Summer Challenges

Even though my big kick right now is internal motivation, I know that some kids really like to set goals, achieve them, and then have proof that they did. If you’re looking for ideas of things to do to challenge kids over the summer, this list is for you. I’ll

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Summer Reading Extravaganza!

Everyone knows that summer means summer reading programs at libraries, but there are other reading programs available that your kids may enjoy. Remember that you can double dip and earn prizes for the same books/time spent, creating a lucrative literary summer! – Be sure to check out the Mensa Foundation’s

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Giving and the Gifted

Getting gifted kids involved in giving to charitable organizations and serving in those organizations is key to meeting their social and emotional needs. Why Giving is Important for Gifted Kids One of the hallmarks of gifted children is an early, intense social conscience. This is often neglected and allowed to

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Celebrating Strengths in Gifted Children

I’m a fan of celebrating strengths, and I’d love to tell you why. I learned a lot about it from a shell. It may sound odd to take advice from a shell on celebrating strengths, yet one of the things that strikes me as a problem is the difficulty people

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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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How Not to Waste People’s Time

Being careful with people’s time is an underappreciated skill. I’ve got a tip for how not to waste people’s time. As teachers, we are in a unique position to be stewards of the time we have our students. If you’re working with gifted students, not using time wisely can cause

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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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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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