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AUTONOMY
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our children grow like the unfolding of a butterfly's wings or the petals of a flower
Autonomy
Gifted students have a high need for autonomy. Unless this need is served you will have behaviors which may appear as "Oppositional Defiance Disorder".
This child is adept at arguing and, in fact, will only engage you in an argument if they have already examined all opposing arguments and defeated them soundly in their heads. Do not ever argue with such a child as you will surely lose.
It is critically important that you direct this "defiant" energy into meritorious purposes which will support the student's learning goals.

While this characteristic is often the root cause of many "behavior problems" in a traditional education model, BLC flips it over and uses it as an asset to learning.
By including the learner as a decision maker we allow them to become deeply invested in the design and execution of their education program. The gifted learner is, after all,  the highest stake holder and they do have a high intellect, why then are they so often excluded from the decisions about their learning?

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