Michael's teacher beckoned me aside the other day to ask "what we want from this year for Michael". She's had gifted kids before and was a bit wary that we were expecting her to just smooth the way for Michael's inevitable progress into international law, or brain surgery.
We've had this little chat with teachers a few times now, so I recited the usual things,
- we want Michael to enjoy school, so he still has an appetite for more at the end of Grade 10.
- we expect him to complete the work everyone else is doing
- he is enormously interested in a wide range of things, so anything you throw at him with energy and passion behind it, he will probably love.
Michael's teacher went on to ask what Elf and I do. When I said that I'm a graphic designer and Elf's an office manager, the teacher said "Was it a big surprise when he turned out like this?" I pointed out that no, we'd already had one gifted child so another didn't surprise us, and in fact our families are quite high achievers academically - ourselves and our parents and siblings between us could make quite a pile of degrees. Perhaps the fact that when I drop the boys off I am attired in shorts and sandals has given her some idea that I am no mental giant.