4 Classroom Resources for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Gifted Students
4 Classroom Resources for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

By learning to be aware of how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors affect their pursuit of excellence, students will be able to maximize their potential and connect with others. These books provide tested classroom activities and curricula that cultivate social-emotional skills in gifted students.

  • Creating Kind and Compassionate Kids (Grades 3–6) offers lessons and activities that promote problem solving and social-emotional learning, allowing students to become more aware of themselves and others who share their world. Each lesson teaches vital affective skills, such as empathy, tolerance, compassion, communication, and leadership and encourages students to think creatively and critically.

  • Teaching Tenacity, Resilience, and a Drive for Excellence (Grades 4–8) equips teachers to deliberately cultivate psychosocial skills, including self-awareness, problem solving to deal with setbacks, assertive interpersonal skills, and intellectual risk-taking. Lessons include engaging activities and curriculum connections, covering topics related to perfectionism, mindset, grit, stress, procrastination, social-emotional intelligence, and more. 

  • I’m Not Just Gifted (Grades 4–7) is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions. Including lesson plans, worksheets, and connections to Common Core State Standards, I’m Not Just Gifted is the practical guide necessary for anyone serving and working with gifted children.

  • Creating Strong Kids Through Writing (Grades 4–8) is the perfect resource for teachers seeking quick, ready-to-use writing lessons that encourage social and emotional growth, personal development, introspection, and innovative thinking in students. Each of the 20 lessons has been classroom-tested with students of all ability levels in grades 4–8, and each lesson contains one or more samples of student work to help guide and inspire student writers.