Recently I was talking to some students who are gifted, and they were commenting about their areas of interest, study, and plans to make some sort of change in the world around them. Some wanted to impact students who came after them by making changes in course programming so the school can try to keep current issues in the forefront. Others wanted to impact the overall opportunities students have by participating in service projects, internships, volunteer activities, and other events. I was struck by the diversity of their giftedness and the fact that each of them was very serious about helping make their world a better place. These are students who will make a difference because they think deeply about the issues, solutions and ways to generate change. This deep thought is characteristic of many students who are gifted. Their deep thought and concern to make a positive difference for those who come after them is a part of who they are. Many students who are gifted will make a difference in the lives of others and create change that will impact gifted students for years to come. We can support these students by encouraging them to research and follow-through with their ideas, and by advocating for their needs.
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