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
  • Sales rank: 1,300,603
  • 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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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    This is a great guide for teens wanting to understand more about

    This is a great guide for teens wanting to understand more about what it means to be gifted. Pulled from teens themselves, this book is filled with advice from everything from fitting in, school issues and planning for the future. A welcome addition to any well-stocked library on giftedness, and the perfect book for a gifted teen.

    I want to thank Prufrock Press for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answer So Easy? Takes an in dept

    If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answer So Easy? Takes an in depth view of the gifted teen's everyday life, ranging from problems in academics to challenges in family life at home by using quotes from gifted teens in response to specific questions that many gifted teens can greatly relate to. Being considered a “gifted teen” myself, I found most of the questions and points presented very stimulating on a personal level, mainly because these are all topics that I personally have experienced. Also, it is very interesting to read the responses that other teens have given as I compare them to my own experiences, and it is even reassuring at times to know that I am not the only one to feel a certain way about some of the topics questioned.
    From the first time I saw the cover of the book, my immediate thoughts were, “Well, this is for someone who has way more problems than I do.” However, as a result of these responses being from other gifted teens similar to myself, it was actually far more interesting than I ever would have imagined. Although some specific responses may be more helpful than others, and some responses may even irritate you at times, I personally found the most helpful responses to be from the essays and responses from gifted teens who had already graduated from high school and who were on their way to higher levels of academia. These specific sections left behind the greatest sense of confidence and inspiration, reassuring myself that no matter how stressed or overwhelmed you may get, you can still pull through and be successful.
    In the end, I must heartily recommend Jim Delisle and Robert Schultz's book to any gifted teen who sometimes feels like the world is out to get them. Whether you are a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or just a hard working student, everyone at some times feels this way. If you have never had this feeling, well, your life must be perfect anyway. And along with the information and sense of unity with other teens, it's still an entertaining book that you can lose many hours to. There are two reasons why I stop reading a book. One is when the book is so incredibly dull that I have to stop reading before I get a headache. The other is when I realize that it's midnight and I should have stopped reading three hours ago. Fortunately, Jim Delisle and Robert Schultz's new book falls into the latter category.

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