If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?: Advice from Teens on Growing Up Gifted [NOOK Book]

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Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted adolescents and young adults, "If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?" sheds light on the day-to-day experiences and stories of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including aspects like friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, worries about the future, and their family lives. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories firsthand, the book gives readers a ...
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If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?: Advice from Teens on Growing Up Gifted

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Overview

Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted adolescents and young adults, "If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?" sheds light on the day-to-day experiences and stories of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including aspects like friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, worries about the future, and their family lives. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories firsthand, the book gives readers a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted teens in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. While reading, teens will be able to reflect on their own experiences through the engaging journaling and thought experiments included throughout the book, and their parents and teachers will enjoy hearing directly from other students about the topics their gifted teens face daily.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The authors surveyed more than 5000 students via the Gifted Kids Speak website to solicit responses about being gifted and to offer advice to other teens. Seven chapters cover topics such as, "What is giftedness?" friendships, expectations (parental, personal, and societal), how schools meet educational needs, family dynamics, and "A Look Toward the Future." After a brief introduction to each theme, the bulk of the chapters consists of quotes from respondents-identified only with their gender, age, and state-followed by an essay written by a gifted teen. "Your Turn" boxes, in which readers are challenged to reflect on their own feelings, are inserted throughout. The survey results are decidedly anecdotal, but reflect myriad personalities from confident to insecure, snarky to philosophical, athletic to sports-averse, regular gifted through profoundly gifted, happy and content to not. Gifted teens may enjoy browsing the topics in this book more than reading it straight through as the tone of the responses often veers negative and seems repetitive with prolonged reading. Still, there's something in this attractive volume for everyone, including parents, teachers, and nongifted students, who may gain some insight about their peers.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618210517
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 175
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • File size: 1,018 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. James R. Delisle is a professor of education at Kent State University, where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in gifted child education. Delisle is the author of 11 books, including the best-selling Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook (with Judy Galbraith) and Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education. In addition, Delisle directs a program for gifted students in grades 7-8 in Twinsburg, OH. He is married to Deb Delisle, and they have a son, Matt, who lives and works in northern California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Is Giftedness? 5

Chapter 2 Friends, Peers, and Fitting in 29

Chapter 3 What Do You Expect? 49

Chapter 4 The Many Stories of School 77

Chapter 5 Family Life 115

Chapter 6 A Look Toward the Future 139

Chapter 7 Questions and Answers… Sort of 167

References 187

About the Authors 189

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