Today we’re chatting about Artistic Versus School House Giftedness with Kim Paris
When it comes to identifying kids that are gifted and talented, IQ testing is often used as a measure of giftedness. Scoring 120 shows giftedness and 160 and above is highly gifted.
In the early years of Kim’s training, the focus was on identifying only the academic portion of gifted and talented kids. IQ testing, though, is not an accurate measure of giftedness for young kids such as those In her own preschool and kindergarten. A more accurate measure of giftedness in young children is parents reporting attributes and behaviors in their child. Kim states that parents are between 75% – 83% accurate at identifying giftedness in their child, even if they don’t understand what gifted and talented means.
I shared with Kim that it’s my personal belief that every child has gifted potential and it’s just up to parents and educators to take the time to learn how we can help our kids propel themselves to that next level. It goes without saying that I’m not a fan of standardized tests as they aren’t designed to test every child’s learning style. At this point in our conversation, Kim introduced the topic of today’s interview: the difference between School-House Giftedness (measured by standardized testing) and Creative Giftedness which cannot be measured directly and is much more challenging to identify.
Parents, if you believe your child to be gifted in any way, Kim suggests that you advocate for some additional testing – IQ and academic testing. Kids aren’t going to be able to show what they know unless somebody takes time to sit down with them and do this type of testing.
Here’s the rub: For kids that aren’t School-House gifted, such as those that are musically or artistically gifted, sitting in the classroom can be a challenge. Some teachers are really great; they give their students extra challenges in the classroom. A lot of times, though, teachers don’t have the time, resources, or information so that kids can show what they learned in a way that feels right to them, and they can use that creative outlook.
If you recognize that your child is artistically gifted, ask your child’s teacher to work a little more closely with you to develop some type of an individualized education program implementing ways that they can learn and express their knowledge through the arts – music, dance, arts.
Why are the arts so important for kids?
Art is important in the development of a child because the more we can incorporate different intelligences and in different ways that kids learn best either musically, artistically, through movements, kids are gonna gain confidence in acquiring knowledge.
When kids have the opportunity to express themselves and get those emotions out in a healthy way through the arts, it’s a huge relief for these kids. Their physiological makeup changes when they have ways of expressing themselves and giving up those emotions that sometimes they don’t know what to do with the other but through the arts.
What one actionable tip for parents?
Growing up, Kim’s mom was always pointing things out in the environment. Her mother gave her an appreciation of the world just by pointing out different ways of looking at our environment.