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Teaching Persistence to Gifted Students


Some may wonder why we would even have to consider teaching persistence to gifted students; but, in fact, many characteristics of gifted children can actually contribute to a lack of persistence. If not challenged early on, gifted students never learn persistence because they don’t have to in the elementary years. When the work does get challenging in later years, they begin to question their own ability.

The role of ‘frustration tolerance’ can come into play for a gifted student. Many gifted students lack the ability to tolerate being frustrated in the face of challenge. they need to learn and understand how to put some space between a challenge and how to respond.

Perfectionism also affects some gifted students who seem to lack persistence. Coping with wanting everything to always be perfect may cause a child to give up if they can’t achieve perfection. The idea of seeing something through that isn’t their ‘best’ may seem impossible; which is where the teacher comes in. As Carol Bainbridge told us, “Fear of imperfection is paralyzing to some gt kids. Better to not try at all than to try and not be perfect.”

Scaffolding can be used to help the student who is struggling with persistence. Simply supporting a child in knowing where ‘to start’ can lead many to succeed. Gifted children are not gifted in all subjects; individual attention to support weaknesses is a good start.

What are some coping skills students need to meet life’s challenges and adversity? Gifted students need to realize the importance of their ability to think; to problem solve; to figure things out. They can use self-talk to remove negative thoughts and begin to believe in themselves and abilities.

Parents and teachers can help gifted students have a realistic understanding of their own abilities.Parents must first have realistic expectations of their child and understand that they may not excel in all areas. Teachers can nurture a child to understand what they are good at and how to develop their talent. A transcript of this chat may be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 14.00 NZST/12.00 AEST/1.00 UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Coping 101: Building Persistence & Resilience in Gifted Children

How to Support Gifted Students in Your Classroom

Ed Week: 5 Ways Gifted Students Learn Differently (tiered subscription)

Challenges Faced by “Gifted Learners” in School & Beyond

5 Teaching Strategies for Persistence, Stamina

Engaging Gifted Students in a Heterogeneous Classroom (pdf)

Six Strategies for Challenging Gifted Learners

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

Teaching Perseverance = Teaching Success

Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner (pdf)

Gifted and Talented Students: Guidelines for Teachers (Slideshare)

AUS: Teaching Kids Persistence – Skills for Life

KEVA Planks: Build a Mind

Picture Books that Model Perseverance

Photo courtesy of MorgueFile

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Finding Value in Video Games


Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World (You Tube)

The Future of Video Games Is Also The Future Of Storytelling

Duke research: Video Games Make Players Smarter

Video Gamers Capture More Information Faster for Visual Decision-making

What Works in Schools Is Real Work

Learning by Designing Games (with useful resources, #GBL)

Back to the drawing board for game making?

GoGo Labs is a Disruptive Learning Technology Lab

Digital Games: A Context for Cognitive Development

Understanding Quest-Based Learning (pdf)

Assessment Matters: Game-Based Learning to Foster Student Engagement

Choice-Based Assessments for the Digital Age (pdf)

Video Games and Social Emotional Learning

Situated Learning in Virtual Worlds and Immersive Simulations (pdf)

What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?

Using Educational Games and Gamification

Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? From @edutopia

games-based-learning blog: Games Based School

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Game-Based And Traditional Learning Are Different

3D Game Lab: Online Teacher Camp

games-based-learning blog: 21st Century Skills and Games Based Learning

Video Games In Learning? These 50 Videos Explain What’s Possible

TEDxManitoba – Rick Van Eck – The Gaming of Educational Transformation (video)

Classroom Game Design: Paul Andersen at TEDxBozeman (video)

7 Skills Students Need for Their Future (video)

Can Digital Games Boost Students’ Test Scores?

Research on Assessment in Games

Teachers, Students, Digital Games: What’s the Right Mix?

Center for Game Science

The Radix Endeavor

Motivating Children to Learn Effectively: Exploring Value of Intrinsic Integration in Educational Games (pdf)

New Survey: Half of Teachers Use Digital Games in Class

Money, Time and Tactics: Can Games Be Effective in Schools?

Playful Learning

The School Where Learning is a Game

Institute of Play Quest Schools

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