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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.
Life Skills from Unicef
Character and Ethics Education from Cybraryman