Tuesday, January 7, 2014

News, Resources from 2e Newsletter

INVISIBLE IN THE CLASSROOM? A 30-year longitudinal study from Vanderbilt University suggests that profoundly gifted children may experience roadblocks during their education, roadblocks that keep them from meeting their full potential. These roadblocks may consist of lack of access to appropriately advanced material; lack of teacher time because teacher is dealing with struggling learners; and lack of encouragement. To the extent that this applies to our twice-exceptional children, it's also a red flag to the 2e community. Read more.

CHANGING GIFTED ED. Immediately after we read the above article, we came across another article on educating the gifted containing this quote: "We cannot wait for the results of a 25-year longitudinal study to measure effectiveness of a specific program before we take further bold action" [to improve gifted education]. Two educators at a school for gifted learners urge the American system to adopt a variety of methods: creating more engaging classrooms, focusing on 21st-century skills, building curricula with no ceilings, and imparting the right psychological skills. It's a heady call; read more.

CONCUSSION, BRAIN REST. Children who experience concussions recover more quickly if they avoid cognitive effort for three to five days, according to an article in the Boston Globe. "That means no reading, homework, text messaging, or video game playing; basically, it’s fine to lie in bed quietly, watching TV or listening to music with the volume on low," says the co-author of a study on the topic. Find out more.

BRAINSTORM is the title of a book by Daniel Siegel, about brain functioning in adolescents -- defined as those 13 to as old as 24 years. The book is the topic of a recent Diane Rehm show on NPR; you can also read an excerpt of the book at the NPR site.

UNDERSTANDING ASPERGER'S. A page at xminds.org illustrates why kids with Asperger's may be prone to meltdowns as the result of the intersection of deficits in one or more of four areas: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. If meltdowns are a problem in your house or your classroom, find the illustration. (Thanks, Marcie, for pointing this out to us.)

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE. January 6 marked the opening of the 2014 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program for students who excel in the classroom and give back to the community. Aimed at STEM students, the program is notable to us for its size: 100 scholarships of up to $25,000 per year, renewable up to five years. Find out more.

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