GATE Students Counseling Group Mega Minds Gifted Group


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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Mega Minds is a 10 week school counseling small group designed to help GATE and gifted students share their challenges and connect with their strengths. The group focuses on helping gifted and talented students cope with high expectations, perfectionism, labels, bullying, friendships, and more.

*Can be used in conjunction with “The Gifted Kids Survival Guide” by Judy Galbraith or alone.

Group Outline

Week 1: What It Means to Be a GATE Kid

Week 2: Life as a GATE Kid

Week 3: Why am I GATE Kid?

Week 4: GATE Programs. What’s Working & What’s Not

Week 5: Feeling Bored in School

Week 6: Perfectionism

Week 7: Other Worries

Week 8: GATE Social Skills

Week 9: Family Dynamics

Week 10: Brain Power

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 Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms

 Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session

Self Reflection Journal- With writing prompts

Games & Activities: A wide variety of games and activities each week

 Self-Assessments: Pre and post group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!

Activities Include:

  • Multiple Intelligences Quiz
  • Sides of the Room Activity
  • Brain Games (Stroop Effect)
  • Matching Game
  • Partner Brainstorm Activity
  • Self-Esteem Activity
  • “Hangman” Drawing Game
  • Prioritizing Commitments Activity
  • Multiple Intelligences Quiz


Each week students will learn skills they can use at home and school to help them meet challenges and build on strengths. Students will learn how to deal with perfectionism, manage stress, and prioritize commitments. The goal of this group is to help gifted and talented students develop healthy habits with regards to high expectations.

At a minimum, being in this counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop self-esteem through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.


With easy to implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder. For tips on how to organize your small groups, check out this blog post I wrote. The self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, parents, or in your program report.

Also make sure to track your data and compile it in an end of the year report. Here is an outline I created to make it easy!

Who is this Group Designed For?

“Mega Minds” is designed for small groups of GATE identified students grades 4-7. It can also be modified to work for other grades and individual lessons.


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Resiliency Self-Assessment

⁕ Goal Setting and Motivation Group

⁕ Stress Group

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