Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted young adults, If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? sheds light on the day-to-day experiences of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, and worries about the future. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories, the book gives readers a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. Teens will be able to reflect on their own experiences through the engaging journal prompts included in the book, and their parents and teachers will enjoy hearing directly from other students about the topics gifted teens face daily.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1What Is Giftedness? Chapter 2 Friends, Peers, And Fitting In Chapter What Do You Expect? Chapter 4 The Many Stories Of School Chapter 5 Family Life Chapter 6 A Look Toward The Future Chapter 7 Questions And Answers. . . Sort Of References About The Authors
Robert A. Schultz, Ph.D., is professor of gifted education and curriculum studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where he directs the CIGI (Curriculum and Instruction Gifted) program and coordinates doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction and early childhood education. A man of many hats, Bob also travels the country as a consultant in gifted education and curriculum development/evaluation, working with families and teachers addressing social/emotional needs of the gifted and developing education plans for gifted and highly/profoundly gifted individuals; teaches in public schools; and conducts research in and writes about giftedness—especially from the perspective of children, teens, and young adults (with more than 100 articles and book chapters and two books under his belt). Most importantly, he is better known as Dad to his kids.
Bob and his wife, Cindy, live in Waterville, OH, but hope to one day while away their time sailing in the Caribbean supported by their children (did you hear that, kids?). Until then, Bob plans to continue helping parents, teachers, and school districts meet the diverse needs of gifted learners in and out of classrooms.
James R. Delisle has worked in gifted child education for 40 years as a teacher, professor, counselor, and dad. He is the author of 21 books, including the best-selling Parenting Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide (with Judy Galbraith). His work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both top research outlets and popular media sources like The New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
With plenty of wise advice and wisdom throughout, If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy?, is a strong pick for education and self-help collections for teens.,James A. Cox,Midwest Book Review, 11/15/12