Four Flourish, Let them Fidget! and Self Actualization


Did you see in the news yesterday that Ohio had a family of quadruplet brothers all accepted to ivy-league universities?  According to a local ABC station, “Aaron, Nick, Nigel and Zachary haven’t made their decisions, though Aaron likes Stanford University and his three brothers are leaning toward Yale.”

My favorite quote from their interview was when they were asked what their accomplishment demonstrates and the responded,”We feel like getting into these schools show who the people around us are,” Nigel (one of the quadruplets) said.

Zachary (another of the brothers) added that they have always gotten encouragement that “the sky’s the limit” with their hard work.” (Even gave a nod to GRIT!)

How awesome are these four Ohio seniors who are gifted?  I can see many of my current students following in their footsteps someday!

Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nations top universities, including each of them to both Yale and Harvard.
(Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)


For more info on these guys 

A few more articles that I found of interest this week include the following from MindShift KQED news which suggests that the fidgeting that some of us worry about in ourselves or our children may actually be a sign that we are focusing more deeply! I have provided some of my heavy fidgeters with “fidgets,” toys that can be played with while concentrating on the lesson or activity at hand. The fidgets I typically share with your students include a marble in a tube, a pencil gadget with wings, nuts, and bolts to adjust, and sometimes a band for their chairs, so they can kick their feet without distracting others.

Due to the very common experience of overexcitability in many children who are gifted, this is a very usual practice within my experience. Also to note, many children who are gifted are often misdiagnosed as ADHD, so be sure to mention your child’s giftedness to your pediatrician if you have any attention concerns. See this article for more information concerning giftedness and ADD/ADHD

Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD

Finally, this article is a long one, but a good one. Written by a psychotherapist and a well-known leader of advocates for gifted education. The solutions they suggest are somewhat different than those that I would suggest, but the gist of the article is ringing true to my experience as a parent and teacher. I have seen many students who have felt alienated by the social construct of what is expected at school, and once they have found their niche, have flourished. May we look for all the ways our children excel and support them holistically!

Destination Success: Raising a Self-Actualized Adult not a Straight “A” Student