Links to Information you might find useful
Articles, blogs and Webinars
A challenge to the traditional view of schooling and a look at what standardised testing looks like in the real world
Call to Action: Making Gifted Education Relevant Today an excellent outline of what may be needed to make a real difference for gifted children.
Is working memory the new IQ?
Harm and the Gifted student – an analogy using being left handed as an example
StarJump webinar series - An introduction to visual spatial thinking and learning, presented by Maxine Cowie 7.30 - 8.30PM Eastern Time on June 22 $30. Run by Australian Gifted Support
Teaching Science Is Bolstered by Fewer Lectures and More Working in Groups
Exceptionallly and profoundly gifted students: An underserved population Miraca Gross
We use maths Great video on why math is fun and important
While most people would agree that "math people" are not like "non-math people", it's not always easy for non-mathematical minds to recognize (and appropriately nurture) mathematical ones
Exceptionallly and profoundly gifted students: An underserved population Miraca Gross http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/underserved.htm 9 child prodigies who actually ended up doing something
Brain calisthenics for abstract ideas - utilizing what we know about the brain and it's ability to classify, this article looks at ways to improve some skills using a bottom up approach.
Top ten things I wish all teachers knew about giftedness.
An excellent list of points, well worth reading by parents as well as teachers. From a blog written by a NZ lady.
Howard Gardner on the need for a new approach to assessment (from Joe Bower's blog)
Raising the ceiling
Dr Peter Bishop, Futurist - Looking at change and education part 1 and Part 2 Dr Bishop spoke at the Opening of the Future Problem Solving International competition, urging us to teach about the future as often as we teach about the past (see blog post for a little more information)
Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies This book introduces various low-preparation, low-stress differentiation activities and strategies that can be implemented immediately in any content area in grades 3–5. Each differentiation strategy encourages higher level thinking and intellectual risk taking while accommodating different learning styles.
American Mensa book suggestions – small list currently which is being added to
Change your Story Change your Life Tolan (follows from last newsletter SENG webinar)
Electric Eggplant multi media company, computer games and graphic novels.
Maths and Science focussed apps for the iPad look for Viruoso(piano),Triangle Solve, Tanagrams & UnblockMe for problem solving, Physics, (there's a PhysicsFree app too), ArithFit, Fractal Factory... (suggestions come from the Bright Kids list)
Strategy Games - A list of strategies games can be found here (on Hoagies website)
Build It Design It Fidgit
Science Channel experiments
Global Education, Give Peace a Chance. Encourage peace building in preparation for the International Day of Peace on Sept 21st (and beyond). Also includes activities suited to an Interactive White Board.
Schooling the World a thought provoking site about culture and education, particularly in developing countries.
The miniature Earth if the earth was a village of 100 people this is what it would look like. This is the updated version with current statistics
Green school A TED talk about a green school built in Bali from bamboo, with an eye to the future. One interesting comment John Hardy makes towards the end encouraging others to similar projects is 'to build as your grandchildren will'.
Untangling the myths about attention disorder Helps separate what it is and the influences of modern life. Worth a look.
Home school resources
Gifted homeschoolers forum (US)
Homeschool Diner - online enrichment in maths, science, visual arts, music, social studies, language and creative writing plus curriculum by subject
Homeschool science Supercharged science
Carnival of Homeschooling - plenty of ideas and links
Grouped by degree of challenge, with samples from the International Linguistics Olympiad
Using the weather forecast to sneak in some maths learning.... from the Teach Mama blog which aims 'to empower parents by providing them with simple tools and resources they can use to be the best teachers they can be for their children'.
Mr Puzzle - WHY puzzle - excellent for visual thinkers
I probably should have shared this before the NAPLAN testing, although it is perhaps even more relevant as schools wait for the results. Two teachers and a Microphone rap about standardised testing. It is set in the USA but the issues are basically the same (although so far there is no threat of school closures for low results)
Link to the new look website
Link to the Thinking Ahead blog
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