I have a little boy in my room this year who is gifted and talented.
I was given a heads-up by several different people who shared that John was not only an amazing reader, but he was very advanced in math.
Many times I smile when I hear these things, because more often than not the Asian children who usually appear in my room are heads above the other children- but they never seem to have an “advance team” informing their teacher of their supernatural powers. (And somehow, miracle of miracles, I usually figure out what they need to succeed.)
As the days progressed, I have noticed that John WAS indeed an amazing reader, and his problem solving skills are equally amazing. However, it was THIS conversation about our Hopes and Dreams for the year that confirmed his place in my heart.
Boys and Girls, now we are going to talk about our OWN Hopes and Dreams for this year; what do YOU want to learn this year? What is your HOPE for the year?
Susie: I hope I learn to read!
Janie: I HOPE to learn to read, too!
Jack: I hope I learn to swim! With NO floaties!
Trixie: I want to learn to do math. Really hard math!
And then I finally heard from my gifted and talented John:
“You know what? I want to learn how to shoot lightening bolts out of my hands! That’s what I really want to do.”
And that made my day. Yeah, he’s gifted and talented, but you know what?
He’s also a real, live boy.