I've taught over a thousand students in my career. Thinking back, I can name maybe 5 who are truly "gifted."
When I think of gifted, I think of amazing artists such as Bob Dylan and John Lennon, or sports figures like Lou Gehrig. As far as emotionally gifted...maybe Princess Diana and Bono. Their level of compassion and grace puts them in a class all their own.
Many children develop a keen sense of compassion/empathy for those around them. I definitely wouldn't call knowing when your younger brother is upset emotionally gifted.
You might be right, or they might not have been the jaw dropping gifted that could be noticed. It can be easily missed. For children who adapt well and overall get along well with friends and developmental skills, they could be easily dismissed as great students who put forth effort etc. Lots of times parents who are not that concerned about their child's super skills only become concerned when issues start arising. I would imagine teachers often only also get concerned when there are issues and start noticing - unless the child is on a prodigy level. Children with IQs at the border or not too far above could easily be missed unless there are issues.
I'm not saying that I'm "gifted" by the way. As an adult, I would categorize myself as bright on my good days. But I was really really high acheiving in school, once I got in a program that was a good fit for me.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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