“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