In Twitter #gtchat the other day, we talked about teaching gifted children to manage time effectively, and I think there was even a passing mention of (deep breath!) deadlines. This was all one of those delightful tangents you go down, and led up to the suggestion of a future #gtchat on that kind of thing, so if this is your topic, don’t worry, you haven’t missed the main course!
I have mixed feelings about the importance of teaching time management to gifted children. On the one hand, enabling anybody to achieve more in the same amount of time is good. On the other hand, promoting shallow engagement in learning or shoddy performance simply because the clock is ticking cannot be good.
Have you ever looked at one of the great creative achievements of humanity, like the Taj Mahal, and found yourself wondering, “But when they built it, did they meet the deadline?”
Ironically, I have time to make this post because a gifted student is late…