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SLC Training 2015

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SLC Training 2015

  1. 1. General Characteristics of High Ability Students Lisa Rubenstein, Ph.D. Ball State University SLC Training 2015
  2. 2. What characteristics do you exhibit?
  3. 3. Now, does this characteristic list represent all SLCs?
  4. 4. Now, does this characteristic list represent all SLCs? Is it helpful? Unhelpful?
  5. 5. General Characteristics of High Ability Students Overview/Analysis of General, Social, and Emotional Characteristics Asynchronous Development Perfectionism Motivation
  6. 6. General Characteristics Look at the characteristic lists. Could you make these lists more manageable? Categorize? Synthesize? What are the most important characteristics of which SLCs should be aware? How do these characteristics affect high ability students?
  7. 7. Social Characteristics
  8. 8. Social Characteristics Which characteristics would affect high ability students social relationships?
  9. 9. The Power of Introverts Susan Cain
  10. 10. Introversion Greater percentage of high ability introverts compared to the general population Gather information about students...see extraversion/introversion scale items Why might this characteristic be useful to consider?
  11. 11. Big Fish Little Pond Effect (Marsh)
  12. 12. Identity Formation What factors influence identity formation?
  13. 13. Marcia’s Stages
  14. 14. Bronfenbrenner
  15. 15. Identity Formation Social connections Opportunities to experiment/redefine Crisis of identity is possible and not necessarily bad.
  16. 16. Social Recap Introversion/Extraversion BFLPE Identity Development: Importance of society and challenges
  17. 17. Emotional Characteristics
  18. 18. Emotional Characteristics Which characteristics would affect high ability students emotional well-being? What about depression? What about overexcitabilites (Dabrowski)?
  19. 19. Emotional Characteristics Which characteristics would affect high ability students emotional well-being?
  20. 20. Overexcitabilities psychomotor - heightened movement sensual - heightened senses, responses to stimuli imaginational - heightened imagination intellectual - heightened curiosity emotional - heightened emotions, sensitivity Leading to high intensity
  21. 21. Limont, W., Dreszer-Drogorób, J., Bedyńska, S., Śliwińska, K., & Jastrzębska, D. (2014). 'Old wine in new bottles'? Relationships between overexcitabilities, the Big Five personality traits and giftedness in adolescents. Personality & Individual Differences, 69199-204. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.003
  22. 22. Stressful Situations Discovering problems with multiple solutions or no one perfect solution Academic challenges: identity, others’ perception Social challenges Mixed messages Multi-potentiality?
  23. 23. Stress Self-Talk Rational Irrational
  24. 24. Potential Cognitive Distortions Polarized/Generalized thinking Personalization Catastrophzing “Shoulds”
  25. 25. Emotional Recap Heightened senses (overexcitabilities) Stressful situations Cognitive distortions
  26. 26. Characteristics Affecting Multiple Areas
  27. 27. Characteristics that Affect Multiple Areas Asynchronous Development Perfectionism Motivation
  28. 28. Asynchronous Development Mismatch among physical, mental, social, emotional levels Higher IQ leads to greater mismatch Why would this matter?
  29. 29. Perfectionism Take the perfectionism quiz What are the forms of perfectionism? Recent literature - concern over mistakes and personal standards Cognitive Distortions and Self-talk
  30. 30. Motivation Importance of realistic goal setting Achievement Orientation Model Mindset Theory
  31. 31. General Applications Recognize the issue. Help students recognize the issue. LISTEN. (Repeat back, adding feeling.) Discuss potential solutions. Mindfulness? Self-acceptance? Meditation? Professionals? Programs? Group discussions? Provide ongoing support.
  32. 32. Questions?