chapter  3
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Don’t call them gifted!

If you want to help children learn then here are some phrases to AVOID saying:

The child is a genius!

You’re gifted.

Bright boy.

Clever girl.

You’re a natural.

What a great reader.

You’re by far the best.

If we tell children they are gifted, bright, clever, a natural or any of the other labels listed on p. 31, then we are in danger of suggesting their success is down to a ‘natural’ intelligence they have been given. On the face of it, this might be okay, but consider what these same children might think if they begin to fail: ‘I can’t be as clever, bright or gifted as I thought I was.’ And: ‘If my success is down to my level of intelligence, then surely my failures must be down to the same thing.’