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  26 April, 2012
 April Newsletter 

Gifted and Thriving at School:
How proactive parents can get the education that fits their child


This book is packed with tips and strategies which will build your knowledge and confidence so you can effectively advocate for your gifted child.
Published 9 March 2012

 Find out what other parents had to say and take steps to see your child thrive at school


Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA


 This valuable 150 page resource printed in A5 size is a ready reference for parents or teachers looking for resources or opportunities for gifted children. It includes a huge number of websites as well as an expanded section of suggested reading about various aspects of giftedness.

Find out more and buy a copy
Other Resources

New stock of Upside Down Brilliance by Linda Silverman as arrived and the price has gone down. Copies are now $40 ea. This is an invaluable resource to assist you understand a Visual Spatial Learner approaches the world and offers ideas on how to maximise their potential.


I currently have just 2 copies of Mindset by Carol Dweck in stock at $22ea. This is an excellent book showing how our approach to challenge influences our future and also gives advice about how to change our approach. Important reading.

COMING SOON The Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side


 Practical information about identification, testing, myths, freindships and more for parents and teachers.


Anticipated release date is mid May 2012

Go to the Resources section of the website

“It will be a great day when other people appreciate that for gifted children intellectual stimulation is as essential as oxygen.”


The test of appropriately  differentiated opportunities for gifted students


“SHOULD all kids do it? COULD all kids do it? WOULD all kids want to?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then it isn’t differentiated.” Harry Passow

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What's News?


Hi Derrin,

The cooler weather has arrived at last and I hope you all had a safe and happy holidays.


I was fortunate to spend a week recently in the monstery town of New Norcia attending a felting course. As the least experienced class member I had a lot of learning to do, but it was great to be in a situation where my full attention was needed, where I had an opportunity to engage my creative skills and experience the support of not only the tutor but also the other class members whose ages ranged up to 80! It was a great example of how we learn in real life, quite different to being 'taught' a new skill. Hopefully opportunities to 'learn' will abound for your children too. 


In between other things I recently finished  writing and editing The Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side and I am currently waiting for the designer to finish working her magic on it so it can be sent to the printer. Currently the anticipated release date is likely to be about mid May. If you would like to se what will be inside this book, you will find the contents list in a recent blog post .  As soon as you can pre-order a copy I will let you know, and will also send you details of a Book Launch event (for both of my recently published books).


With the Easter holidays behind us, Term 2 is now underway has started now and it will no doubt be a busy one now that teachers and children have got to know each other better, and of course, with the NAPLAN and GATE testing for some in the coming weeks. 


I know many parents who are looking forward to consolidating their positive relationship with their child's teachers this term. And have also heard from many others recently who are wondering how to managed the anxiety their child is exepriencing returning to school where more fine tuning is needed before they will thrive.


You will find lots of tips and advice in my recent book Gifted and Thriving at School:How proactive parents can get the education that fits their child.released in March 2012 it has been reviewed across Australia and mentioned onm a US blog. I currently still have some copies in stock at $25 each but not many of the original print run remain. (more will be ordered but they take a couple of weeks to arive). If your preference is for an ebook rather than a paperback, you will also find Gifted and Thriving at School available for Kindle from Amazon 



A limited number of face to face or by phone consultation appointments are available this term for new clients, plus some additional appointments for previous clients who are looking for a follow up consultation.Bookings are  now handled via an online booking service. You can find out more and make your booking by following the links here.

Blog news

Advocacy and how to make progress

Looking for a guide book to giftedness?

To bed….. and now to sleep.  (I discovered by accident that a link back to this post appeared in the Byrdseed Gifted newsletter in April)

 Go to the blog


New in the Download Centre

'Coming Out Gifted' by Lisa Ericson

Life in the Asynchronous Family by Kathi Kearney 

Dabrowski's Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults by James Webb  (not as scary as it sounds!)

Advantages of using the Stanford Binet Version 5 When Assessing Gifted Individuals by Fiona Smith


Actvities organised by others

Gifted get together - Mermaids and Mermen

This Saturday afternoon April 28th a group of parents with gifted kids will meet at the Heathcoate Pirate Playground. in Applecross. For more information or to join the Facebook group  contact Kate


Australian Gifted Support Centre will be holding Friday night games nights for gifted kids and their families once a month. For dates and details download the flier from Thinking Ahead  



You will find a large collection of links below this month. Hopefully amongst them you find something useful. Please do let me know if you come across something you think others migh tlike. Or post it on the Thinking Ahead Facebook page.

I hope the term goes well well for you all.


