Tuesday, November 5, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

"TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL: IS IT A GIFT?" That's the title of and the question posed by a blog at the Huffington Post, a story of a very bright child who, at four, "morphed into a demanding dictator." Highly intelligent, he was able to craft letters to a peer who couldn't yet read -- but when the peer's parents read the letters, they found that the young writer was insulting their son. Read more.

SO HOW'S YOUR FOCUS? (Oh, wait -- let me check this text message. Now, what were we discussing?) In the UK Independent, a science writer "argues that we've become a species crippled by distraction and looks at new techniques to help wean children –- and adults -- off their phones and consoles." Got this problem at home? Read more.

NOT BACK TO SCHOOL is the catchy title of the most recent newsletter from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. If you'd like to find out more about GHF, check out the newsletter.

BULLYING MEETS WRIGHTSLAW in the current issue of Special Ed Advocate. The publishers promise "information about bullying and harassment, prevention, legal decisions about harassment, and effective ways to respond to bullying." Find it.

STUDY SPACE AT HOME. If you'd like tips on creating a study space for your young student that encourages actual studying, check out an article at the New York Times. Two of the tips: understand your child's learning style; and brainstorm with the child to design a "cool space" -- whether with beanbag chairs, standing "cafe-height" tables, or whatever. Read more.

READY FOR SCHOOL? NAGC is set to release a report on state practices in admitting academically ready chidren to kindergarten. Apparently, many states sort students by age rather than ability. Read more.

MEDIA USE: HOW CAN THIS BE? A USC study estimates that by 2015 Americans will consume media for more than 15 hours a day. The study breaks media into 30 types and gives some astounding figures on the aggregate amount of data consumed every day. Find out more.

DILBERT, in today's comic, admits he's "not good at reading people." Is he an Aspie? Or just naive?  Find the strip.

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