Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Is it a cheetah? An excellent article explaining the reasons why gifted students must have their needs met in school settings.



If a cheetah is confined to a 10 X 12 foot cage, though it may pace or fling itself against the bars in restless frustration, it won't run 70 mph.
IS IT STILL A CHEETAH?
If a cheetah has only 20 mph rabbits to chase for food, it won't run 70 mph while hunting. If it did, it would flash past its prey and go hungry! Though it might well run on its own for exercise, recreation, fulfillment of its internal drive, when given only rabbits to eat the hunting cheetah will run only fast enough to catch a rabbit.
IS IT STILL A CHEETAH?
If a cheetah is fed Zoo Chow it may not run at all.....

A school system that defines giftedness (or talent) as behavior, achievement and performance is as compromised in its ability to recognize its highly gifted students and to give them what they need as a zoo would be to recognize and provide for its cheetahs if it looked only for speed.

This article, written by Stephanie S. Tolan, is one of my favourites and a must read for anyone who wants to understand more about why gifted students must have their needs met in schools. Click here for the whole article.

What to say to calm an anxious child

It’s time for school. The bus will arrive any minute. Maybe today will be the day! But then you hear it: “Mom, I don’t want to go to school.” Your heart sinks. Here we go again. Every day it’s the same conversation. The same conversation that usually ends up in tears, missing the bus and late for school again. “You’ll be fine, honey!” you say cheerfully. “There’s nothing to worry about!” But your words fall on deaf ears. Your child is fully convinced that everything will NOT be ok and that there are PLENTY of things to worry about. Sighing, read Here.