Derrin Cramer

Check out the Thinking Ahead website


Links to other interesting information

Making moves to balance cognicentrism An excellent article looking at "the idea that gifted people are prone to “cognicentrism”, which is privileging the desires of the mind over the needs or desires of the body and spirit.". It also looks at the part asynchrony might play in this and mentions over excitabilities.


The Funnel and the Cylinder analogy showing the differences between different levels of giftedness. Worth reading


Do Something - the right side of the curve


The brain focusing power of the lab coat - why telling you to 'put your lab coat on' rather than your 'thinking cap' will help you to focus better

Revenge of the Introvert

Goldilocks parents - how to encourae kids to take personal responsibility.


Artistically gifted children


How creativity works: Its all in your imagination. Excerpts from an interview with Johan Lehrer about his new book - Imagine looking at a few of the ideas we have about creativity

Gifted adults
Gifted adults and family dynamics

Multiple talents, multiple passions, burnout
One for gifted adults, particularly women. Includes heaps of links to other works and books on various topics

The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open The Door To Success
For parents, teachers, and other professionals seeking practical guidance about ways to help children with learning problems, this book provides a comprehensive look at learning differences ranging from dyslexia to dysgraphia, to attention problems, to giftedness. In The Mislabeled Child, the authors describe how a proper understanding of a child's unique brain-based strengths can be used to overcome many different obstacles to learning.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain. This looks like being a wonderful book, available from May 1 (pre-order from Book Depository or other places). If you have not heard of the Arrowsmith School in Canada it is worth looking it up, especially if you have a 2E child. More info on Barbara Arrowsmith-Young can also be found in The Brain that Changes Itself.


67 books every geek should read to their kids A printable list.


Imagine by Jonah Lehrer 
Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Includes all sorts of helpful information. Did you know that the colour blue can help double your creative output? Read an article about this book.

Available from the Book Depository 


Barefoot Irreverance by James Delisle His most popular writings from the past two decades have been compiled into one volume. Barefoot Irreverence is a collection of more than 50 outstanding essays from esteemed publications plus introductions and 3 new essays. 

*** Book Depository sale 10% off at checkout in April and May when you use the code APM12

Jelly Cam
- free stop motion animation software. Read a
review  and then download here

Games and activities
Swish card game
, great for visual thinkers 


Free universal construction kit lets kids use blocks from all systems in one construction. Only downside is it is in file format and you need to find someone with a 3D printer to produce the pieces. If anyone has access to one perhaps you could let me know?

Online courses and opportunities
MIT (Mass USA) Open courseware, now added MITx with access to labs etc. An excellent resource for homeschoolers and anyone interested in self education.

Using your hand as a calculator for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 times tables
(boring voice and it moves very slowly but info is useful)


Counting sheep, raise maths scores at bedtime and the Bedtime Math website is


Dreambox Learning - individualised math learning, also suitable for homeschoolers

The scale of the universe  Very cool. You can scroll in and out, from an angstrom to the whole universe and look at everything in between.


Play Dough circuits - forbudding electrical entrepreneurs


Hands on Shakespeare
- a heap of ways to bring Shakespeare to life on the (small) stage with character cut outs, puppets and other ideas

2E and challenges to learning
ADHD, Autism, and Giftedness: An Invitation To A Conversation

Gifted children with Asperger Syndrome - useful article that highlights the differences and similarities between aspegers and giftedness. Looks at early development, special interests, social and cognitive development.


Eye Can Learn - Eye exercises for better visual health. Includes info on visual perception, tracking, focussing, eye teaming and links to plenty of other info to do with visual processing.


The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children
In an informative and captivating DVD, SENG highlights the plight of children who are misdiagnosed with disorders such as ADHD or Asperger's Syndrome. Misdiagnosis of gifted children is a widespread problem, but still largely unknown to healthcare professionals, educators, and parents. To protect our children from inappropriate diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment, and to promote their social and intellectual development, we must educate people about the potential for misinterpreting characteristics of giftedness as symptoms of pathology. An important 15 minutes


For Teachers

Envision - materials for gifted learners. Career Apsirations. A 100 page book designed for grades five through eight, and contained a 10-week independent project. YOu can download samples of this and other projects from the same company from a link on the page below


Ideas for using the Evaluate level of Blooms - Evaluate using characters' philosophies. Identify a character's philosophy and use their perspective to evaluate the actions of others. An excellent example of higher order thinking.


Why I no longer use groups in the classroom


Differentiation for High Ability Learners


Until next month...

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