Three years have passed since I wrote the popular post, 8 Things the World Must Understand About Gifted Children. Sadly, not much has changed for gifted children—they are still very much misunderstood.
The IQ Team
The annual meeting of the International Society for Intelligence Research is being held this month in Russia. The full program includes a number of fascinating lines of research on human intelligence that provide cutting edge ideas on where the science of intelligence currently is. I have pulled out just a few of them here.
The keynote speech delivered at the Indiana Association for the Gifted 1998 Annual Conference by Michael Clay Thompson has been quoted numerous times on the Internet and elsewhere in answer to questions about giftedness. This is the original speech.
Since its founding a decade ago, the California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep) has focused on improving educational and socio-emotional development of low-income, high school students who are under-represented at universities. Its development comes from a partnership of a great university, dedicated professors and educators, and a charter school organization to pave the road to college for underserved youth.
What do your gifted children need?
Gifted and talented children have a heightened ability to interact; that interaction may be with academic material, with other people, with the arts, or with other topics of interest. In most cases, that heightened ability to interact begins early and at home with parents and caregivers. So if your child is gifted, you are probably a major contributor to that interaction. How best to provide the resources your children need? The resources for parents homeschooling gifted children can be divided into these areas:
The Problemoids program was created for advanced students in math. It is based on the scope and sequence of state math curriculum guide and is grounded on the problem-solving work of distinguished mathematician, Professor George Polya (1887-1985). The program requires higher levels of thinking than the typical curriculum so is ideally suited for gifted children. It is designed for grades 4, 5 and 6 up.
At Royal Fireworks Press we publish novels about gifted and talented girls and boys. Through a wide range of genres—coming of age, historical, fantasy, sports, and the arts—we offer gifted children opportunities to see other gifted and talented children in a variety of contexts, facing a multitude of situations and problems that offer perspectives to the readers.