What is a durable person? What traits do successful people exhibit? What is a perfectionist? These questions and many others are explored in this practical guide to helping gifted students navigate social and emotional issues in their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their own giftedness, expand social skills, cultivate leadership skills, and develop strategies for combatting stress, anger, and perfectionism. Gifted children must be taught to be durable so they can continue to be responsible and productive citizens.
Topics covered in Learning to be a Durable Person include:
- Being gifted means different things to different people,
- Successful people exhibit the traits of creativity, goal setting, intelligence, courage and kindness,
- A person who chooses a career based on his or her intelligences may be more productive and satisfied in his or her career,
- Understanding why people tease others may allow you to choose how to deal with teasing, and
- No one is perfect.
Table of Contents
Essential Understandings and Guiding Questions Unit 1: Being gifted means different things to different people. 1. I’m in the Bag Attachment 1: Graphic Organizer Scoring Guide 2. Better At or Better Than Attachment 2: Friendly Letter Scoring Guide 3. I’m Gonna Like Me! 4. Perception of ME 5. Fingerprints of Greatness! Attachment 3: Fingerprints of Greatness Story Scoring Rubric Unit 2: Successful people exhibit the traits of creativity, goal setting, intelligence, courage and kindness. 6. Ready, Set, Goal Attachment 4: Steps to My Goal Attachment 5: Goal Setting 7. WhatsIts? Attachment 6: WhatsIts? 8. Recycle ME with FFOE Attachment 7: Written and Visual Product 9. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day Attachment 8: Creative Lesson Presentation 10. Responsibility and Respect Attachment 9: Cartoon Story Board Attachment 10: Cartoon – “When I feel bored. . .” 11. Put Your Best Foot Forward Attachment 11: Cereal Box Sandals 12. No Fear Attachment 12: Banner and Shield Making Attachment 13: Shield or Banner 13. It’s Okay to Be Different 14. Don’t Laugh at Me 15. I Pledge Attachment 14: Pledges Attachment 15: The Pledge of Allegiance 16. Caught in the Act Attachment 16: Generosity Action Plan Attachment 17: Generosity Action Plan Rubric 17. You’re Mean Attachment 18: You’re Breaking My Heart Unit 3 A person who chooses a career based on his or her intelligences may be more productive and satisfied in his or her career. 18. Multiple What? Attachment 19: Multiple What? Attachment 20: Mobile 19. Which Hat for ME? Attachment 21: Multiple Intelligence Icons Attachment 22: My Career Hat Attachment 23: Hat Making 20. Lifestyle Choices and Career Choices Attachment 24: Can I Afford My Lifestyle? Attachment 25: Written Communication Unit 4: Understanding why people tease others may allow you to choose how to deal with teasing. 21. You Can’t Bug ME! Unit 5: Stress is in our everyday lives. Learning to recognize personal stressors may allow you to diffuse stress appropriately. 22. I’m Stressed Out Attachment 26: I’m Stressed Out! Attachment 27: Oral Communication 23. Adrenalin 24. Stress Busters Attachment 28: Stress Busters Booklet Attachment 29: Stress Busters Play Unit 6: We experience a range of emotions everyday. Anger is a normal emotion, how you deal with your anger is a choice. 25. Today I Feel Silly Attachment 30: Many Faces of Emotion 26. I’m So Angry Unit 7: Making and keeping friends may help alleviate stress. 27. Qualities of Friends 28. Why We Need Friends 29. More or Less Attachment 31: Friendship Token 30. I Hate You 31. Priority Traits Unit 8: No one is perfect. 32. Late Bloomers Attachment 32: Late Blooming Flower Directions 33. Telling the Truth Attachment 33: Letter of Apology 34. I know I’m Supposed to Be Perfect Grade Level and Materials Checklist by Activity
Mary Hennenfent is a full-time gifted educator in the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, MO. She has 23 years of classroom experience, 14 years in science and 9 years in gifted education. Hennenfent received her master's degree from Lindenwood University and her Ed.D from California Coast University. Hennenfent is active in science fairs at the regional and international levels. She also speaks at state and national gifted conferences. She loves reading, traveling, and all things Disney. She resides with her husband, Greg, and her daughter, Samantha, in O'Fallon, MO.