Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Strategies to Promote Emotional Understanding

Guiding Principles

  • Foster a clear understanding of individual strengths and challenges.
  • Teach students skills in self-advocacy.
  • Encourage students and acknowledge their efforts not ability.
  • Coach students in setting realistic long-term goals and doable short-term goals.
  • Teach them how to chart progress and celebrate goal achievement.
  • Promote mistakes as part of the learning process.
  • Coach students in dealing with dysfunctional perfectionism.
  • Utilize a grading rubric and require students to evaluate and reflect on their own work.
  • Be flexible and allow students to redo assignments to improve their grade.
  • Model appropriate ways of dealing with praise, criticism, and setbacks.
  • Coach students in emotion regulating and coping strategies, such as seeking support, positive reappraisal, and accepting responsibility.
  • Avoid power struggles and coach in reaching workable solutions to problems.
  • Provide counseling when students are dealing with anxiety, depression, and when suicide is a possibility.

(Trail, 2011)