Developing Academic and Personal Talent - Basic Rules
By Andrew Loh
Professor Sidney Moon of Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource
Institute described children as “someone who can discover their personal
talent to lead an extraordinary life as well as accomplish difficult
objective and goals of life.” To boost both academic and personal
talent, children should have more choices that are more likely to boost
their personal talents. Children as latent talented as they are, are
more likely to fail to develop their abilities because of an apparent
failure on part of their parents and teachers. A majority of time,
children may never get the required number of choices that they are
supposed to get. This eventually results in decreased academic and
Before trying to boost academic and personal
talent in children, parents may need to learn more about three important
areas of knowledge:
Children should have enough knowledge about self and their
personality. This step is very important because it can help them
recognize the following:
Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
Recognize personal history and antecedents
Moon's recommendation to develop self-knowledge
depends on two techniques: in direct and indirect. First, indirect
method involves combining intrapersonal intelligence with experience.
This involves the following techniques:
daily experiences about events, space, nature, classroom association and
by reflecting on experiences learned during the day.
books, magazine, journals, useful media watching and travelling in the
Indulging in extracurricular activities like music,
dance, painting, drawing and literary activities.
Second, indirect method involves the following activities:
Learn what goes on
inside the mind and brain by conducting a common debating platform in
the house where all the family members join together to share their mind
Take a personality inventory survey to know and
identify current interests, talents and preferences. Once you know your
children's preferences and liking, you can introduce those activities
that match them.
Developing environmental knowledge
Moon also recommends parents to help their children develop
environmental knowledge to develop personal and academic talent. She
believes in the concept that children's “lives are constructed in
different contexts.” It is quite important to understand and learn more
about the environment that children live in. Again, there are two
methods to enrich environmental knowledge: direct and indirect.
First, indirect method involves finding something new and fresh by using
fictional materials, playing, reading drama, fiction and exploratory
books. On the other hand, direct method involves getting hands-on and
real, life-time experience by involving in identification, detection and
observation methods like trekking into the wild, tour to a different
place, travelling to different locations around the world and staying in
Developing psychological knowledge
Academic and personal talent boost is possible when children develop
their psychological knowledge. It includes three main categories of
Learning self-efficacy and self-efficiency
Learning hardiness to face difficult situations
Developing hopes and optimism.
To streamline this knowledge, children may need to
develop challenging activities that mandates:
Various skills that match and reflect the current skill levels of the child.
Develop how to set clear goals.
Develop a deep sense to get immediate feedback on the lessons learnt
and experiences gained in the past.
Repetition and a disciplined follow-up action are necessary
to boost both academic and personal talent and skill. When children are
given an opportunity to repeat the learnt activities, it will help them
hone advanced skills and enhance concentration and attention. Parents
may need to provide children with enough situations that promote a flow
and orientation to face challenging learning activities. A tip to
enhance psychological knowledge in children is to include a learning
behavior that includes modeling and feedback; modeling activities after
a set routine and learning to collect feedback after finishing those
activities is a surefire way to learn psychological knowledge set.
Two more activities that Dr. Moon suggests are personal decision making
and self regulation. These are very critical for their practical
orientation and application of ideas in a calibrated manner.
Personal decision making
Children should learn
how to make personal decisions because they can easily choose the best
options and alternatives that they feel will be the best for their
learning. When they are allowed enough freedom, they will be responsible
for their own actions and learning. With self-made decisions, they can
face any type of future challenges.
Self regulation means selecting careful goals and attaining them
over time. Again, parents will need to give them enough freedom to
create a solid goal map for future achievement. In a similar way, they
can also help them time management activities and schedule making.
The above mentioned tips and tips and suggestions will help children
lay a solid roadmap to enhance their academic and personal talent and
skill development. A well planned academic and personal life will also
help children create a productive path that can hoist them to achieve
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