Have you seen the movie Gifted? I saw it two times and I can see it more and more.
Both times, I was invited by the Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film company International and I appreciate it.
They also organised my Interviews with Marc Webb and Mckenna Grace.
Marc was busy with making another movie but he gave me time to ask him my questions. Thank you, Marc!
Here is my interview:
Aktionswoche – Gemeinsam für Hochbegabte Kinder in Deutschland
The 1st Gifted Awareness Week Germany 2013
Today is the last day of the first Gifted Awareness Week in Germnay. A project that my center, The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children organised to raise the awareness about this important topic.
So many great Gifted Educators, Gifted Advocators and friends supported this event and I can proudly say it was a wonderful and successful event. We care for Gifted Kids and that is our main interesst and message.
Why do I care for Gifted children?
I was once one of them and it was a dream to help them as soon as I can. The way was stony but my goal was clear. And today I enjoy my work a lot. I have learned to put my goal not on people and not on things but on my dream.
Now I dream of a day, when our schools support our talented kids, our society understands the power of unity and a better understanding for those kids, who are just different. It is not our intention to create any sort of elite. Fact is gifted children are not better than other children. There are just different, and because they are different, they have special needs. We aim to create a suitable environment for the children and youngsters where they can adequately develop their special talents and gifts.
Who knows me they already know that I work hard for my center. I live in Germany, work in Germany and Salzburg (traveling between two countries every week), fight with ugly cyberbullying, fight with ignorance, keep smilling and cry in my heart, work more than 20 hours daily, have to think very creatively, have a daily long to do list and more but I do all that because I care for my dream, I care for Gifted kids, I care for a better future because
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Thank you for all you do to support me on my way… 🙂
One day a mother came in my center and she was looking for consulting for her 3years old daughter. She said that her daughter could read books, writes in English and German and that she was very interested to learn more about everything but especially about planets, space and gallaxy.
I still wanted to experience herself, that she can read. From the shelf I gave her a randomly chosen book and she began to read fluently. I did not trust my eyes anymore. That little girl looked like other children of her age but her ability made a huge difference. Her mother said that she did not feel well in kindergarten and was very lonely and bored.
I asked the little girl, which planet is your favorite? She looked in my eyes with her bright eyes and answered: “ Saturn“. I tried to to look cool and appealing and asked her again: “ oh because of ringy, bingy around it?“ She threw a serious look at me and said : „This is not a ringy BINGY! It is all about compressed gases by ….“ and she told me about the physical and scientific facts about Saturn. I was just speechless.
That was one of several talented children, we help daily in Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children but not all are the same and equal.
Gifted children like other children have different profiles, different problems and different needs.
Of course not all of them are able to write or read early but they have many or all of the following characteristics that are usually associated with giftedness in the early years. Young children who are potentially gifted often:
- have a high energy level
- have a wide range of interests
- Have a great memory
- advanced vocabulary
- Very creative
- Prefer older companions or adults
- Have a great sense of humor
- Highly sensitive
Fact is that all these characteristics make raising a gifted child very difficult or better to say challenging for parents. These kids need a diverse program to better promote their needs and their talents. It is very important that the interests of the child are taken into account. High interest provides greater motivation and concentration and better results, otherwise they often react bored, stubborn and even angry, if there is no interest for the topic or due to repetition. As a parent of these children a lot of patience, understanding, calmness and positive thinking is a necessity.
To better understand these children it is very important for parents, educators and teachers to inform themselves about the topic.