Monthly Archives: December 2010

Merry Christmas


Well, unlike years gone by, I am up and away for a Christmas in the tropics (Auckland has given us a very humid 28C over the last couple of days just to prime me up) – 31C where I am … Continue reading

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Notoriety comorbid with giftedness


With all the current discussion about Wikileaks, no matter how you view Julian Assange and his team, you have to credit them with some level of intelligence to be able to get their hands on the documents in the first … Continue reading

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Bursting the “Bubble Dome”


I have just been drawn back to the amazing work of the team at “Bubble Dome” – a NZ-based company started by Rebecca Merle, with whom I had the pleasure of working with some years back. I can truly say … Continue reading

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Free Online Tutoring


I have just had my attention drawn to these two wonderfully simple sites providing some great video tutoring in maths and science, among other topics, either as a supplement for studying school topics, or as a resource for home schoolers. … Continue reading

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Informal Learning


I watched some videos by Jay Cross and Peter Casebow recently on the value and extent of informal learning. “What is informal learning?” I hear some of you ask. The opposite of formal learning – surely? Informal learning is not … Continue reading

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Unproductive … I’ll say!


Some gifted students never really get anything of consequence done at school. They drift through the system seemingly unable to produce anything of quality. This should not deter you, their teacher, parent, or mentor, from searching for their potential. Procrastination … Continue reading

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Stress – is it distress or eustress?


Have you ever thought stress could be good for you? We generally think of stress as that extra tension on us which causes us to worry or become anxious about a situation. This is distress. There is another form of … Continue reading

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The Gifted Education Centre Documentary


I saw a preview tonight of an excellent documentary explaining gifted learners and the various needs for their education. It was good to see some of our stalwarts in gifted education in New Zealand there enjoying the results of a … Continue reading

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Responsibility for our Actions


It is natural for us to expect students to be responsible for their actions, but have you ever found yourself criticising a student’s work on one of your ‘bad days’? Admit it – we are not all saints, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Learning Quests for Gifted Students


Here is a link to the books I have written for teachers to use within their regular classrooms, to help broaden inquiry learning topics for their gifted students. See them at the Essential Resources website, or at your local teacher … Continue reading

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Questioning … the art of encouraging thinking


Often teachers feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to meet the needs of all the different students in their classroom. They think they have to have 26 different plans – one for each child in the class. I don’t … Continue reading

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One step at a time


There is no way you will be able to meet the needs of all new students in your classroom in the first few weeks of school. But, what you can do, to gain the confidence of the gifted child and … Continue reading

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