Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Educating Educators, ADHD, Creative Children, and More

PROGRESS. Northeastern Illinois University is establishing a gifted teacher endorsement to students pursuing a Master of Arts in Gifted Education. According to the university, it is the first university in Illinois to offer the endorsement. "Coursework includes a solid foundation in the nature of giftedness, identification of the gifted (including underrepresented groups and students with multiple exceptionalities), program planning, gifted curriculum, differentiated educational strategies and program evaluation." Find out more.

ADHD MICRONUTRIENT TREATMENT. A University of Canterbury (New Zealand) study showed improvements in children's symptoms of ADHD when they were treated with a mixture of 36 micronutrients. A larger trial is underway. Find out more.

ADHD MEDS. A Canadian researcher says that warnings about the danger of ADHD meds in terms of increasing the potential for suicide can be misleading. “Health Canada has issued a series of black-box warnings about the suicidal potential of ADHD medications. However, these warnings have failed to take into account epidemiological studies showing the opposite, that increased use of this medication has been associated with reduced suicide risk in adolescents." Is this a concern at your house? Read more.

RAISING A CREATIVE CHILD may be partly a matter of not instituting too many household rules, contends a writer at The New York Times, who notes that most prodigies go on to be "excellent sheep." Comparing the upbringing of notably creative architects with less creative peers, the author says, "Yes, parents encouraged their children to pursue excellence and success — but they also encouraged them to find 'joy in work.' Their children had freedom to sort out their own values and discover their own interests. And that set them up to flourish as creative adults." Read more.

MATH PROBLEMS? Or rather, problems with math at your house? Summit Center is offering a webinar on February 4 titled "Math Difficulties: Reasons and Remedies" by educational therapist Nancy Knop. Find out more.

RTI -- WHAT SCHOOLS CAN DO and not is the topic of the current issue of Wrightslaw's Special Ed Advocate. If that 2e child you raise or teach is entangled with RTI, check out this article.

SOMETHING ELSE TO WORRY ABOUT -- BPS, a BPA substitute, described by UCLA researchers as not necessarily safer because of its effects on reproduction. ("Meet the new boss...") Read more.

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