“Confessions: What It Really Feels Like Being Labeled Gifted and Talented Since Kindergarten” Series – Part 1 of 5 “Elementary” (2 min read)

Hi, Guys! Hope you’re doing well! If you’re new here, welcome to my little space in the internet.

I just came back from a morning run and this idea popped into my mind. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I knew I needed to write about this. Where I live (Rio Grande Valley), there’s a lot of early college prep/AP/IB/IDEA schools/magnet/private schools blossoming. It’s got the notice of educators beyond the valley that now they’re studying the education system infrastructure and partnerships with the community. ¡Viva RGV! ¡Arriba!

Now back to the real talk about what it really feels like to be labeled gifted and talented at a young age. This is based on over 15 years of personal experience and observations from other “remarkable” students.

Part 1 of 5: Elementary

  • In kindergarten, you have no idea you were “talented” or “gifted” and don’t even remember taking the GT assessment.
  • You are really excited to transfer to another school for 1st grade but have no idea what to expect.
  • You are surrounded by GT kids your age and feel it’s the norm.
  • Just like any other class, you see other GT kids bully other GT kids.
  • You are exposed to fun activities in school: cooking, cross-stitching, paper mache crafts, growing crystals (lol!), writing/directing skits, field experiences (visiting a local ecosystem), reading and listening to the Lord of the Rings (lol!), junior gardening program, how to write a check/budget (lol!), etc.
  • You get jealous of other GT kids but still be best friends with them
  • You have amazing, supportive GT teachers and parents
  • Overall, you’re just like other kids: being weird/silly, playing games, watching cartoons/movies/Disney/MTV, going to the mall, listening to music, making friends, trying extracurricular activities, growth spurt, getting crushes, etc.
  • You’re bored a lot
  • Your heart breaks and you cry when you realize you’re not going to the middle school of your dreams.

I could really keep going, but I’ll stop here. Come back for Part 2: Middle School!

Wishing you the best in everything you do!

Love,

Trisha

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Picture: My 1st Grade GT class in 1998-1999

Lifestyle – Growing up with Classical Music

My first memory of really enjoying classical music and letting my imagination run wild was in third grade while I was listening to Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. I was getting ready for a music memory contest in school and had to listen to about ten classical music pieces. I remember putting the tape in my sister’s stereo and just laying on her bed mesmerized with my eyes closed.

Before that I had limited encounters with classical music just in piano recitals (Fur Elise and The Entertainer) and cartoons (Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny). I think competing in music memory contests and learning how to play the piano were pivotal in developing my love for classical music. As I grew up, my love for the classics influenced my taste in literature, fashion, film, and even who I dated.

Consequently, here are three piano pieces I loved when I was growing up (12-13 yrs old) exploring and playing classical piano music. I also listened to other genres of music at that time, but classical piano music has a special place in my heart.

Fantaisie Impromptu, Op.66 – Chopin

Liebestraum – Love Dream – Liszt

Träumerei – Dreaming – Schumann

Yup, I’m a dreamer. What classical music did you grow up with? Leave a comment!

Love,

Trisha