Gift of Self: Developing Effective Self-Concept in Gifted Learners

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This is the slidedeck for the presentation on how to grow (and why to grow) self-esteem in gifted learners (and all learners). There is a link to more information at the end.

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Gift of Self: Developing Effective Self-Concept in Gifted Learners

  1. 1. The Gift of Self
  2. 2. Developing self- concept in kids.
  3. 3. The more you have, the more you’ll risk.
  4. 4. And kids need to take RISKS to grow.
  5. 5. Don’t worry about creating a self-absorbed narcissist.
  6. 6. That’s not going to be a problem.
  7. 7. of elementary school boys agree with this statement: I’m happy the way I am. 67 %
  8. 8. of elementary school girls do. 60 %
  9. 9. By high school,the numbers change.
  10. 10. 46% BOYS
  11. 11. 29% GIRLS
  12. 12. Self love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self neglecting.Shakespeare. Henry V.
  13. 13. 9 in 10 girls say that media and the fashion industry want them to look like her.
  14. 14. We can build self- concept in kids.
  15. 15. And it’s actually not that tricky.
  16. 16. Here are the keys.
  17. 17. Key No. 1: They must have an unshakeable belief in their inherent worth.
  18. 18. One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have wholehearted enthusiasm. “ “
  19. 19. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world. “ “
  20. 20. Here are some ways to help with that.
  21. 21. I don't know what your destiny will be,but one thing I know: “
  22. 22. The only ones among you who will be truly happy
  23. 23. are those who will have sought and found how to serve others. “ albertschweitzer
  24. 24. Key No. 2: Help them recognize that they accomplish things of value.
  25. 25. READ “THE HOBBIT” MASTERED ALGEBRA PARENTS READ TO ME READ BOOKS WITH NO PICTURES READ CHAPTER BOOKS LEARNED TO READ WILL READ “WAR & PEACE” LIKED TO SING SILLY SONGS STARTED PIANO LESSONS GOT BETTER AT SIGHT- READING GOT A KEYBOARD & PLAYED GOT MY OWN IPOD WILL PLAY “TRAUMEREI” & LEARN LEFT HAND BETTER LIKED TO SORTTOYS AND PLAY GAMES BEGIN TO LOVE FRACTIONS MULTIPLY & DIVIDE LEARNED TO DO BASIC MATH WILLTAKE AP CALCULUS CREATE TIMELINES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT
  26. 26. CREATE A PRIDE LINE
  27. 27. “I WAS PROUD OF MYSELF WHEN I…”
  28. 28. DEVELOP PRIDE IN THINGS THAT ARE SPECIFIC
  29. 29. DEVELOP PRIDE IN ACTIONS NOT QUALITIES
  30. 30. DISPLAY SUCCESS SYMOLS
  31. 31. KEEP IN MIND: ONE MAN’S ANOTHER MAN’S =
  32. 32. Key No. 3: Help them connect with others.
  33. 33. PEN PALS *TRY POSTCROSSING.COM
  34. 34. HELP THEM FIND FRIENDS.
  35. 35. EVEN JUST ONE.
  36. 36. Key No. 4: Help them understand the role of practice and effort.
  37. 37. IT AIN’T EASY, AND DON’T LET‘EM THINK IT IS.
  38. 38. If they think it should come easily because they are smart,
  39. 39. they will become discouraged and begin to doubt themselves.
  40. 40. Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare Measure for Measure
  41. 41. Teach them the role of deliberate practice. *see work of Anders Ericcson
  42. 42. I can golf every weekend and not get better.
  43. 43. To get better, I have to
  44. 44. be motivated to improve
  45. 45. get immediate feedback
  46. 46. perform the same or similar tasks.
  47. 47. again and again
  48. 48. try the same thing different ways
  49. 49. not expect to enjoy the practice itself all of the time
  50. 50. That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. Emerson “ “
  51. 51. Key No. 5: Teach them to trust their intuition.
  52. 52. Blink…
  53. 53. and you don’t miss it.
  54. 54. this
  55. 55. paid $10,000,000
  56. 56. for this.
  57. 57. now they
  58. 58. think it might be
  59. 59. fake.
  60. 60. Oops.
  61. 61. Trust your gut.
  62. 62. Key No. 6: Know the perils of praise.
  63. 63. DANGER! PRAISE FOR BEING NOT DOING AHEAD!
  64. 64. When you praise everything, you’re really praising nothing.
  65. 65. If you praise, do it for things they do, not who they are.
  66. 66. Praise effort, not perceived ability.
  67. 67. Say,“I’m noticing how hard you’re working on that.”
  68. 68. Not,“You’re so smart.”
  69. 69. Now you have these.
  70. 70. Please feel free to use them on any kid you meet.
  71. 71. Click here If you want to know more.
  72. 72. Credit Love Thispresentation was inspired by 100 Ways to EnhanceSelf-Conceptby Jack Canfield. Although I read the very old edition, a newer one is available. Several of the ideas contained here are tweaks of ideas in this book. The ideas regarding Ericsson’swork and the importance of intuition were inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’sbooks Outliers and Blink, respectively. Photo credits: All photos except those noted below are from iStockPhoto& sxc.hu. Slide15 – TotallyFred (Flickr) Slide38 – Erik Plomp: www.ervaarmarketing.nl Getty – Jelson25 (Wikipediauser) Kouros – Dorli Burge

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