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Talent Development and the Importance of Helping Your Child Find their Passions & Interests Dr. Tracy Cross, president of the National Association for the Gifted Children (NAGC) by Mind Map: Talent Development and the Importance of Helping
Your Child Find their Passions & Interests

Dr. Tracy Cross, president of the National Association
for the Gifted Children (NAGC)
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Talent Development and the Importance of Helping Your Child Find their Passions & Interests Dr. Tracy Cross, president of the National Association for the Gifted Children (NAGC)

Dr. Cross is the executive director of Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the president of the National Association for the Gifted Children. Presentation at the 2013 Fairfax County Public Schools Advanced Academic Programs Parent Conference (see link to the Conference brochure).

Influences on talent development

Home and family

Hints & clues, Signs from your kids

Interests, Keep an eye on interests, How can you support them?

Passions, What drives them?

Enjoyment, Differences between school & home, Change through the years

Perseverance, Can be taught, Model the behavior, Ok to fail/make mistakes, Learn flow from mistakes, Struggle is part of growing

Flow, Highly focused, High learning, Pleasant experience

Early evidence of ability

Community

School

Region

State

Country

History

Learning Literacy

Support your kids!

Model hard work

Express enjoyment

Be forthcoming about failures

Model perseverance

Encourage practice

Introduce myriad domains

Reward effort

Don't say "you're so smart"

Encourage involvement in domain culture

Encourage collaboration in domain

Reward hard work

Allow down time

Child is a child first

Realize the best efforts cannot prevent struggles in a child's life

Learn about child's personality and social goals

Teach child to better understand him or herself

Coping strategies for dealing with being gifted

Knowledgeable counseling

Mentorship

Communities of gifted children

Clearinghouse for information

Communication among parents, teachers, and counselors

Help each other!

Need to move away from entity model

Entity model: born with talent

Abilities/talent are what counts

Fails to recognize importance of other critical factors

Hard work

Learning

Learning from mistakes

Growth mindset

Giftedness as a developmental construct

Being gifted means working hard

To grow, must risk failure

Get better as you practice

Lifelong learning

Resources

Nagc.org

HoagiesGifted.org