Monday, April 13, 2009

From the Week of April 12th

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES is the topic of a collection of videos and articles on the Edutopia site, some of the material very recent (i.e, this month). If you're an aficionado of this approach to learning and teaching for high-ability kids, check it out.

SHOULDA KNOWN THE WRITER WAS DAN BARRY when we got partway into an article in The New York Times on April 15th. Once you start one of his articles, you usually finish, and this article about Tiffany Clay, an academically and musically gifted high school senior in Ohio, was no exception. The young lady in question, according to the article, "Should be going to a top college, on scholarship. Should be, but won't be..." The reason: she supports herself by working 35 hours a week on roller skates at a Sonic drive-in, gets months' worth of free meals there for being employee of the month, pays for her own apartment, but doesn't know what role music will continue to play in her life after high school. Read the article and be depressed. [Or be encouraged. By late afternoon on the 15th, the following note appeared in the online "Comments" section for the article:
The "This Land" column that appeared on April 15th prompted an outpouring of support for both Tiffany Clay and the Newark High School Sinfonia. For those who want to help in some way, here is the e-mail address for Susan Larson, the school's music director, and the addresses for two funds being established to help this young lady and her school.... Find the addresses.]

THE USE OF IQ. The London
Financial Times profiled the woman who has the world's highest recorded IQ, Marilyn vos Savant, who writes the "Ask Marilyn" column in Parade Magazine. The article recounts how, in the mid-1980s, publicity of her IQ score of 228 changed her life. The article also covers "detractors" of Savant, critics who feel she should be doing more in life than writing a Q&A column, and gives background information on intelligence testing in general. If nothing else, this article brings perspective to the issues that may attach to profound giftedness. Read it.

TWITTER GOES GIFTED. Joel McIntosh of Prufrock Press has apparently broken the Twitter barrier for the gifted world. In a recent email, he explains how members of the gifted community might be able to use the technology to communicate, advocate, and participate. He also offers access to his own tweets. Find out more, and if you think Twitter can apply to the 2e community as well, let us know.

ADVICE FOR GT EDUCATORS. A new blog by the organization Ingeniousus offers tips for GT professionals. The first posts cover "four B's" of partnering with parents: be empathetic, be open and available, be wildly creative, and be consistent. Find the blog.

GIFTED IN NEW JERSEY? The site of the New Jersey Parents' Interactive Network for Gifted Education (NJPING) might be of interest to you. The goal: local networking to "change the state of education for all gifted children." Go to the site.

1 comment:

childplay said...

Between my blog and facebook, I didn't think I could sustain twitter, but in just the past couple weeks I've joined and followed groups/members for both dyslexia and dyscalculia (the things that make our exceptionality into TWICE exceptionality, lol).

thanks for highlighting the Prufrock dude, which completes the gifted part. I definately think there is a need for a '2e' presence in as many places as it can go!

Tiff