Your Child is NOT the Center of the Universe

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This may come as a surprise, but your child is not the center of the universe. Your child, is, in fact, not even special. I’m ducking right now, but please, hear me out. Special means “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.”  If everyone feels this way about their child, it is impossible […]

Differentiation Class Poster – Free Download

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Differentiated instruction is the key to appropriately serving all students, and it’s essential to explain the ways that will manifest itself in the classroom.  You must share with parents and students that this class will be different in the way that students work.  This sets the expectation from the beginning, prevents contention and decreases resistance. […]

Adaptive Giftedness & the Power of Connection

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Want to try something really daunting?  Raise a bunch of kids who are smarter than you are. Been there… Is your child’s magical power an atypical mind? This is great, but it comes with its own set of issues and fears. We don’t have every answer to the question, “How do you parent these kids?,” […]

Life as an Art Teacher: Positive Deviancy in Action

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I’m a big believer in positive deviancy.  This is the idea that you can be different from others in a positive way, as described by Atul Gawande in his book  Better. Recently, I was facilitating some training and the teachers had “homework” to incorporate the ideas of positive deviancy in their teaching practice. If you’re […]

Do You Know These Tech Tools?

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Tech tools make learning {and lesson preparation} more fun, and often more interesting. Do you know these favorite tech tools of mine? 1. Classtools for QR Code Scavenger Hunts QR codes can be spectacularly fun in class, and Classtools has a particularly cool trick for teachers.  Just type in a series of questions, and it will […]

8 Essential Tips & Resources for Educators of Gifted Kids

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Educators need specific resources and strategies for teaching gifted kids, and I could (and do) spend days and days on helping them find those resources an develop those strategies. (See my Speaking page for more on that). This post came about when I received an email from a reader who wrote in part: Dear Lisa, I […]

Great Free Summer Activities for Kids

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What parent isn’t looking for free, terrific summer activities for kids?  And who better than the Mensa Foundation to come up with brain-tastic ideas? (In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the Mensa Foundation and created this.  That’s okay, right?) If you’re looking for totally awesome things to do with kids this summer, […]

Creating Creative Children

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We’ve long believed you’re either creative or you’re not, but that’s simply not true.  Encouraging children’s creativity (which often means preventing the world from driving it out of them) is as crucial as their cognitive development. I wrote an article for the Mensa Bulletin on this, and you are welcome to read it here. I […]