Category Archives: Gifted

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. Advertisements

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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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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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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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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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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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