Ways that Gifted Students Learn Differenly From Their Peers

Matthew Lynch wrote a blog for Education Week on June 13, 2016 titled, "5 Ways Gifted Students Learn Differently." His message conveys that it is critical for educators to understand how gifted students learn differently from their peers in order to provide successful learning experiences. Please follow the link below to read Lynch's article.


Source: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/education_f...

Fun with Storytelling, Puppets, and Mensa Kids

By Dr. Jenelle S. Miller

The National Mensa Annual Gathering was held in San Diego at the beginning of July 2016. The gathering hosted numerous programs and special events for members of Mensa and their guests. To qualify for Mensa, you must have scored in the top 2 percent of the general population on any one of more than 200 accepted, standardized intelligence tests — including Mensa administered admission tests — at any point in your life.

I had the unique pleasure of attending this gathering to assist with the children’s program which consisted of about 60 Mensa students between the ages of 4 and 12. In between a couple of science sessions, I engaged the children in a unique story that has been a part of my family since my father was a little boy. As you will see in the photo taken during the event, I became a storyteller and performed the Tajar Tales with puppets. Back in 1993 my artist sister, Jill Kerry, and I republished this whimsical tale written by Jane Shaw Ward in the 1920s; and then created the puppets, plush Tajar dolls, and an audio CD to develop a complete "story kit." I often use the story kit as an example during my "Student Publisher's Workshop" where I teach children how to collaborate together to write, illustrate, and narrate stories as well as make puppets and perform puppet shows. My sister and I are both big fans of including the Arts in education.

Source: https://www.mensa.org/

Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day. Click on the title link to find out why Pi Day is special.

Here are a few other links for Pi Day activities from MAKE:

Celebrate Raspberry Pi’s Fourth Birthday with These 5 Pi Projects

How Far Can You Memorize Pi? Show Off Your Skills with These Memory Tricks

From other sources:

Learn about Pi Day

How to Celebrate Pi Day

Enjoy your Pi Day exploration and activities!




California Association of Gifted Conference

This afternoon I returned from the 54th Annual California Association of Gifted (CAG) Conference that was held in Palm Springs over the weekend (Feb 26-28) at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. It was wonderful to meet the Board members and about 1,200 administrators, teachers, and parents who attended the conference. I also met Dr. Sandra Kaplan, who is the Education Committee Chair and Past President of CAG, and is a national expert in the field of gifted education.

Over the three days, I attended several informative sessions:

Friday was the Parents' Pre-Conference Workshop which had sessions on Advocacy, Curriculum and Instruction, and Social and Emotional. The purpose of these workshops was to provide parents with information that would help them parent their gifted children by understanding the common traits of gifted children and by learning practical strategies for parenting. In addition, support was given to parents as advocates in the classroom, school, and district so that they could ensure their children receive appropriate challenges commensurate with their abilities.

Saturday I listened to a panel of district administrators discuss how the new political legislation will be influencing gifted education in their districts in 2016 and beyond. I also attended a couple of sessions that addressed some of the issues and strategies of working with of Twice Exceptional (2E) children who are identified as gifted but also have one or more learning disabilities. This session provided a deeper understanding of how asynchronous development (where one skill or gift develops in an accelerated way, but another skill or gift is underdeveloped) affects gifted students.

Sunday's session brought in guest speaker, Dr. Dana Backman, from NASA who presented "SOFIA," NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. What a fabulous session! I learned so much about new discoveries made by astronomers using SOFIA. Wow! Then, the last session of the day for me was another NASA science presentation by Bob Barboza, STEM Director. His presentation was titled, "NASA Needs Your Help: Inventing, Designing, and Building." The idea is for students to provide "ideas and prototypes for Mars colonies, space suites, rockets, satellites, science and engineering centers, antennas, batteries, space food, ion engines, robots and ideas for Martian soil gardening" (as stated in the CAG conference presentation summary). I saw a new humanoid robot and an incredible new high-tech instrument for producing beautiful music, even if you cannot play an instrument or read music. New technology - WOW! I want to be a part of it.

Securing an Appropriate Education for your 2E Student

I found a great article today that I would like to share with you. The article was written by Mark Woodsmall, Esq. to assist 2E families in pursuing and obtaining an appropriate education for your children. Please follow the link below:

Source: http://www.woodsmalllawgroup.com/securing-...