Rethinking Giftedness: A YouCubed Video

I think this video is important to show to all “gifted” children and their guardians.

What does it mean to have that label? How can this label hold children back from growing and succeeding?

Find out here:

From YouCubed:

We decided to work with Citizen Film to make this short film after many years of my being a professor at Stanford and hearing from students about the labels they had received growing up. Many of the students had been labelled as “gifted” or “smart,” when they were in school, and these labels, intended to be positive, had given them learning challenges later in life. Most people realize that it is harmful to not be labelled as gifted when others are. The labelling of some students sends negative messages about potential, that are out of synch with important knowledge of neuroplasticity showing that everyone’s brains can grow and change. But few people realize that those labels are damaging for those who receive them too. At Stanford many students were labelled as gifted in Kindergarten or 1st grade and received special advantages from that point on, raising many questions about equity in schools. But labels and ideas of smartness and giftedness carry with them fixed ideas about ability, suggesting to students that they are born with a gift or a special brain. When students are led to believe they are gifted, or they have a “math brain” or they are “smart” and later struggle, that struggle is absolutely devastating. Students who grow up thinking that they have a special brain often drop out of STEM subjects when they struggle. At that time students start to believe they were not, after all, gifted, or that the gift has “run out” as one of the students in our film reflects.


Cambridge Youth Resources from IdeaExchange

Idea Exchange, (formerly Cambridge Libraries and Galleries,) supports and inspires the Cambridge, Ontario community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning, and would like to connect with WRDSB Cambridge schools to share information about relevant programming:

Cambridge Youth Friendly Committee Parent Flyer for Secondary Schools


Learn|Create Flyer for Elementary & Secondary Schools: Art + Science/Tech Workshop ($5 per student)


Learn Together Flyer for Secondary Schools: MagnusCards Life Skills Workshop (Free)


For more information, please contact:

Kay Nadalin
Publicity & Promotions Assistant
Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6
519.621.0460 x119
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AERO: Alternative Education Resources for Ontario


AERO is a web-based digital repository operated by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The mandate of AERO is to provide alternate format text to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario. AERO enables students with perceptual disabilities to access educational materials in a format they require and in a timely manner. For example, a student with vision impairment can have their textbooks converted to Braille.

Production has also started for the new braille code, the United English Braille (UEB) code in both grade 1 and grade 2 braille. To locate the titles we have produced in this medium, select the medium UEB gr 1 or gr 2, select a subject, i.e. mathematics then search. This search will display the math titles produced for this medium.

AERO has produced titles from the popular Forest of Reading 2015 list. To browse what titles we have, in the title field type Forest of Reading and leave all other fields blank. This search will show the titles available and their mediums.
To learn more about AERO services and the formats available, please visit About Us