Links to Information you might find useful
Articles, blogs and Webinars
Gifted children: Are their gifts being identified, encouraged or ignored? A useful article which covers how experts define giftedness and what parents
The science of academic improvement
Teachers of the Gifted or Gifted Teachers?
Helping boys develop a lifelong love of reading
Educating a gifted child
How to Talk to Little Girls. This post includes comments about engaging their minds rather than buying into the importance of looks, even with young children. You may also like to have a look at Think.tv
9 sure fire ways to get kids reading. Takes a US perspective with the long summer break but includes some useful thoughts
How to Land your kid in Therapy – The dangers of parents who do too much for their kids. The author discusses why the obsession with our kids' happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods.
Of course, everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive and happy adults. However, says Gottlieb, "Nowadays, it's not enough to be happy-if you can be even happier. The American Dream and the pursuit of happiness have morphed from a quest for general contentment to the idea that you must be happy at all times and in every way."
The power of engagement in learning, from Born to Learn
Social-emotional aspects of giftedness: SENG support model This article has appeared in the AAEGT Journal
Intelligent People Have “Unnatural” Preferences and Values That Are Novel in Human Evolutionary History . This article advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years."
Girls and science – looks at 3 girls who were winners in the Google Science Fair and how they found their passion for science at an early age.
NZ Gifted Awareness week blog tour – follow links to gifted blogs
Gifted, talented, but it’s no easy ride. SMH newspaper article It would seem ludicrous to most Australians to make a top cricketer train with backyard cricketers. So why is it so contentious to group smart children with other smart children?
A Tale of Two Trees from Unwrapping the Gifted
Webinar - Australian Gifted Support and Starjump webinar series
Next webinar is July 27 and the topic is Identification and Assessment: Insights into the power of a comprehensive developmental assessment
Accurate Assessment? Asperger's Disorder, and Other Common Misdiagnoses and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children a video presentation by Dr James Webb
Many gifted children are incorrectly diagnosed as having emotional disorders. Other diagnoses are actually more common among gifted children, but are often overlooked because few psychologists, paediatricians, or other health care professionals receive training about gifted children. This session offers information about characteristics of gifted children, frequent issues that arise, and guidelines to distinguish whether a child is simply showing gifted behaviours or suffers from disorders such as ADHD or Asperger's Disorder. Because some disorders are more frequently found in gifted children, additional focus is given to these dual diagnoses of gifted children.
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan. Aimed at 10-12 year olds this book full of quirky (gifted) characters, this story explores fitting in through the experiences of a notorius boy who is sent to a chaotic, artistic homeschool family when no other school will take him. A laugh out loud novel. Look for it in the local library, also available from Book Depository or Amazon for around $6.00
GO Graphic - online holiday program from Gifted Online NZ July 25-29. 8 -15 years
The world of Begabungs – a virtual camp for gifted kids
Acrostica claims to be the best acrostic puzzle site on the web! You will find dozens of acrostic (also called double-acrostic, quote-acrostic, etc.) word puzzles.
Story Starters – generates a quick story starter and allows you to choose the format (letter, newspaper, postcard etc)
Lego for all the Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth fans - Lego masters recreate Middle Earth, all of it...........
Ingredient magazine is aimed at 6 – 12 year olds who are curious about food. 6 issues a year, US$35, free issue to read online.
Mathematical doodling – the value of drawing snakes, graphs and chequer boards. Some great ideas for creative fun with a pencil and paper (which does have something to do with maths, but you don’t have to talk about that just yet)
Spider Scribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool (probably of more use to parents as it also lets you connect files, notes, calendar events etc)
Educaze is an online platform that connects tutors and students regardless of geographical location. It's a bit like Freelancer or Elance but for students and tutors. There may not be anything specifically for gifted at this point.
Logic and puzzle games Everett Kaser Software specializes in logic and puzzle games intended to stretch your mind. If you like games that you can play, not just for weeks, but for years and years, and which require gray matter, not buckets of adrenaline and testosterone, you've found the right place. For Windows and Mac
Read about a young entrepreneur making man scented candles in the US. Made in recycled cans first donated to a soup kitchen this young man is making a difference to the lives of other people as well as learning about business in a big way.
LEGO Inspiration from Byrdseed Gifted. 10 LEGO applications in the classroom across all subject areas.
Nine interesting resources from around the web to inspire your classroom and ignite some creativity!
Includes a link to a pdf titled Universal themes and generalizations which covers change, conflict, exploration, force or influence, order vs chaos, patterns, power, structure, systems, relationships
Free Curriculum Differentitation webinar from Renzulli Learning. To view recorded webinar you need to register at this page
Docs Teach Thousands of primary source documents from the US National Archives available online for students to access. Not sure whether we have a similar Australian resource.
Link to the new look website
Link to the Thinking Ahead blog
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