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 Toni Krasnic
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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).
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
Support your kids!
Model hard work
Be forthcoming about failures
Introduce myriad domains
Don't say "you're so
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
Communities of gifted children
Clearinghouse for information
Communication among parents, teachers,
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
Learning from mistakes
Giftedness as a
Being gifted means working hard
To grow, must risk failure
Get better as you practice