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What is intelligence anyway? An article by Isaac Asimov exploring the idea of intelligence and the difference between intelligent and smart. He suggests 'intelligence is a function of the society I live in"
Is it 'If kids do well in school they will be happy' or 'If kids are happy they will do well in school' - find out what what neuroscience and psychology are discovering
Finding Creativity on IQ Tests - One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don't measure creativity. But is this true? Surely creativity involves thoughtful reasoning, divergent production, pattern detection, learning, and other skills tapped into by IQ tests.
Multipotentiality: A blessing or a curse? - when high ability leads to too many options - this article asks if those experiencing multipotentiality might not have found their limits and wonders if a person is equally good at everything it might mean they have not been challenged at a level to show relative passions and aptitudes.
Let the Gifted Fly One fundamental myth of gifted education is "you can't put all the smart kids together, because the less-smart need the smarties around to challenge the others". Does the presence of smarter kids help the middle of the Bell Curve do better?
Trial and Error and the ‘God’ Complex What’s the best way to educate kids? The search for the answer to this question only leads to more questions. Human beings are complicated. There is no one mass answer to this question. There is only a mass of answers. This blog post also dips into the concept of why we spend so much time focussing on disability and uses the example of dyslexia (suggesting schools typically treat dyslexic kids as if they’re broken). It notes that schools have effectively decided that there is one right way to be, and all kids— no matter how complicated human beings are—must be standardized to fit into that mould.)
The power of expectation on achievement levels
Watch out for gifted people - blog about chess, resilience and what we learn from challenge
Strange advice for parents of bright kids
Does online learning make the grade?
Increase Your Intelligence This article looks at ways to maximize your cognitive potential and finds the five primary principles are:
1. Seek Novelty
2. Challenge Yourself
3. Think Creatively
4. Do Things the Hard Way
Academic Talent Development and the Equity Issue in Gifted Education - article by Francoys Gagne which appears in the latest IRATDE journal with 32 responses to his article. This article looks at the source of inequity and representation of minority groups.
If Dr Suess had a gifted child - a humourous poem
Succeeding in school - A change in perspective could be all it takes to succeed in school - Study finds stress boosts performance for confident students, but holds back those with more anxiety
Social emotional learning is education’s missing piece
StarJump webinar series - Co-existing Conditions - A deeper look at typical underlying conditions that affect Visual Spatial Learners incluyding Autism spectrum, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorders. 31 August 7.30 - 8.30PM Eastern Time $30. Run by Australian Gifted Support
The Man of Numbers: How Fibonacci Changed the World What Medieval mathematics have to do with remix culture, publishing entrepreneurship, and gamification. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/07/21/the-man-of-numbers-keith-devlin-fibonacci/
The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine. Looks at epidemic rates of emotional problems amongst privileged children, more than any other socio economic group
Doing School: How We are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students by Denise Pope
Attention and Working Memory
Attention disorders and gifted students: What do we really know?
Working memory training - evidence based program for improved attention from Cogmed
Working memory articles and summary from Australian Gifted Support
Dyslexie - a font designed by a dyslexic typographer for people with dyslexia (web page displayed using the font) and for those who want to read it in a regular typeface you can see it here
Educational iPad platform offers interactive field trip tasks and feedback, from Singapore
iPad apps to support Blooms revised taxonomy - lots to choose from.
Maths dictionary for kids app for iPad
Weebly - free website builder
Take Stanford's 'Intro to AI' Course for free. Stanford has been offering portions of its robotics coursework online for a few years now, but are kicking things up a notch with CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. For the first time, you can take this course, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm. Anyone can sign up for the course online. It starts on October 2nd and lasts 10 weeks. Each 75 minute lecture (there are two per week) gets videotaped and chopped up into 15 minute chunks that you can stream whenever you want, and homework, quizzes, and exams are all digitized and completed over the internet. More details on the website. This course is aimed at adolescents and adults.
Thinking Like a Disciplinarian - Looking to increase the level of student thinking?
6 types of gifted children from Wise Ones Vic
10 social emotional needs of gifted kids with links to more reading on each
Gifted adults links on Hoagies
Imagine magazine from Johns Hopkins - online magazine directed at talented students in Yr 7 – 12, it identifies opportunities at home, in school, and in the larger community that will satisfy students' intellectual curiosity and need for greater academic challenge. Imagine is also a valuable source of information for parents, teachers, school administrators, counsellors, and librarians.
Gifts for learning - Books and toys for gifted kids
4 ways to reduce behaviour problems with gifted students - looks at the difference between high achievers and gifted students
Ideal Solutions for maths acceleration: Maximise maths potential, from University of Iowa and the Belin Blanc Centre
Gifted Learning Links from Northwestern University IL
Family programs for K-2
Enrichment programs for Yr 3 -8
Creative studies - mainly for Yr 4 -6 with one course for Yr 6-12
Link to the Thinking Ahead website
Link to the Thinking Ahead blog