Author Archives: Debbie Smith

About Debbie Smith

New Zealand Educator interested in online education, giftedness, and other special needs in education.

The Course


These have to be the most insightful words I have seen written about educating children in the last two centuries! Thanks for sharing them, Dave. The Course.

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We Have Shifted …


I have finally migrated my Thinkers Online Blog to my personal website http://www.debbie.co.nz I will leave this one here for a while so that everyone finds their way. Thanks for all your feedback and comments. I have also set up … Continue reading

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The Sweetest Sweetcorn


For those who don’t know, I am in Samoa with my creative-gifted husband, working on raising the tourism dollar post-tsunami. Another entry to my weekly update for folks back in New Zealand, this week, involved much about giftedness – repeated … Continue reading

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Intense kids … Intense adults


This is a special blog post as part of the NPGC Blog Tour. National Parenting Gifted Children Week is hosted by SENG(Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted).Please follow the Blog Tour! Download SENG’s free NPGC Week ebook, The Joy and … Continue reading

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Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand


This week coming New Zealand is hosting its annual Gifted Awareness Week – a time when we hope to reach more eyes and ears in an effort to alert the general population to this special group of people in our … Continue reading

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One Space – Free Online Learning Courses for Single Parents


One Space is a popular UK social networking site for single parents from Single Parent Action Network (SPAN). It launched a series of free online learning courses recently. The online learning courses help to up-skill single parents in current work … Continue reading

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Knowing who you are helps


I have spoken about this before – but I have just read “Belinda Seiger’s revelation to herself” and she puts it very succinctly. If we are intense people, it pays for us to realise that BEFORE we scare all our … Continue reading

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How to be alone … and enjoy it


Just a snippet here as I start to get myself out of the last two months of online ‘alone-ness’ – endured while I packed up myself, my house and all my worldly goods, to immigrate to the lovely South Pacific … Continue reading

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“Find Your Great Work” Movie – by Michael Bungay Stanier


Following on from yesterday, watch this Find Your Great Work Movie – by Michael Bungay Stanier. Michael challenges us with five ways to find our great work: Things only get really interesting when you take full responsibility for the choices … Continue reading

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The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding – by Michael Bungay Stanier


This got me thinking – it was just an interlude that started to challenge my ‘procrastinating’ personality. Watch the short video – The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding – by Michael Bungay Stanier and ask yourself if the .75 question … Continue reading

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Prisoners Of Time


Sometimes, when you read something, you can believe it is just what people need to hear – until you look at the date and you wonder – Haven’t they heard this already? This happened to me during my Christmas reading, … Continue reading

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How can we empathise, if we have never known?


There have been many tragedies around the world in recent years – tsunamis, bombings, floods, droughts, eruptions and earthquakes. There is a tendency to hear, to sympathise, to help if we can, and then to “forget” and get on with … Continue reading

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A Kid With Passion – All Grown Up!!


Passion excites people – and what could be more exciting than  breaking a world record for the Guinness Book of Records? Note from Self – My own daughter did this just last year when she was the 27th, I think, … Continue reading

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Refocusing Thinkersonline in 2011


This blog was born out of a desire to reach gifted students and their families and teachers in the “way” of the future – online. I believe that in a world of such fast pace now, we often don’t look … Continue reading

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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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