Teaching a Reluctant Gifted Learner: Ways to Reach and Teach the Gifted


     “Make me.” ~Any Gifted Kid, age 7

Fun and games can be part of the package when teaching gifted kids, metaphorical blood, literal sweat, and oh-so-very-many tears also factor in. Learn from the GHF Bloggers strategies and methodologies for reaching reluctant learners and re-igniting their curiosity—and bring back the fun and games!


No automatic alt text available.Homeschooling: acquisition of skills or accumulation of facts? ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

So as I'm planning for the next several months and helping Andy figure out the years beyond that, I keep coming back to the intent of our homeschool. I know why we're homeschooling, but what's the intent? What's the outcome we expect from at-home learning? Why in hell are we doing this again?
Is homeschooling an acquisition of skills or an accumulation of facts?

Image may contain: 1 person, sittingLearning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Kiddos ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)

Reluctant gifted kids are learners whose passions just haven't been tapped yet. Really! There's hope for all of you who, like me, are battling a lack of motivation or just a super-smart kiddo who is not reaching his or her potential...

Reluctant Gifted Learners ~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)

When gifted children appear reluctant, it’s because they are children. They may reason and converse like adults, but they are still human beings with emotions, passions, fears, and anxieties just like (and in some cases, more than) the rest of us. To expect some sort of consistent, global tenacity when it comes to every facet of their education is to negate the nature of their inherent personhood.

GHF blog hop SeptReluctant Gifted Learners: Solving the Puzzle ~ The Fissure Blog (Emily VR)

"If you are new to gifted education, or if you thought “gifted” meant “kids who always make ‘A’ honor roll,” you may be confused. (Hint: that’s not what gifted means.) You’ve tried various strategies..."

Image may contain: textTeaching a Child Who Won't Be Taught ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

How to educate a child who won't be taught? It's not a question I thought I'd ever need to answer, but life (and my daughter) decided this was the path we needed to follow.

Today, I'm going to talk about a few of the strategies I use to create a welcoming learning environment that steers my kids in the direction they need to go, without explicitly 'teaching' them.

GHF blog hop SeptThere is no such thing as a reluctant learner.  ~ Preschool Engineer (Julie Uzelac Schneider)

"We should recognize when and why coercion is the force by which our child performs as a student compared to when and why our child shows us that he or she is a learner."

Image may contain: birdWho Is The Reluctant Learner? ~ Homeschooling 2E (Mary Paul)

Traditional school teachers would label my son a "reluctant learner" and silently add "problem child" as well. It took me shedding the ill-fitting teacher role and becoming a problem solver to help him overcome what I had labeled reluctance, but was really my own failure to reach him. I was the reluctant learner, not him!



Providing an appropriate education for a gifted or twice exceptional (2e) child often means thinking outside the box

when homeschooling is a drag

Sometimes a traditional classroom setting is a good match, but it's not for everyone. Many families choose various methods of homeschooling (secular, religious, unschooling, eclectic, carschooling, and so on), while other families prefer charter schools, independent study programs, part-time homeschooling or other alternatives. Check out our resources for homeschooling and read about everything you ever wanted to know about educational alternatives. You can also find curriculum resources and great ideas to make learning fun, as well suggestions at New from Nikki and reviews from our GHF Bloggers.


Don't miss these topical books from GHF Press:

when homeschooling is a dragMaking the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child

by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT

A concise guidebook for parents rethinking their educational choices, Making the Choice discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families. In Making the Choice, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, MFT, demystify and de-mythify some of the perceived barriers to homeschooling and other alternatives. For those families wondering if alternative education is an option they should consider, Making the Choice offers ideas, guidance, and encouragement to fully evaluate the option.

Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling

by Celi Trépanier

What would make a dedicated public school teacher decide to homeschool her own children? In her new book, Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling, Celi Trépanier (Crushing Tall Poppies) shares her journey from a top teacher in traditional schools to a disillusioned parent struggling to get an appropriate and challenging education for her gifted sons. How is the current educational system failing our gifted and twice-exceptional students? How can parents fight for the education their children need and deserve? What options do parents and their gifted children have? Celi addresses these concerns and more in Educating Your Gifted Child.

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