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March 16th, 2011
News from Thinking Ahead

Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA
  Dont miss the chance to have your own copy of Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA
Get your copy now. 
 The new edition of this book is 150 pages in handy A5 size and is packed full of information. It includes current information on programs and competitions plus a vast new collection of websites, useful readings and links to other serivices and resources. Entries are coded to make it easy to find what you are looking for.  
To find out more or order your copy go to the website 

Coaching for this excellent program starts next week on Tuesday 22nd March.  New students as well as those who are familiar with the program are welcome. The Registration form and more information can be found on the website

9 April 2011

This above level Talent Search test will be offered again this year for gifted students in Year 4, 5 or 6 at test sites in South Perth, Geraldton and Albany. Register by 5pm on 25th March. 

Tutor Bank
The details of those poeple who have contacted me have now been added to the website. 

 Feedback from parents about their experience with tutors is welcome.

Holiday Programs
The next holiday workshop program will be held in July. Please check the website closer to the date for more details

Other News
Harry P and the Professors
  returns to WA 15 - 17th April in Jarrahdale. Thinking  Ahead subscribers qualify for a discount on this camp.

Conferences and Seminars
Howard Gardner
will be in Perth on Monday 23rdMay 2011 with a seminar titled “The Disciplined Mind: Educational Visions for the Future”.
To book contact ACER or call them on 03 9277 5403 

Get it Together for Young Children
4 - 7 May, 2011
International conference to be held at Bond University, Queensland

Excellence in Education 2011: Giftedness, Creativity, Development
6 - July 2011 in Istambul, Turkey
organised by the International Centre for Innovation in Education

World Gifted Conference
now to be held in Prague
August 8 - 12, 2011

The 2nd conference of IRATDE, the
International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence
26-30 November in Saudi Arabia


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March 2011
Hi Valued Customer,
Welcome to the March newsletter, the second in the new format. Hopefully some of the bugs that showed up with the first have been sorted out now.

Term 1 is now well under way, routines are becoming established and the weather is finally showing signs of cooling down. No sooner was the Back to School merchandise out of the shops than Easter eggs started appearing.......... it certainly makes the year feel like it is passing quickly.
What's coming up?
There are a few things happening this term which are mentioned below . I am also working on a new look website for Thinking Ahead which I hope will be ready before too long. 

Future Problem Solving
Future Problem Solving is an international program that focusses on the development of creative thinking skills and aims to give students the skills to design and promote positive futures for the society in which they live.

Coaching sessions for students in Years 5 – 9 will start next week on 22nd March. Sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons in the library at Nedlands Primary school from 4.15 until 5.30pm (although the first 2 session will be at Tresillian while some building work is finished off at the school). This is a great chance for gifted students to work with like minds researching and putting skills they learn to use on big issue topics. This year's topics include Healthy Living, Air Transport, Genetic Testing and Water Quality.

More information and registration forms can be found on the website . Please register early (or at least email us if you cant make it the first week) so we can make appropriate arrangements based on the number of students.

The EXPLORE exam is an above level test for gifted students in Years 4, 5 and 6 which provides an opportunity for gifted students to stretch their wings. By raising the ceiling students parents and teachers can all gain valuable insights into a child’s capabilities.

Testing this year will be held on April 9th and test centres in South Perth, Geraldton and Albany. More information about the test can be found on the website.

Cost is $97 and registrations close at 5pm on 25thMarch (or sooner if all places are allocated prior). Check the FAQ's for more information about this test which is used as a Talent Search opportunity in many places in the USA.

From the Blog
I am planning on posting once or twice a week this year and have recently added a Sign Up box on the blog which means you can sign up to receive blog updates via email (this is a separate sign up to the Mailing list on the Thinking Ahead home page).

Recent Posts
Why test above level?
When we have to repeat a task……..
The power of connection
Mind the Gaps
If somethign doesn't feel right 

You can read these and previous posts here.

What's New in the Download section?
Not a lot of new additions this month but you may be interested to read
Young Gifted Girls and Boys: Perspectives through the lens of gender by Libby Lee from Murdoch University. This article looks at seven conceptions of giftedness drawn from interview with teachers who had nominated a young child for enrichment and how the lens of gender influences their views of giftedness.

