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Inside the Classroom, Outside the box

Autonomous Learning: Inside the Classroom, Outside the Box One of These Things is Not Like the Other If there’s one thing that popcorn shirts taught us, it is that one size does not fit all. If it did, there wouldn’t be child or queen-sized popcorn shirts. But I digress. A classroom full of gifted students [...]

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Improving Verbal Skills for Children from Low S.E.S. Backgrounds

Improving Verbal skills: Bridging the Verbal Gap Finding the Right Words Blind and deaf since the age of 19 months, Helen Keller grew up and became the first deafblind woman to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Although she had already begun communicating with her family with simple signs by age seven, she was only [...]

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Twice Exceptional Learners

Twice Exceptional Learners A Lesson on the Potential of Twice Exceptional Learners from Sir Richard Branson Billion-dollar business tycoon, Sir Richard Branson, is one of the most innovative entrepreneurial thinkers of our time. As a life-long sufferer of dyslexia, he’s also a perfect example of the greatness our twice exceptional (2E) students can achieve.   [...]

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The true face of the multi-exceptional student

The true face of the multi-exceptional student Removing the Masks of Multi-Exceptionalities Pushing, fighting, scrabbling, reaching… I can’t breathe… I can’t escape! That sounds like a scene from the latest thriller to hit movie theaters, but it’s not! That’s what it’s like inside the mind of a multi-exceptional student. I have a special treat in [...]

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Understanding young gifted children with advanced abilities

Understanding young gifted children with advanced abilities That’s Not Fair! If I’ve heard it once, I’ve probably heard it a hundred times; “That’s not fair!” And how do grown-ups overwhelmingly respond? “Life’s not fair.” We tell them that because cries for fairness often seem like the ravings of a petulant child demanding their way. But, [...]

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Emphasizing academics alongside social and emotional awareness in the gifted classroom

Emphasizing academics alongside social and emotional awareness in the gifted classroom A False Dichotomy Do you remember The Nutty Professor? Not the 1996 Eddie Murphy version, I mean the original 1963 Jerry Lewis classic. It’s pretty funny to watch a master of comedy at work in his prime, but more importantly I think the movie [...]

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Texas Teachers Defeat Professional Development Procrastination

Texas Teachers Defeat Professional Development Procrastination in Four Simple Steps The 6-hour update One of my most vivid school-related memories as a child is from the fourth grade. I wasn’t a huge fan of science. Rather than working on a science fair project over the course of the month we were given to prepare, I [...]

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We are Living in a Technological World: Using Technology to Differentiate Gifted Students

We are Living in a Technological World Using Technology to Differentiate Gifted Students In 1985 Madonna boldly sang that we were “living in a material world”. So much has changed in 30 years. Yes, as Americans we still love our stuff, but the one characteristic that defines this generation isn’t materialism it’s technology. If I’m [...]

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Motivation and Achievement: Helping G/T students reach their full potential

Motivation and Underachievement: Helping G/T students reach their full potential In the first grade, Sam typifies a gifted student in many ways. He’s creative, has an incredible memory, is hungry to learn new things, and is reading at a third grade level. There’s just one problem; Sam has zero interest in writing in his journal. [...]

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Working to unlock the giftedness of visual spatial learners

Can you see what I’m saying? Working to unlock the giftedness of visual spatial learners I have such fond memories of reading Fred Gwynne’s children’s books to my kids when they were young. His classic books like, “The King Who Rained” (1988) and “Chocolate Moose for Dinner” (1988), offer delightful illustrations chronicling the mental images [...]

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