptional and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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