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"Creativity is an elusive factor in its relationship to giftedness. Many writers have alluded to the necessary but insufficient component of high intelligence to activate creativity and the reality that many high IQ people are not creative. So what is creativity and how do we foster it in children and young adults?" Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Creativity as an Elusive Factor in Giftedness

Creativity as an Elusive Factor in Giftedness Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Creativity is an elusive factor in its relationship to giftedness. Many writers have alluded to the necessary but insufficient component of high intelligence to activate creativity and the reality that many high IQ people are not creative. So what is creativity and how do we foster it in children and young adults?
 
The Divergent Thinker Recommended by Deidre V. Lovecky
Divergent thinkers have a real preference for unusual, original and idiosyncratic responses. Being a divergent thinker irritates and upsets other people who often feel the divergent one should sit down and shut up, and wonder why he or she can't just be like everyone else. It does not occur to most people that the divergent thinker can't stop being divergent. One cannot blend into a crowd if the crowd is so different from oneself that it is not camouflage. It's like trying to hide an elephant in a flock of chickens by telling the elephant to squat down and cluck a lot...
 
Busted for Doodling... by Allison
A crime worthy of punishment... deliberate and persistent doodling.  What are the creative gifted child's options for dealing with untenable educational situations?
 
The Coincidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Creativity by Bonnie Cramond
Schools and families can best prevent misinterpretation of a child's behaviors by becoming aware of those indicative of high creativity and attempting to sort out the disabling from enabling ones. This is no small task... 
 
Cognitive Benefits of Learning Languages in the Duke Gifted Letter
It is critical that foreign language instruction be available to all students throughout their PK-12 academic experience. Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare to live and work in a global society.  Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of second language learning not only on student’s linguistic abilities but on their cognitive and creative abilities as well... 
 
Creating Creative Children by Lisa Van Gemert
Becoming too fixated on what is often called “Big C” creativity (world-changing ideas) can prevent people from
opening themselves up to “little c” creativity, the nearly mundane problem solving that we engage in virtually every day... To paraphrase Louis Pasteur, creativity favors the prepared mind. The idea that it should be effortless, that if you must work for ideas you are not truly creative, somehow persists, even though virtually every individual recognized as original would argue the point... (requires Adobe Reader)
 
Creativity and Occupational Accomplishments Among Intellectually Precocious Youths: An Age 13 to Age 33 Longitudinal Study by Jonathan Wai, David Lubinski, and Camilla P. Benbow
Tracks intellectually precocious youths (top 1%) over 20 years. Examines the significance of age 13 ability differences within the top 1% for predicting doctorates, income, patents, and tenure at U.S. universities ranked within the top 50. Positive findings on above-level assessment with the SAT ... generalize to occupational settings. Precocious manifestations of abilities foreshadow the emergence of exceptional achievement and creativity in the world of work; when paired with preferences, they also predict the qualitative nature of these accomplishments... (requires Adobe Reader)
 
Creativity as an Elusive Factor in Giftedness by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Creativity is an elusive factor in its relationship to giftedness. Many writers have alluded to the necessary but insufficient component of high intelligence to activate creativity and the reality that many high IQ people are not creative. So what is creativity and how do we foster it in children and young adults?
 
Developing Creativity in Gifted Children: The Central Importance of Motivation and Classroom Climate by Beth A. Hennessey
Given their obvious talents and intellectual superiority early in life, surprisingly few gifted children grow up to be creative adults. while much of the research and theorizing that has been done on creativity and the gifted has concentrated on the role played by these children's academic superiority in the creative process, a high level of intelligence is but one of the necessary ingredients for creative performance...
 
Do Impostor Feelings Dampen Your Creativity? by Douglas Eby
Even very talented people may experience fraud or impostor feelings, which can lead to insecurity about their abilities, despite their accomplishments. Jodie Foster holding her Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, “I always feel like something of an impostor. I don’t know what I’m doing.” ... Stephen King relates a story about his high school teacher critiquing some of his work: “What I don’t understand, Stevie, [my teacher said] is why you’d write junk like this… You’re talented. Why do you want to waste your abilities?” “I was ashamed. I have spent a good many years since — too many, I think — being ashamed about what I write.
 
