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Imelda Conway-Duffy

Growing Jim

By the age of seven, my brother, Jimmy had discovered a whole new world: Gaelic football. For this occupation, ‘kit’ was required and it fell to my mother to ‘kit him out’ in knicks, socks, jersey and boots. A neighbour, whom we all knew as ‘The Granny’ was a ‘handy woman with a sewing machine’, and only too delighted to assemble a pair of knicks for ‘the little lad’. A couple of days after measurements were taken, we were told to stop off at The Granny’s house on our way home from school and collect them. Up beside the open fire, we were plied with lemonade and biscuits, ‘Granny’ tending to simmering pots over the fire, crooked grin and twinkling eyes an invitation to her heart, invited Jimmy to ‘grab that handle and give that wheel a turn’. He duly took hold of the handle on the giant iron wheel…

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Back to School Tips for Teachers and Parents of Gifted Kids

Your Rainforest Mind

Alicia and me Alicia and me–Sorry, I couldn’t get a photo of her teaching.

My niece, Alicia, is a middle school English teacher. She loves, I mean LOVES, her job. I can imagine her in a classroom finding creative and sensitive ways to meet the needs of all of her little darlings. She’s the teacher we all want. The teacher who will change us in unexpected ways.

I’m guessing that you had one of those teachers and that you remember his or her name. That you’re grateful for the kindness or the intellectual excitement or the books s/he put into your hands.

I was a teacher, too, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Sixth grade, at first. Then I became a TAG (talented and gifted) teacher. I had the amazing opportunity to work with small groups of curious, funny, super-smart kids. One of them (now in his 40s) found me on Facebook the…

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6 Important Ways for Parents to Nurture a Gifted Child

Useful guidance from Rebecca of PPUK

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Guest blogger Rebecca Howell is the Senior Education Consultant for Potential Plus UK. Today she writes about ways in which parents can nurture gifted children.6ways

6 Important Ways for Parents to Nurture a Gifted Child

This is a companion post to one posted earlier; 6 Important Reasons to Nurture Gifted Children. Bearing in mind the reasons given in that post for nurturing gifted children, here are 6 ways parents can nurture their gifted child.

  1. Recognise and Be Confident in Your Child’s Abilities
    Parents are often the first to recognise that their child has advanced abilities and that they need support with them. It is important for parents to know what their child is good at and how good they are at it so that they can be confident when talking about their child’s abilities. Equally, it is important to be realistic about any weaknesses they may have. Many parents…

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Gifted 101: The 6 Gifted Profiles

Highlighting the complexities

Help for both parents and teachers — free parent resources also below!

by Emily VR

The situation:  It’s the first month of school. You’re a teacher, and your class includes a few gifted-identified children. You’ve worked hard to plan and differentiate your lessons.  All of your students seem engaged, except… one of your gifted students. He’s not doing his work, and you don’t know why. Another of your gifted students won’t attempt challenges – it’s like she’s hiding her ability. One more gifted student shows incredible insight during discussions, but he seems to struggle with reading and writing. (You’re surprised that he qualified for gifted program services.) At least one of your gifted students is wonderful – she gets straight As, and it seems like she doesn’t need anything from you!

Can all of these children be gifted? How do you cope with their mysterious differences?

Thankfully, in 1988, two leaders in gifted education provided some answers for both…

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Lugnaquilla, Co. Wicklow

Walking Ireland's County Tops

Known locally as “Lug,” this is an impressive mountain standing at 925 meters in the south of the Wicklow Mountains. It is the highest point in Leinster, not to mention Wicklow. Further, it is the 13th highest mountain in Ireland and one of 14 Irish Munros*.

My friend Ross and I walked from Glenmalure via the Fraughan Rock Glen and returned by the same route. Our walk took 4hrs 15 minutes, including 20 to 30 minutes for lunch.

This is a walk you’ll feel in your legs the next day.

* A Munro is a mountain of over 3,000 feet. Other county tops I’ll be visiting that feature in the list of Irish Munros are Carauntoohil in Kerry and Galtymore in Limerick. The term is named after Sir Henry Munro who produced a list of Scottish hills of 3,000 feet and over in 1891, the first such categorisation.

Even as…

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Imagine a World Where Gifted Kids Don’t Have to Wait

Another great insight from Paula Prober.

Your Rainforest Mind

Photography by Servando from Flickr cc Photography by Servando from Flickr cc

It all started in first grade when you eagerly finished the entire workbook in one night. You thought your teacher would be pleased. She was not pleased. You were told to sit and color the pictures and WAIT until the other first graders caught up with you.

Then there was the time they were teaching addition and you had been doing complicated calculations in your head since you were four. You were told to WAIT. You were too young to learn fractions.

When you were eleven, you were dying to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X but you were told to WAIT. That was the book everyone was required to read in high school.

When you scored in the 99th percentile in reading and math and could easily work two years above grade level, it was decided that you shouldn’t skip a grade. You needed to WAIT…

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