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24 May, 2012
 May 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

More copies are due to arrive in Perth later this week.

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
Currently plenty of stock available 
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 1 copy of Mindset by Carol Dweck in stock at $22.

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 Br


Release date June 14th.
Practical information about identification, testing, myths, freindships and more for parents and teachers.


Pre-order your copy now and it will be posted as soon as stock arrives.

Go to the Resources section of the website

“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are.”

Linda Silverman

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,

Since the last newsletter I have been busy making the final edits and then working with the designer on the layout of my new book The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side. This week I received the proof copies and it looks great! I am excited to let you know that it is now only a couple of weeks away.

You can find out more about the book, check out the contents page and pre-order your copy now from the Thinking Ahead website. I will post out these orders as soon as I receive copies of the book, prior to the official launch date, so if you want to be amongst the first to get a copy, this is the way to do so.


There has been lots of interest in Gifted and Thriving at School: How proactive parents can get the education that fits their child and it is heartening to hear from parents whom it has helped in advocating for their child.

"I have to say that your book is an excellent, full of useful advice in a ready to use practical format. The section that I found most useful was the Introduction and chapter on proactive parents. I really needed the affirmation and support for this difficult ongoing process and confirmation that it is a parental responsibility.”

It was also wonderful to hear recently about a meeting at which both the parent and the teacher had read Gifted and Thriving at School, and how it helped them work together to improve the situation for the child.


In the wider world of gifted
Many of you will have heard of Annemarie Roeper who founded the Roeper School with her husband George in the late 1940’s.  I was fortunate to arrange to visit the Roeper School in Michigan in 2008 which is an amazing place where gifted children flourish and which still holds closely to the origianl vision for tthe school.  Annemarie also developed the Qualitative Assessment Method and continued to consult with parents and children until well into her 90’s. Sadly, earlier in May, after more than 70 years involvement with gifted children, she passed away. Her legacy in the field of gifted education is enormous, and she will be sadly missed.


You can read more about her in this article and you may also like to read You may also like to read Growing Old Gifted, another perspective on giftedness reaching beyond adulthood.


Closer to home, we also lost a character in the field of gifted education recently with the passing of Stephen Sunderland. I worked closely with Stephen as co-convenor of Gifted 2006, the National Conference held in Fremantle. Stephen was the face (and voice) of the conference, and in addition to his long involvement with PEAC and ProAPT, many will know him from his days on TV and radio as a movie reviewer. 



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.

On the Blog
The start of this term is one that is often stressful with NAPLAN testing for some, followed shortly after by the GATE testing for those applying for places in the various Academic Talent Programs and selective schools. There is often a lot of discussion about the selection process and whether other methods of proving ability should be also considered. I wrote a blog post about the situation recently which may be of interest to you.
The Problem is not the test but what comes before it

Another recent post you might be interested to read is Advocacy and how to make progress


New in the Download Centre

Why Gifted Children May Not Test Well from Parenting for High Potential March 2009

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by Sylvia Rimm (2E focus)

Gifted People and their 'Problems' by Francis Heylighen

The Relationship of Grouping Practices to the Education of the Gifted and Talented Learner:Research Based Decision Making by Karen Rogers

'Coming Out Gifted' by Lisa Ericson (this one was in the last newsletter but it generated so many comments that I thought I would include it again)

Activities organised by others
The Mermaids and Mermen group will be meeting again this weekend, on Sunday afternoon at Serpentine Dam. The memebers of this Facebook group are doing a great job of supporting each other, and parents are finding a place where they fit, as well as connection for their children. If you would like to find out more you can email Kate


The next Family Games night organised by Tracey Jordan will be held on 8th June, see the website for the link to a flier. Email Tracey for information on location for the next gathering.


You will find this month's collection of links below, covering a range of topics. Remember to check the Thinking Ahead Facebook page for other links and discussions as well.



I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the glorious autumn sunshine we have at the moment and look forward to letting you know more about the launch of the Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side very soon


All the best


Derrin Cramer

Check out the Thinking Ahead website


Links to other interesting information

Negative attitudes towards gifted - is it an an instinct to protect the social fabric? This article refers to a study by Miraca Gross and John Geake in 2008

Gifted children’s strengths often present challenges - inlcudes an excellent graphic and you can get a full size pdf version of it by emailing


The Right Side of the Curve


Put away the Bell Curve, most of us aren’t average - A view that suggests that the idea of a Bell Curve restrains performance for some.

