Why There are Too Few Kids of Color in Gifted Programs

Children of color are underrepresented The data is clear: children of color are underrepresented in gifted programs nationwide, even when we account for socio-economic differences. I read an article about the pervasively pale nature of gifted programs. Let’s speak what it is: racism. The article focused on one young woman

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Be Careful with People’s Time

It’s important to be careful with people’s time. Do people waste your time? I don’t just mean time spent waiting for your check at a restaurant, although that’s part of it. I’m mostly talking about a lack of respect for the idea that when people give you their time, they’re giving

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Stop Using Multiple Intelligence Theory in the Classroom

Multiple  Intelligence Theory has little or no place in the classroom, and teachers should stop using multiple intelligence theory and avoid inventories that purport to tell learners what “type” of learner they are. Now that I’ve made all the hair on your neck stand up, please allow me to explain. The legend

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5 Tips for Beating the Second Semester Blues

The first semester is over and students are in the second semester doldrums. For GT kids, this can be a hard time of year. How can parents and teachers help them put some wind in their educational sails and avoid the second semester blues? The secret is punctuation. Rather than

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Getting the Most Out of Professional Development

When I spoke at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Annual Conference in 2010,  it was a thought-provoking experience. The most powerful part for me was the keynote by  Jim Delisle. He’s best known for his many books on parenting (and being) gifted kids, but this keynote address

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Gifted Guru Book Club The Genius in All of Us cover of book and bitmoji of Lisa Van Gemert

The Genius in All of Us: Book Review

My best friend recommended a book to me called The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong by David Shenk. I was prepared to be oppositionally defiant. After all, my professional reason for being is making the world safe for

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