When it comes to gifted children, misconceptions abound. The impact is tremendous, and it is up to parents and educators to provide gifted children the support they need.
Three years into my teaching career, my department chair assigned me the most advanced level available to freshman: Honors English 9.
I was excited. Honors students were bright, engaged, and hard workers who thrived in the classroom environment. Most of the faculty assumed, as did I, that the students enrolled were gifted.
That assumption was incorrect.