Parents of gifted kids often struggle with how to make school work for their kids. This is doubly so for parents of twice-exceptional kids or kids who are highly or profoundly gifted. Support groups for parents of challenging gifted children are full of stories of changing schools to improve things for students after advocacy efforts have … Continue reading School for the Gifted: Looking for Extra Challenge
Many exceptionally gifted children have trouble sleeping at night because their minds do not shut off enough for sleep to come. D.V. Lovecky, "Hidden gifted learner: The exceptionally gifted child" Parents of gifted kids often realize in retrospect that the sleep challenges their kids faced as infants and toddlers were the earliest signs of their … Continue reading Do You Rest?
For some people, thinking about summer fun triggers images of sitting quietly, absorbing warmth, watching the world go by, resting, and contemplating. For others, splashing by the water's edge, swimming, and skipping stones. For me, summer is a chance to go outside and explore the world. Swimming and barbecues are secondary pleasures. Many of my … Continue reading That One Time at Band Camp….
Student: Do I have what it takes to be a professional? Teacher: No. Observer: Why crush the student's spirits now? Teacher: If the student believes me and gives up, then she doesn't have what it takes. To be a pro in this business, you have to take a comment like that as a spur to … Continue reading Resiliency: On Bouncing Back from Criticism
At dinner last night, one of my 5-year old sons asked why the world is like it is. He does not travel lightly on the earth as some of his age-mates do. Everything he sees or touches matters deeply to him. Everything he understands yields more questions. Always into a deeper excavation of the underlying … Continue reading Dancing With Life’s Big Questions
I read somewhere that the only enrichment that gifted kids truly need is paper and implements to write or draw with. I don't really believe that, but it is a great beginning. At my house, we have lots of toys, too many toys: computers, video game systems, Legos, blocks, dolls, costumes, and more. If given … Continue reading Never Throw Away a Cardboard Box
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. … Continue reading Tender Hearts: The Gift of Emotional Sensitivity
New beginnings. 2013 is full of them for me: new classes I am teaching; new writing commitments; new trainings to lead more workshops; and a new business. And all of them stem from big visions I have. And the trouble with a big vision is that it can be hard to keep hold of the … Continue reading Begin With a Single Step
Today, I accompanied my eldest child and his class of gifted 4th graders on a field trip to the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Lightbox is the home of the Toronto International Film Festival. As part of their year-round programming, they offer opportunities for kids to learn how to make films. The gifted classes at my … Continue reading The Joy of Completing a Challenge
I have always has trouble with gratitude as an abstract concept, and with gratitude journals as a practice. My intellectual overexcitabilities often manifest as a need for tight linguistic precision. The word gratitude means a feeling of being grateful. Being grateful means an appreciation of a kindness or a benefit received. Receipt of a kindness … Continue reading Grappling With Gratitude