gifted education banner
  December 10, 2010


* WV Gifted Education Home
* Contact WV Gifted Education
* WV Assoc. Gifted/Talented
* Search Previous Issues
  Upcoming Events

Wayne Co. Academic Games
January 10, 2010


WV - Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher Preparation

Marshall University

Program requirements

West Virginia University

Program requirements


 From the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
2010 Convention - General Session
 Mindsets, Praise, and Gifted Education: How Our Messages
Can Help or Hinder the Development of Talent

Dr. Carol Dweck - Studies found a distinction between Entity and Incremental Theories of Intelligence.

Fixed Mindset - "I am smart at this." Attribute their success to ingrained ability, fixed entity. Believe that if you have ability, everything should come naturally. When challenged, they are more prone to quit; brittle in self-concept; become dispirited by inability to solve hard problems because setbacks call their intelligence into question.

Growth Mindset - "I got it because I worked at it." Attribute their success to hard work. Believe that difficult work can be grasped step by step, incrementally. The novice can become the master. When challenged, more likely to rise to the level of the game.
Focus on effort rather than gift.
Examples of the type of praise that creates a "growth mindset culture:"

Praise the process in which the student engaged.
Praise effort, but not just any effort. Praise persistence despite setbacks.
Praise for choosing difficult tasks.
Praise for changing strategies when something is not working.

     For more on Carol Dweck's research, see Stanford University - Carol S. Dweck.


Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.