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Get Gifted Students Talking

Get Gifted Students Talking

76 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12)
Updated Edition


In our digital era, young people need a safe, supportive place to connect and “just talk” with peers as well as with an attentive adult, whether that is a general education teacher, gifted specialist, youth counselor, or another leader. With new conversation topics, additional discussion questions, and a revised introduction, this updated edition of Get Gifted Students Talking addresses the issues faced by gifted students in middle school and high school. Through guided group discussions, young people strengthen their social-emotional development, gain self-awareness, build important verbal communication skills, cope with difficult emotions, and more.

The book’s guided conversations are proven ways to reach out to gifted teens and address their concerns and needs through face-to-face communication, and the discussions can be easily adapted and customized. Introductory and background materials prepare group leaders of all experience levels to feel confident as discussion facilitators. Digital content includes reproducible handouts from the book.
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ISBN: 978-1-63198-409-9
Audience: Advising teachers, counselors, youth workers, and parents of students in grades 6–12
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 304
Digital Content: Includes reproducible forms from the book.
Praise for Get Gifted Students Talking

“An engaging text that is filled with appropriate exercises for the age group. The topics are intended to maximize students’ input and engagement.”—School Administrator magazine

“Gifted teens have unique social needs but most programs for this population focus on their academic needs. This book remedies that problem by providing discussion guides for 70 topics across 6 categories: identity, stress, relationships, feelings, family, and the future. Helpful activity sheets and an extensive list of resources by subject are also included.”—Curriculum Connections, a supplement of School Library Journal
“A valuable resource for youth workers who may have gifted students and need more information or perspective on their unique needs.”—Youthworker Journal
“There is a big problem with suicide here in Korea [and] there is a stigma against seeking counseling . . . To get around that, we use The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens [which] makes it possible not only for a counselor, but also a teacher of gifted students, to engage students in a structured but fairly informal conversation in the classroom about a different topic each week. I have simply made this part of the curriculum and call it ‘Growing Up Gifted.’ It makes students feel less alone and helps them make friends. It’s a very valuable process.”—Jonathan Jordahl, MFA, head instructor, Center for English Education for Gifted Youth (CEEGY), Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea

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