Challenging the Gifted Student Writer

In a time of economic difficulty, school budgets get exceedingly trim.  And one of the first places to be targeted for cuts can be a school’s gifted and talented program.  Students all across the country will be returning in the fall to schools with little or no resources allocated to gifted education.

This is a tragedy for students and parents who know that learning needs to be more than just going through the motions.  Gifted and talented youngsters need to be engaged and even challenged in order to reach their full educational potential.

Because gifted students often learn basic skills more quickly and easily than their peers, they can become discouraged by the slow pace of most curricula.  This can be especially true in the area of English writing.  Boys and girls who have accelerated writing skills need both targeted instruction and consistent feedback in order to excel and achieve a sense of self-efficacy.

If your child is not being challenged in the traditional classroom, is a victim of recent cuts in local school budgets, or is a homeschooler showing a need for accelerated instruction in writing, there are still things you can do to help them keep their motivation toward higher learning.

  • Encourage them to keep a journal – this is an important opportunity for self expression and understanding their place in the world
  • Help them choose appropriate reading – studies show that readers who attempt literature at least one level above their natural reading stage will grow both their comprehension and vocabulary skills
  • Support them in exploring a variety of different types of writing including persuasive, editorial, expository, multimedia, and fiction.
  • Provide opportunities for them to practice their writing skills outside of the classroom

Time4Writing offers a variety of writing courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Gifted and talented students may pick and choose the course and level of instruction that will best meet their needs.  These online courses are taught by certified writing teachers and provide personal feedback and support that both encourages and motivates young writers. Coursework can be completed on the student’s own schedule as part of a home education program or after school, for enrichment purposes.

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