Let me start off by posting this:
I thought it was hilarious! They did a poll of people to see what they thought the scariest jobs were and Kindergarten Teacher came in 4th place! I do agree it takes a special kind of person! :)
I know that every classroom has it's share of various personalities. But I think teaching GT kids, you see more quirkiness and sometimes social awkwardness. I have had taught several students over the years that the teachers who taught them after me or ancillary teachers just don't take the time to understand.
I've posted before that I see GT traits in my dog. I know that seems like a strange comparison. She is very smart but also awkward and socially inept when it comes to playing with other dogs (this has been since puppy preschool). She likes routine, change her routine and she gets stressed out. If you are not paying enough attention to her, she will make you pay attention to her-she will grab the remote or a sock out of the laundry and beg you to chase her to get it. We stayed with my parents for over a week after my knee surgery and my mother really did not understand her. She has a belief, as many teachers do with their students, that there should be strict obedience. There is no negotiating, no compassion for differences in learning. But fortunately, that's not they way the world works-every child (and dog personality) is unique.
I had a student several years ago whose backstory would bring tears to your eyes. At 5 years old she was extremely defiant and any little thing could set her off. Her tantrums would be strong and usually damaging to whatever was in her path. How did we make it through the year? I learned to praise every little thing with her. I learned to choose my battles. My administrator marked me down on an evaluation because I didn't tell her to sit up during a lesson, but if she wasn't hurting anyone, I didn't call it out. Now I see her as a 3rd grader who has become much more mature-I unconceitedly take partial credit for that. I handled her on her level and gave her what she needed, and it worked.
I just did letters to my parents (for every single child in my class) stating why I am thankful to have them in our class. And I am thankful for all of them, even if they give me gray hair! :)
Just a reminder that every student has different needs and some need more patience and tolerance than others!