Read Ahead Contracts

read ahead contracts

Reading is one of the great joys of life, yet for gifted children, reading can become a tedious exercise, fraught with difficulty and frustration. This happens when they are forced to follow along in class while others read aloud.  You know how you feel when you’re stuck in traffic and your car wants to go […]

6 Reasons Not to Give IQ Tests to Young Children


The reasons not to give IQ tests to young children are compelling.  As the Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa®, I receive inquiries every day (sometimes with accompanying videos) from parents (and grandparents) wanting to know how to get a young child tested. Mensa allows youth fourteen and over to take the Mensa Admissions Test, […]

24 Awesome Free Resources for Readers


Readers are always on the lookout for great resources to feed their reading habit.  Here is a list of 24 awesome free resources for readers I compiled for Read Across America Day that we tweeted out from Mensa. 1. Find books for kids recommended by kids at Mensa’s Pinterest page for its young reviewers’ five […]

6 Insider Tips for Work/Life Balance for Educators

6 insider tips

Finding work/life balance is so difficult and such a common problem that it’s almost silly to even attempt to add to the discussion. Yet I’m going to try because I care deeply about so many educators, both classroom teachers and homeschooling parents, who struggle with it. Several of my former students have become teachers, which […]

Celebrate Dan: Remember. Rejoice. Reach out.


Daniel Regalado was a Renaissance man.  A loving father and husband. A gifted photographer. A talented and caring teacher. A connoisseur of Lego.  A dreamer of dreams. A nice guy. My friend. This summer, Daniel died as a result of a brain aneurysm. I like to think that there were so many creative ideas going off […]

Kinesthetics in the Classroom

kinesthetics in the classroom

Everyone is a kinesthetic learner.  Teachers need to get students moving in class to get students learning in class and out of it.  Everyone knows that, right? Yet often it can be tricky to know just how to infuse that into a classroom. Here’s the slidedeck that accompanies my session on using kinesthetics in the […]

Your Child is NOT the Center of the Universe

center of the universe

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

differentiation class poster

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

adaptive giftedness

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

Life as an Art Teacher -fi

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 […]