Reframing Gifted Education Delivery

My proposal? That we assemble a virtual team of parents of gifted students and gifted students themselves and focus on creating a new learning environment for gifted learners.

If you are interested please sign up for the course on the Venture Lab website and then come and find me on the course Discussion Forum during the first two weeks of the program (I have no idea what that interface looks like yet but I am sure we can figure it out.) Because I want to create an innovative model I want to keep the team confined to parents of academically gifted students and academically gifted students. Why? Because many of us have already been creating innovative blended learning models out of necessity (the mother of invention, remember?)

True to the promise

My own opinion was formed as I went to bed – I really believed that Romney owned it. This was somewhat confirmed by my Yellow dog Democrat husband who was audibly crashing around the kitchen after the debate and shouting out angrily during it (we watched the debate in separate rooms on separate floors of the house.) I will say that Romney was well prepared by his sparring partner Ohio Senator Rob Portman. Obama seemed tired, annoyed and ill prepared.

The Debates and Social Media

Juicing the numbers? You bet. Not only is it extremely likely that both campaigns will have salted the stream with nuggets of tweets (even going so far as to publish suggested tweets to enthusiastic followers) but hashtags will be appropriated, promotions parried, and retweets employed by both parties to both amplify and mock.

I will not be participating in the Twitter folly tomorrow night. I believe the presidential debates are too important to be viewed through the filter of social media. I also make it a practice to never, and I mean NEVER, watch the commentator responses immediately following a debate. I prefer to sit back and synthesize everything I have heard – framing the statements, bravado and truth meter. Check back here on Thursday for my take aways.

STEM and the Gifted Student

I believe we have to nurture our academically talented students if we have any expectation of improving our national ability to compete in the STEM fields.

What You Don’t Know About Your School Can Hurt You

Really, who dives deeply into these topics? Although I admire and totally see the necessity of internationally normed assessments – who beyond the academics creating the studies understand the caveats and exceptions that filter in to these results? As predictable as swallows to Capistrano, PISA results are published, pols and educators wring their hands in dramatic fashion and education writers brush up on the latest and greatest innovation in the works that will solve all our competitive problems.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development

A consistent application of democratic education requires differentiation for all students – even the gifted ones. Schools that do not accommodate these learners place them in highly restrictive environments. No wonder they fail to thrive.

The Importance of Being Wilder

Our annual beach vacation goes something like this: we set up shop at the beach and park it there until we are too sunburned to venture forth in the midday sun (usually about mid-week). Then my husband starts to talk about “driving up the coast a bit” to see what’s new. And that’s where he… Read More »

Politics and writing

Whoa. I just noticed that an entire month has whipped by with nary a blog post on Race to the Middle. And here we are entering one of the most exciting election cycles in recent history. I haven’t been idle – I have been blogging away on World of Learning and creating digital profiles for… Read More »

Blended Learning – Round Two

Blended learning is the most recent buzzword ine education reform these days. Parents of high ability children have sought out and implemented blended learning for decades to helo meet the education needs of their children. What has belnded learning taught them?