Monthly Archives: November 2010

Turn Negatives into Positives


We have all had it happen to us – when we think we have planned a great experience for the students to take part in, and something goes awry, leaving us wondering … where to next? Firstly, don’t let it … Continue reading

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Feelings and Emotional Intensity


Gifted children often need help in learning how to handle their feelings. If they have high levels of emotional intelligence they may have difficulty managing the intensity and complexity of their feelings. Lisa Rivero wrote a really great post on … Continue reading

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Life at the Edge


Many gifted students live life right at the edge – pushing the limits in all directions. This is the type of personality that pushes through to achieve great things, but sometimes also experiences great resistance. If you are the out-going, … Continue reading

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Many, varied and unique …


How well do you cope with changing circumstances? If you find it hard – if you like a comfortable routine with all things in their place, and everything defined just so – then teaching the gifted could be a challenge. … Continue reading

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Kicked while they are down!


For a parent watching a young gifted child come home each day, after their first term at school, unhappy, uninterested, lacking the vitality they had in their pre-school years, is a devastating blow. Then, it is often made worse, when … Continue reading

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Just when you think you know …


Have you ever been caught off guard? You know, the times when you think you have finally nailed a good response for your child, to encourage a more harmonious atmosphere, and they catch you out – yet again! Don’t be … Continue reading

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Education Reform Wordle


Click on this Wordle to see a picture of what real educational reform involves. (Excuse the specific American references). There may be no need to explain why Teachers is the largest word – we must not be afraid to embrace … Continue reading

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Hope for the Future


Momentum certainly started to increase in the attempts to meet the educational needs of gifted students since the changes in the New Zealand National Administration Guideliness in February, 2005. There has been a slowing to some extent, in keeping with … Continue reading

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Gifted is … As Gifted does …


I’d love to hear comments on what people think this saying means. I have seen it mentioned in books and articles I have read, but so far I haven’t come across a clear definition. I have decided it must refer … Continue reading

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First, Best, or Different


My husband has always said this about sales – you need to get to market “first, best or different”. He means, first with a new product to market; making the best version of the product; or making your product identifiably … Continue reading

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Everything … or nothing?


Some days I just get overloaded with everything I seem to want to do. We can fill our lives with so many activities, that we scarcely have time to take a breath and enjoy it! And when push comes to … Continue reading

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Change is in the Air


Do you sometimes just want to do something different. Ever felt like that? Take a different route to school? Cook dinner a different way? Or maybe, expect something to happen in a different way? I thrive on change, but amongst … Continue reading

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Boredom is so last year …


You hear it at home, at school, at your friends’ dinner party… I’m bored! If you have ever stubbed your toe, you know how much it hurts. But, do you go around saying my toe hurts when you haven’t stubbed … Continue reading

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And now to Attitude …


“Yes…some of you might say – their attitudes are the problem. They just don’t try to fit in.” I agree, some gifted students, me included, can sometimes have an attitude that does not easily engender harmony, but we are all … Continue reading

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Thinkersonline is back …


Hmmmm . . . I’m thinking . . . where do you start when you have so much to say? Have you met a disillusioned parent of a gifted child who is not enjoying school? They have every right to … Continue reading

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