Hello, again! Hope you’re doing well! If you’re reading this, thank you for your time. I really appreciate it!
So in “Elementary,” I briefly recorded experiences of students labeled gifted and talented since kindergarten based on personal experiences of my own and others. I ended the last bullet as a transition to today’s topic, “Middle School.”
How was middle school, probably one of the most transformational years physically and mentally growing up, like for a GT student?
Part 2 of 5: Middle School
You stand out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re really knowledgeable, funny, or unusual in how you look or act.
Thinking about college and what to be when you grow up more seriously
Special perks: being the only ones using the new laptops in class, creative projects and assignments
More opportunities to get ahead academically: science/tech camps, taking more advanced classes
You develop your interests/hobbies more seriously
You and your friends call yourselves or admit inwardly you are geeks or nerds
You participate in more academic/music/sports competitions
You’ve thought about home-schooling or independent study
In some cases, summer before high school, you’re mentally more like a college student in an awkward teenager body
To be honest, I don’t know anyone who had an amazing middle school experience whether they were in GT or not. Personally, I’m thankful for my middle school years to a great extent because even though I may have attended an older, lower-income middle school compared with other schools in the area, I developed long-lasting friendships and my time in middle school sparked the fire to take charge of my own education.
But would I want to relive those 3 years again? Heck no! Haha.
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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!