The gifted experience is unique, ever-changing, and ultimately an individual adventure in self-discovery. While the field of gifted education is filled with a myriad of conceptions and definitions that only occasionally agree with one another. Rather than debating what giftedness is and isn’t, let us look inward and describe what our personal experience with being gifted feels like by utilizing only GIFS.
In June of 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Antofagasta, Chile to present at DelTA UCN about using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. When I first joined Joe Renzulli’s Three Ring Circus, I mean started the doctoral program at the University of Connecticut back in 2005, I had no idea where my journey would take me. But there I was 4,000 miles away and somehow still in the same time zone. When you are used to traveling primarily east and west, going that far south definitely gives you a new perspective. Here are a few key things that I learned on the journey.
Yes, you read that correctly. You can LISTEN TO WIKIPEDIA. If I really needed another reason to love Wikipedia, this is it. This project built by Hatnote applies sound to Wikipedia's recent changes feed. "Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell."
While at Powell's Books on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, Angela and I were looking for a new travel game. The criteria were pretty clear: It needed to be small enough to not be a burden, short enough for casual play, able to be played by 2 people, and provide for playful interactions. That is when we stumbled across the card game BRAINSPIN.
The 2019 Summer Tour is now underway! Over the course of 11 weeks, I will be presenting at 11 different events in 8 states plus Chile! I have been working on developing a lot of brand new material that I will be unveiling along the way. Keep reading to see some of the highlights.
In July 2020, NASA is scheduled to launch the Mars 2020 Rover to the Red Planet. While it is still years away from humans landing on the moon, this is your chance to have your name sent to another planet. From now until Sept. 30, 2019, you can add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars at https://go.nasa.gov/Mars2020Pass Best of all the round trip is FREE, but good luck transferring the 313,586,649 miles to another frequent flyer program.
With the worldwide dominance of Avengers: Endgame at the box office, the widespread popularity of superheroes is without question. In an effort to capitalize on this intense interest, here is a collection of superhero themed lesson ideas to use in your classroom with your gifted superheroes.
One of the signs that spring has finally arrived is the Masters Golf Tournament. While I am not a golfer, there is something that I find utterly compelling about this event. Maybe it is the azaleas or the meticulously manicured grass. Maybe it is the multiple day test of endurance and the multitude of changes in the leaderboard. To celebrate the arrival of spring and the Masters, I present Wikipedia Golf: A critical thinking activity where you look for ways that Wikipedia entries are connected.
Let's tee off!
Hello and welcome to the inaugural issue of Inside Brian’s Brain! Thank you for your interest in my work and for joining me on this journey.
Here’s is what you can expect. My goal is to provide you with some free instructional resources related to better serving your gifted students on a monthly basis. While I tend to post ideas on my blog on a more regular basis, I have realized that often some of what is being posted somehow gets lost in the information overload that is life in 2019.
When I started the TED Talks 30 Day Challenge, I was seeking a solution to the problem I was having of not getting enough intellectual stimulation from high quality professional learning experiences. I really wanted to broaden my horizons by stepping outside of the types of sessions that I typically have access to. Early on in the journey, I unknowingly shifted the focus from one that was personal to one that was more for the readers of this blog. As I entered the final stretch, I once again came to the realization that the learning was for me and that any readers that I might have were really secondary to my experience.