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

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

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by James Delisle, Robert Schultz
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618210517
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
175
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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