Intelligence - do you need it to be successful?


Spectacles and intelligence


Talentry: A New Word and New Approach for Recognizing Talent in Children and Adults


What's so good about being intense? The first in a series of posts on this topic looks at perfectionism, worry and stubbornness. (this article got a thumbs up from my daughter)


Studies on multitasking highlight the value of self control


What’s the secret sauce to educational games? Key comment: Ineffective games bestow gold stars for good performance instead of making the incentives internal to the game


The Parenting Advantage
- 5 Ways neuroscience will change education
What a child does in school goes hand-in-hand with what happens in the home. The advantages on the brain of a great school program, for example, are only fully realized when parents play a role in their child’s development.Some of the findings of neuroscience are common sense. Diet and exercise help the brain, for example. But some of them are less obvious: how you reward and encourage a child only works to improve the brain if it’s done a specific way, for example.


How to talk to little boys - about reading and gender influences. Worth reading whether you have boys or girls.


Parents of Gifted: Facilitate Learning at Home - 10 ways parents can support their gifted teens


14 tips for helping children with emotional intelligence 

Mindset works information about a school program using the ideas of Carol Dweck (Mindset)



The debate over the value of homework continues. Two articles, the first looking at pros and cons, the second reporting some Australian research finding that 'school homework does no good'.

What should students learn in the 21st Century?


Slice of Flourish – a new, local resource magazine for parents and teachers, 5 issues per term. You can download a free issue. A Slice of Flourish believes that the true purpose of education is to equip students for a life where they don't just survive, but also thrive! A few of the areas covered in the magazine include relationship and 'people' skills, creative and critical thinking skills, skills for effective learning and strategies for developing the attitudes and beliefs which will provide a foundation for flourishing. 

Bright not Broken
Broadcast about 2E kids - talk about twice-exceptional children with Drs. James Webb and Edward Amend, psychologists and experts on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth. Covers identification, support and resources.


Creating Curriculum for 2E learners


Brian Grazer on Growing up with dyslexia


Auditory Processing Disorder information

Sensitive clothing for sensitive kids lots of information about SensoryProcessing Disorder


The hydrodynamics of a swimming fish (You Tube)


Reading instruction for the gifted learner (primary). What are some appropriate strategies for advanced readers?


The delights of reading upside down. Part history lesson, part language lesson, and a lot of visual challenge.

Creativity and play
Killing creativity
- why kids draw pictures of monsters and adults don’t. 


Lessons in the Art of Pillow Fort Construction


Modelling material - Plastimake (Thanks Carina) Plastimake is a non-toxic and reusable plastic material that you can use to make strong and lightweight objects with your bare hands, in minutes. Just add hot water and Plastimake will quickly become soft and pliable. When cooled to room temperature it will be rock hard again. Cheap and delivery Australia wide is free.

Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech about Succeeding in the Arts

Bilingual Families Perth is a not for profit network of linguistically diverse people in Western Australia.
Our network connects around 450 families and individuals from more than 40 language backgrounds. In the past 10 years we have provided support for families who speak Afrikaans, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swiss-German, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese besides various dialects of the relevant languages.

Games and Apps

Board Game ideas


Animation Creator iPad app  -  and see what one child did with it (creative uses for Animation Creator) 



Will you still love me? (for kids)


Have you filled a bucket today? A guide to daily happiness A book for children about happiness, it uses a bucket analogy, filling and dipping, to help us see the consequences of our actions.


10 books for high school summer reading (US summer that is)


The Woman Who Changed Her Brain – the story of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young and how she developed a set of exercises and the neuroplasticity of the brain to address her severe learning dysfunctions. The implications for education are immense. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

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Looking for research on a particular topic? You may find what you are looking for with Google scholar

Until next month...

Thanks for reading the newsletter. Please let me know if you come across anything you think might be of interest to other people. And remember to check out the website for great resources and plenty of information.


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