Monday, February 11, 2013

News Items, Resources from 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

GOT AN ANXIOUS KID? Read a first-hand account by an adult who has panic disorder -- what the first manifestations felt like (a heart attack), how he sought care for the panic attacks, and things he wants to share with those who suffer panic attacks or know some who does. Read more.

EDUCATION GENDER GAP. "The Boys at the Back" is the title of an opinion piece in The New York Times that addresses the issue of why boys are less likely than girls to get good grades or go to college. The piece describes a recent study on the matter and the hypothesis that good behavior leads to better grades. The writer goes on to cover reasons for male underachievement and then offers suggestions for improving the situation, citing the example of a high school in New York City that seems to successfully help boys achieve. Read more.

THE DARK SIDE OF AD/HD MEDS. The New York Times also ran a piece about a young man -- an aspiring med student -- whose addiction to stimulant meds caused his death, describing how he was able to keep getting prescriptions to feed his desire for the drugs. Find the article.

THE NEURODIVERSE CLASSROOM was the topic of an Education Week webinar last week, the transcript of which is available online; find it.

DOUBLY SPECIAL is the name of a symposium scheduled for February 23rd in Christchurch, New Zealand. It's billed as "affordable PD for teachers working with our twice exceptional students," and we found out about it via Gifted Resources newsletter. Find out more.

A STAR ATHLETE, dyslexic, evidently made it all the way through college without being able to read, according to "He was called brilliant by one teacher, lazy by another," says the editorial, which suggests various ways that the "system" might be corrected. Read the editorial.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, AND MATH -- STEAM. An article at notes "10 great minds who combined arts and sciences" -- ranging from da Vinci to the first Canadian who walked in space. Find the list.

DYSLEXIA AS A GIFT. An NPR series called "To the Best of Our KNowledge" has featured Maryann Wolf, of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, on the topics of dyslexia as a gift and "the reading brain." You may hear the programs or read the transcripts at

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