Thursday, October 10, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

GAP YEAR/NAP YEAR. A writer in the Washington Post describes her son's struggles with school, despite his superior intelligence. School work was a burden. Meds for ADHD only gave him tics. A Quaker school offered respite for awhile, but the young man "crashed and burned" in his junior year because of a self-imposed heavy course-load. He finally graduated from high school, then took a gap year in which, according to his mother, he mostly slept to recover from "post-traumatic school disorder." His LD? A relatively uncommon one involving a discrepancy between processing speed and higher-level reasoning, or "Learning Disorder NOS." If you love stories about long struggles, check out the article.

NAGC CONFERENCE COMING UP. The November conference of the National Association for Gifted Children has dozens of sessions that could be of interest to parents and educators of twice-exceptional children. An agenda tool allows you to select and save sessions you might be interested in. Check it out.

BRAIN TRAINING: EFFECTIVE? Maybe for working memory, but probably not for "intelligence" -- that's the conclusion of a recent study. The claimed benefits for working memory training are often based on the strong correlation between working memory capacity and "fluid intelligence" -- reasoning and problem-solving ability. However, this study showed that no subjects training on working memory tasks showed any improvement on measures of fluid intelligence. Find out more.

ADHD AND SUPPLEMENTS. ADDitude offers a slideshow with suggestions on supplements for kids with ADHD, such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and more. Find it.

RAISING BOYS. The author of the book Queen Bees and Wannabees, about raising girls, has a new book out: Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends and the New Rules of Boy World. She contends that boys need more attention, as evidenced by a falling college-attendance rate, a higher suicide rate, and a higher rate of incarceration. And she offers advice for understanding and communicating with boys. Find out more.

CREATIVITY. Prufrock Press is making available on its website three chapters of a new book, Organic Creativity in the Classroom, in which 23 authors share teaching stories and helpful strategies that can be used to encourage students to become more creative within specific domains. Find the free download.

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