Well, the blog has been quiet for the past couple of weeks, but it is all for a good reason. I have been hard at work behind the scenes developing lots of new content and prepping for the start of the 2019 Winter Tour. Here is what is coming up in the next couple of months.
Everyone is in a rush. Technology and instant access to information via our ever growing collection of digital devices has conditioned us to think that we have all of the answers. Gifted kids are notorious for measuring their success by how quickly and easily they can complete a task. Instead of celebrating finding the “right” answer, let take the time to savor the moment of not knowing and reward the process of discovery. Let’s explore how to accomplish this by investigating Cheese Mountain.
2018 was a bit like A Tale of Two Cities. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. With every bit of joy and progress that 2018 seemed to bring, there was seemingly an equal amount of heartbreak and setback. Let's leave the past in the past, but before 2019 fully commences, join me as I take a look back at a few of the highlights of the past year and some hints at some new things to come.
Ready to kick up your Holiday Movie Viewing up a notch? Try playing Holiday Movie Bingo! Whether you are addicted to the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas, watching on ION, or binging the latest offerings from Netflix, this set of Bingo Cards will add some spice to your viewing party.
Purveyors of fake news often rely on making false connections between seemingly related topics. Such is the stuff of conspiracy theories and conjecture. To help our students be more aware of fake news, we should help them understand the tricks of the trade. To help develop your students’ ability to synthesize information, let’s try playing a game, that I am calling 2 Abe Lincolns and 1 Pinocchio.
Creativity has long been a big part of what we do in gifted education. When I was a teacher of the gifted, we spent a fair amount of class time each week devoted to creativity activities. I enjoyed seeing them wrestle with a problem, think deeply, and ultimately come up with interesting solutions. When you ask kids if they are creative, the answer is almost always a resounding YES! However, if you ask a group of adults if they are creative, they are not nearly as willing to say that they are creative. In working teachers, I can not tell you how many times I have heard, “I am just not creative.” It really breaks my heart every time.
For those of us that work in gifted education, you know that it can be a pretty fascinating place with everyday bringing a new adventure. It has long served as the laboratory and testing ground for the latest innovations in pedagogy. Yet, gifted education has had a tendency to operate in relative secrecy and isolation from the rest of education. As a consequence of flying underneath the radar, myths, misconceptions, and misinformation have permeated our field. Meanwhile, those outside of gifted education are left devices to create their own uninformed version of what is happening in our classrooms. It’s time that we open our classroom doors and invite the world inside to see the difference that gifted programs are making in the lives of the students that we serve.
Welcome to October! Pumpkin Season is here, and thanks to Hurricane Florence, I have never been happier to see September go. Wilmington, NC is a fantastic place to live, but the past several weeks have been far less than ideal. Let's take a look ahead at my favorite season of the year and the FALL 2018 TOUR that is upon us!
I have always been fascinated with the Periodic Table of Elements. I mean, what is there not to love about the systematic organization of the very fiber of everything known to exist. It is kind of a beautiful thing to think about. A few years ago in a previous attempt to blog on a regular basis I created a spreadsheet in Google Drive that contained 60 periodic tables of things other than elements. I have been working to substantially update that list. What follows is a collection of 200 Periodic Tables of Almost Everything Except Elements ranging from Academic Disciplines to Yo-Yos!
Critically evaluating information in digital environments can be a complicated process comprised of multiple steps and ways of viewing and thinking about the information. Having almost constant and instant access to vast amounts of information has conditioned us to far too often simply accept the information that is presented as fact without question. Instead, we should retrain ourselves and our students to resist the temptation to believe everything we see. Rather, we must adopt a healthy dose of skepticism and learn to question everything. To better accomplish this I developed a new framework for the book Fighting Fake News! for helping students to become SUPER Critical Thinkers. I call it CAPES.