What do other students like me experience?
“When I get interested in something, or think something is really funny, the main reaction from the class is that I’m weird”
“I wish I had more friends who I could be totally myself with, or who were more like me”
“I don’t really know what to do when we are learning stuff that I could do like five years ago.”
“Sometimes other kids see something and just laugh, but I get really emotional about it”
“Sometimes a teacher won’t see that I’m really good at some things because they focus on other things that I find hard”
Why is it important that I am challenged in my learning?
Often gifted kids cruise through school, left to their own devices by teachers who are understandably focused on those who are struggling. But if you don’t get challenged, in the long run you run the risk of getting bored or even dropping out of school. As a society, we want you to build your muscles for tackling tough problems!
In an environment where you are being challenged, you can also discover that there are more kids like you than you thought, which has a lot of benefits.
“I am a grown-up gifted child whose parents and teachers reacted to me by requiring that nothing out of the ordinary was ever done for me, so that I did not grow up big headed. What then happened was that I grew up never able to trust that my impression of what was going on was accurate. I have under-estimated my skill and potential ever since. I have had a good career, but I know that I could have been so much more."
What would one session a week at MindPlus be like for me?
The MindPlus model is to bring a group of gifted kids together with a specialist teacher for one session a week, face to face or online, at your school, our unit or at home.
Every day at MindPlus is unique, because every group of students is unique. A session might include:
Coming up with a new invention or design
In-depth philosophical discussions where you get to share your thinking and ideas
Understanding what giftedness means, for you and for other kids like you, and how to develop your own strengths
Working out how to explain your giftedness, and the joys and challenges that it brings to your friends, teachers and whānau
Creative thinking games, where you can let your imagination go wild!
Individualised activities that you design with your specialist teacher that will help you to work on your personal interests and talents, like fantasy writing, game design, coding, chess, 3D construction, art, design, learning another language…
Check out the videos below to learn more about the programme options and which one could be right for you.
How much autonomy would I get?
Building your ability to direct your own learning is an important part of what happens at MindPlus. We know that gifted learners are hungry to learn about the things that really interest them and we help you with the time, space and tools to really dig in. Our specialist teachers also help students uncover new strengths and develop new talents along the way.