Gifted News & Resources: Feb. 1, 2014

gifted news and info banner w650 h700 Gifted News & Resources: Feb. 1, 2014 Each week we round up and highlight various articles, blog posts and links relating to or of interest to gifted children and/or education. Some of these may pertain to a specific region, others will be on a national or international level.

We hope you find value in each of them. Please let us know of any relevant articles/blog posts you find by contacting us.

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Articles/News/Blog Posts/Opinions

How to Unleash the Uncreative Children

via Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension (Twitter: @PernilleRipp)

I ask students to come up with whatever type of project they want and they go into a slight panic, not quite sure where to go with that much choice.  Or tell them to write a story about anything they want and some of them are so stuck in a writers block that they actually sit there frozen, never even lifting their pencils.  So what can be done with those kids that are stuck in a panic battled with creativity?  How can we unleash their potential?

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Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

via MindShift (Twitter: @MindShiftKQED)

From Jackie Gerstein’s resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we’d like to instill in our students

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Schooling for gifted children to be reduced to 6 years from 12

via Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

Do you have a child prodigy at home, who studies in a public school and is excellent in academics? If so, there is every possibility that the child will complete his or her education much faster than what it would take in the normal course of time, with the Ministry of Education seriously considering limiting the years of study for gifted children.

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All Children Are Gifts… but Not All Children Are Gifted

via Raising Lifelong Learners (Twitter: @ColleenKessler)

And the one that always makes me lose my temper…

‘All children are gifted; some just show their gifts earlier than others.’

So, here’s the thing… the term gifted can raise the hackles of many people — homeschooling or not. I’ve dealt with it as both a teacher of gifted kids and as a parent of gifted kids. Heck, I dealt with it as a gifted kid growing up.

Gifted programs are seen as elitist. As exclusive. And, when parents talk about their gifted kids to other parents, they are told they are bragging or that they’re acting superior.

They’re not.

It’s the term.

Gifted.

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Guiding the gifted through difficult times: James Webb’s, “Searching for Meaning”

via Gifted Challenges

We know that gifted, high ability individuals have intellectual skills well above the norm. We know that they often possess overexcitabilities and heightened sensitivities. But disillusionment and existential depression?

Clinical psychologist, professor, author, and founder of SENG, Dr. James Webb vividly captures the difficult journey many gifted individuals traverse in his most recent book, “Searching for meaning: Idealism, bright minds, disillusionment and hope.”

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Brooklyn school cutting gifted program to boost diversity

via NY Daily News

A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity.

Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.

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More Than Outside the Box

via Venspired (Twitter: @Venspired)

After I created this poster, I thought, gee, that poster is overwhelming visually. So many details, crowded together, in so many different styles. Then I realized. It’s finished. This? It represents to me what gifted is. I was trained just like everyone else as a teacher, I got the one paragraph in my undergraduate program in my “Exceptional Child” class, that the professor skimmed over. We never even discussed it. The lack of understanding? It starts right there. A lack of education, professional development, and time spent even exploring it.

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A Study in Hope: BBC Sherlock, Parents, & Gifted/2E Kids

via Red, White & Grew™ (Twitter: @redwhiteandgrew)

Through my work with families of gifted kids–including my current book research, I’ve noticed two trends of late involving BBC shows that air on PBS here in the states:

  1. The gifted kids are hung up on Doctor Who, most likely because the title character has a joie de vivre and curiosity that seems familiar to them.
  2. Their parents are swoony for Sherlock.

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Resources

Build with Chrome

A virtual Lego playground that gives you access to all sorts of pieces for building online. (read more about it at CNET)

Pretty Brainy –  Girls in STEM + STEAM Learning

(h/t Julie Altmark – Twitter @jaltmark )

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts

via Scholastic

LEGO bricks are awesome for part-part-total explorations! As with other popular part-part-total math manipulatives such as dominoes or dice, these bricks have clearly marked chits (on LEGO we call them studs) for students to count. The studs are often grouped in twos, which facilitate counting by twos rather than counting the studs individually. With practice, students will recognize arrangements of studs, and will not need to count them at all (subitizing). [more]

Summer Academy at UGA registration opens on February 10, 2014

Summer Academy at UGA is an exciting series of specialty summer camps for middle school and high school students who want to do amazing things. Whether you dream about becoming a film director, doctor, scientist or artist, we have a summer camp just right for you! [more]

Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Perdue

Registration for 2014 summer programs opens February 1, 2014 (download brochure here; learn more about Perdue here)

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