Annie: I, too, teach K-5. And of the 350 students I teach, I have a handful
of extremely talented kids. Right now, my most gifted student is an
autistic 5th grader.
I use a whole lot of different strategies to equalize the environment.
My mantra is that there are no mess-ups only creative solutions!
I really emphasize the Be RESPECTFUL part of the 3B's. This includes being
respectful to one's self. There are are NO put-downs to others or to
oneself, only opportunities to do it better next time.
I make sure that the students realize that they are not being compared to
other students only to the rubric. The standards are high, but all can be
Before I offer a suggestion, I make sure I tell them what they have done
well so far. I also make sure that they hear me give suggestions to the more
We also do critiques ala DBAE and write reflection papers.
Kids are not stupid. they always know who's the best artist, the best
reader, the best whatever. But if they feel safe and validated, they will
feel OK about it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Annie Blood-Patterson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 11:59 AM
> I have been wanting to post a couple questions to everyone for a while.
> Here they are:
> 1. I am subscribing to the talk digest because I couldn't keep up with
> hundred or more messages that I used to recieve on the list serve. How
> everyone keep up? Does anyone know of a way to have the artsednet e-mails
> automatically go directly into a special folder when you download them?
> miss being on a direct link with you all. The Digest is frustrating
> because I don't like having to sort through all the messages without the
> ability to delete as I go.
> 2. I teach 1st - 5th and have a very gifted 1st grader who I am puzzled
> about. I do not want to single her out and I believe it is important
> I don't praise her art any more than another student, but her gift is
> any I've ever seen at that age. I know her parents know this - her dad
> an artist - but we have had to address in class the issue that the other
> children ooh and ahh over her work a lot and constantly hero worship her.
> This has made her really uncomfortable and she was able to verbalize this
> really well to her classmates. We had a great class discussion where she
> asked kids not to over do it with their praise and others said that it
> sometimes hurt their feelings if they were sitting next to her and the
> of the class noticed her work and not theirs. I guess I am interested to
> know if anyone else has had to contend with this kind of issue at such a
> young age?