Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The End of Average, NYC Confeence, Movie Screenings, A Love Letter, and More

THE END OF AVERAGE is the title of a book written by a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. One the one hand, the traditional way of using data was to "rely on group averages to understand individuals and predict individual performance," according to a reviewer of the book. But as parents of gifted or 2e children -- or of any child -- know, "average" doesn't help much in raising or teaching kids. The book's author posits that "all human characteristics are multi-dimensional." You've likely seen this in the "jagged" assessment scores for that 2e child in your life. So, on the other hand, according to the reviewer, "really enormous data, with many observations of a single person’s biology and behavior taken over time and in different contexts, may yield a far better understanding of that individual than do group norms." Find the review.

AN EXAMPLE OF "The End of Average." Research into mood and psychotic disorders has advanced to the extent where biochemical hypotheses explaining the aetiology of a particular illness may be individualized to more accurately target one or more underlying pathology in a specific patient or subgroup of patients, hence achieving more effective disease modifying therapy. No more "one size fits all." Read more.

ABOVE-AVERAGE IN STUBBORNNESS? A study indicates that children who are stubborn or rule-breaking might be more successful as adults, at least insofar as earning more money. The researchers had various possible explanations for this correlation, not all of them high-minded. Read more.

NEAR MANHATTAN? The Quad Preparatory School has announced details of the upcoming March conference "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education." The opening reception will feature clincian/writer/speaker Michelle Garcia Winner on "social thinking." Scott Barry Kaufman is scheduled to present a keynote on the link between twice-exceptionality and creativity. Also scheduled: a screening of the movie "2e: Twice Exceptional." Find out more.

JEN THE BLOGGER riffs on giftedness during the life cycle in "A Love Letter to Giftedness." Among her musings: "I never expected to be homeschooling, and certainly not because of you (and your sidekick 2e)." Find the blog.

SQUIRMING IS OKAY if you're a kid with ADHD, according to research from Florida State University. The research shows that children often fidget or move when they are trying to solve a problem, and that movement may have a positive effect on children with ADHD. You can find a study write-up at Science Daily or find the results online, as published in The Journal of Attention Disorders.

HR 3033, THE READ ACT, has been signed into law by President Obama. The bill will "require the President's annual budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct research on dyslexia." Find out more.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, has upcoming screenings at:

  • Harriton High School, 600 N. Ithan Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on March 1 at 7 p.m. More information by email from KLRenard@aol.com
  • Quad Preparatory School/Cooper Union during the "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education" conference, 41 Cooper Square, New York, on March 18 at 3:30 p.m.; information at http://www.quadprep.org.
  • The Arena in Melbourne, Australia, sponsored by Kids Like Us, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. More information by email from catherine@kidslikeus.org.au
  • During the Reel/Ability film festival in New York City next month. Find out more

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