Harry P and the Professors camp
This popular camp returns to WA from April 15 – 17th this year. Registrations are welcome from 7 – 12 year olds (parents also welcome) and there is an all new program for this camp, as well as a new location at Jarrahdale. Some places still remain so please register early. Remember to claim your discount as a Thinking Ahead subscriber. Find out more and register from the website, or email Helen at Australian Gifted Support with queries.

Caring for Others
Gifted children often feel deeply about disasters such as the recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan and the resulting tsunami there. I read an excellent piece of advice somewhere in the last few days which you may find helpful if you have a highly sensitive child who finds it distressing. It reminded us to 'look for the helpers', in the event of disasters, and to remember there are always people who reach out to others. This can help redirect thinking to look for the positives amongst what is almost unimaginable destruction.

Many gifted children as well as adults feel the need to do something, to help in some way. This morning I heard from the mum of a young girl whose familiy I have met through Thinking Ahead.  Her 8 year old daughter has set up a fundraising event for Japanese Disaster Relief via the Save the Children Fund and is busy baking in preparation for hosting a tea party next week to raise money. She has set up a donation page with First Giving and would welcome any contribution you may be able to make. 

Links and Reading
As usual you will find a  selection of links and things to read below which I have come across over the last month.

 You will find new information is added regularly to the Thinking Ahead website so be sure to check there regularly too.

All the best for this term and I will look forward to any feedback on the newsletter, or things you woudl like to see covered on the blog.


Derrin Cramer
 Links to information you might find of interestTA Globe only 2

Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student   This is an excellent resource weaving together a collection of essays from parents, information from school administrators and research from some of the top experts world wide. Parents, teachers, principals, counselors, and psychologists will all benefit from reading this book.

Bother me I'm Thinking by Jonathon Lehrer
An article about the benefits of not paying attention
11 lists of characteristics of gifted students from Byrdseed Gifted

Clifford Stoll on Everything
A very entertaining TED talk by Clifford Stoll covering a vast range of topics. He comments that “Once I do something, I want to do something else”, which may sound familiar to parents of gifted children with rapidly changing interests. He also shares an alternative view of  the value of technology in schools.  You can also read more about Clifford and his wide ranging background.

The Trouble with Bright Girls
While acknowledging the gender gap in pay and professional opportunities, this article looks to addressing the challenges within and the way that girls and women judge their own abilities. Let

Let Kids Rule School  
This piece in the NY TImes looks at a situation where eight teens, including two who were on the point of dropping out, were given the chance to create their own curriculum with surprising results.

Gifted Press Quarterly magazine are offering a  complimentary copy of the latest magazine. Simply email them for your copy. 

The Book Chook website has ideas and resources for children’s learning, literacy and literature. This article about the value of picture books for all ages, not just young children may be of interest.   Also follow the link on the navigation bar to the Bag of Tricks for some fun ideas.  

This book includes writing prompts that are entirely impersonal but engaging, both for kids and adults. It is called 'Unjournalling' because some children simply don’t want to share their thoughts or private lives with others in a class setting. Two examples from the book include
  • Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with a dot (in other words, no i or j).
  • Why on earth would Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it "macaroni"? Come up with a plausible explanation.
Storytime for Kids 
This is a free online library of books for kids and also includes information about storytelling in the internet age.

General Learning
Scholarly Behaviour
This page lists some excellent attributes to encourage in children, along with some phrasing and Key Words for framing questions.

Science and Maths
Decorating for the budding Science or Maths enthusiast - here are some ideas from A Painted House a blog written by a mum who shares some maths and science focussed canvases she and her son painted for his room, including a periodic table and long multiplication.

Check out the information about University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize for 2011

Google Science Fair
Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. Watch a short video, find out nmore and sign up at the website
 Watcvh a short videopWatch a
A blog about Helping Laptop programs work 

10 ways Technology supports 21st Century Learners in Being Self Directed.

And of course make sure you have a copy of Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA  for plenty of other links to articles, websites and opportunities.

The website is updated regularly so please check out
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