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20 June 2012
 June Newsletter 

NOW AVAILABLE The Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side


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


Until the end of this week you can get a signed copy when you order this book 
Go to the Resources section of the website

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.


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
Upside Down Brilliance
by Linda Silverman
Copies currently available at $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.



 “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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,

What a busy month! My latest book The Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side has been released and printed copies are walking out the door. The ebook version is also coming soon and details will be added to the website as soon as it is ready.


I am having a Book Launch event this Friday night 22 June from 7-8pm. There are still a few places available so if you would like to come along and help celebrate the publication of my books, please register using the event link.


I have also been working on the Next Steps follow on course for Gifted and Thriving at School, which I hope to be able to offer next term and working on a submission to the Parliamentary Education and Health Standing Committee. and I have been preparing my presentation for the National Gifted Conference which will be held in Adelaide next month. This conference is held every 2 years and includes a strand for parents as well as teachers and researchers. You can find out more about the conference from their website  



A limited number of face to face or by phone consultation appointments will be available next term. Dates will added to the website in a week or two.  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
I recently participated in the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week Blog Tour, joining posts from around the world. 

My post was Wearing the 'Right Glasses'   

If you are interested in other posts from the blog tour you will find them here.


Other posts this month on the Thinking Ahead blog include

Busy Underachieving

IQ tsts are just one piece of the puzzle


New in the Download Centre

Misdiagnosis, the recent trend in thinking about gifted children with ADHD

Who are the Gifted using the new WISC IV?

A Global Look at Strategies for Visual Spatial Learners

Allowing Flowers to Bloom

You can find these articles and others in the Download Centre


Activities organised by others
Morelina School Open Day June 21st. Download a flier 


The Mermaids and Mermen group will be meeting again this weekend, on Sunday afternoon at Piney Lakes Reserve, Murdoch. The members 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 13th July in Leeming. See the website for the link to a flier. Email Tracey for information on location for the next gathering.


This month I have gathered so many links that they cant all fit in the newsletter. I have put a selection below but you will also find a link to a document on the Newsletter page of the website with links on many topics including giftedness, parenting, 2E, thinking, science, maths, visual thinking, reading and writing, apps and online learning, homeschooling and books you might like to read. 
Check the Thinking Ahead Facebook page as well as I add interesting links I come across there too.



Next month I will email you about some changes which are coming to the monthly email newsletter. I will be changing over to a new provider and this will require you to confirm that you are still interested in receiving the newsletter. More information will follow after the school holidays explaining what you need to do. Until then, you dont need to do anything - the next newsletter will arrive as usual.


As we approach the last few weeks of term, many of you will be looking forward to the holidays and a chance to recharge. If you are going away in the break travel safely and I hope you find some sunshine somewhere.


All the best


Derrin Cramer

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Links to other interesting information

This month I have so many links to share with you that I have only put a selection here. You can download the document which contains the complete list from the Newsletter page of the Thinking Ahead website. You should find enough to keep you busy during the holidays or weekends.



How do we define giftedness? Let me count the ways -examines a definition and the needs to develop giftedness in various domains '’Talented and gifted children’ means those children who require special educational programs or services, or both, beyond those normally provided by the regular school program....'

Smart people more prone to cognitive bias......... (or why smart people are stupid)


 Challenge and Effort (blog) and www Raising smarter kids


How open education is changing the texture of content


Too Fast, Too Slow, Just Right - Acceleration for the Gifted Child. Short little article about acceleration with an anecdote


Visual thinking
Draw me an
idea - blog about Mindmapping, including some excellent examples including learning to tell the time on an analogue clock face


Twice Exceptional

Raising 2E kids - Parents' stories (from NZ)


Dyselxia - G r e a t e r / l e t t e r / s p a c i n g / helps reading in dyslexia.
It is interesting that the study looks at Italian (and French which is similarly tricky to English). The incidence of dyslexia in italy is half what it is in English speaking countries where there are many many more ways to form the sound bytes of our language.

Plus a free app for dyslexics


Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?


Homeschooling gifted children; what you do mean? and why it does matter ? What do you mean gifted?? As with any popularly used term, this has come to mean many things to many different people.

The importance of frustration in the creative process

Reading and Writing
Free ebook library with many titles for children from 3 – 11 years, in various age categories


Science in the backyard, Food Webs



How do you spark a love of maths in kids ?
MC Escher and Lego - also looks at the Maths of Escher


Online Learning 

6 great websites for kids and young learners - links to a few websites 

 Apps for gifted kids



Educating Children for Life by Annemarie Roeper
In her book, Educating Children for Life, Annemarie wrote that “Humanity has made two promises to its children. The first is to prepare a world which accepts them and provides them with opportunities to live, grow, and create in safety. The other is to help them develop their whole beings to the fullest in every respect.”

Her mandate :The only agenda is the soul of the child.

For more links and information check out the completel list of links for this month on the newsletter page


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 and to order Derrin's books.


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