Fostering Academic Creativity in Gifted Students (ERIC Digest #484) by Paul E. Torrance and Kathy Goff
Positive ways parents can foster and nurture the growth of creativity: Encourage curiosity, exploration, experimentation, fantasy, questioning, testing, and the development of creative talents. Provide opportunities for creative expression, creative problem-solving, and constructive response to change and stress...
 
Four Faces of Creativity: The Continuing Plight of the Intellectually Underserved by Daniel Keating
The vast majority of highly academically able children and youth are poorly served by the present educational system. Although there are exceptions, it remains true that these students are not, by and large, receiving the kind of education best suited to their needs...
 
High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker by Bertie Kingore
Identification of gifted students is clouded when concerned adults misinterpret high achievement as giftedness.  Educators with expertise in gifted education are frustrated trying to help other educators and parents understand that while high achievers are valuable participants whose high-level modeling is welcomed in classes,  they learn differently from gifted learners...
 
Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum for Gifted Students (ERIC Digest #631) by Joan Franklin Smutny
Studies have shown that the arts can significantly advance gifted students' academic and creative abilities and cognitive functioning. This is a strong rationale for making the arts an essential feature of gifted education...
 
Introduction to Creativity and Giftedness: Three Decades of Inquiry and Development by Donald J. Treffinger
The interactions between gifted education and creativity span a common time line of more than 30 years of theory, research, development, and application in both areas... (requires Adobe Reader)
 
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity a TED talk
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity...
 
Literature and the Liberal Arts by Judith Wynn Halsted
The liberal arts are not just the humanities -- they include art, music, literature, history, and philosophy, yes; but also math, and the natural and physical sciences...
 
Marylou Kelly Streznewski interview by Douglas Eby
Finding time for writing or other creative pursuits is one of the biggest challenges...  But it can't begin too early: to encourage girls who want to be artists, that they are entitled to that.
 
Music maestro: some of the best software begins with a blank screen by Del Siegle
What makes an empty container so attractive? Creative possibilities. Parents and educators can learn from the lesson of children at play with empty boxes when selecting software. While a myriad of quality educational software programs exist, some of the best programs resemble an empty box...
 
Nurturing Creative / Artistic Giftedness in American Indian Students by Jill LaBatte
Discusses the importance of nurturing creative/artistic giftedness in American Indian students. Although the educational system has ignored the creative/artistic expression as gifted, research findings offer teachers direction in terms of identifying creative/artistic gifted and talented students, provide alternative definitions, and present "wholistic" curriculum strategies based on brain structure. Emphasis rather than neglect of creative/artistic methods of teaching is stressed to enhance the potential of gifted and talented American Indian students
 
The Origins and Ends of Giftedness by Ellen Winner
Five issues about giftedness are discussed with reference to gifted children (including child prodigies) and autistic/retarded savants. Origins and causes of giftedness are explored. The view that giftedness is entirely a product of training is critiqued, and evidence is shown for atypical brain organization and innate talent in gifted children: many gifted children and savants have enhanced right-hemisphere development, concomitant language-related difficulties, and auto-immune disorders. Intense intrinsic motivation, particular social and emotional difficulties, evidence for the often uneven cognitive profiles of such children, and the tenuous relationship between childhood giftedness and "big-C," or "domain" creativity in adulthood is discussed... (requires Adobe Reader)
 
The Playful Poet: 12 Fun Ways to Enhance Your Creativity 
There comes a time in every poet’s life when you simply aren’t inspired. There’s no spark; the flame has died; and your passion has up and left you... find ways to rekindle creativity for every type of creative person... through play!
 
Prezi Recommended
A creative new way to create a presentation. Tutorials and sample Showcase too!
 
Professor makes black hole breakthroughs, ballads by Elizabeth Landau, CNN
"Attracted by your gravity, your body's so compact / Pulling me inward, prepare for close contact," Boston University astronomer Alan Marscher sings in his song about a deep-space object known as a black hole.  he began writing his own songs tailored to specific lectures like "Superluminal Lover," a black hole ballad full of physics and innuendo...
 
Programming Opportunities for Students Gifted and Talented in the Visual Arts by Gilbert A. Clark, Indiana University and Enid Zimmerman, Indiana University
In most classrooms, the needs of atypical students of all kinds are not served adequately, partly because these students need differentiated curricula and programming opportunities designed specifically to serve their unique characteristics, and few voices have been raised to recognize or help meet the needs of students gifted and talented in the visual arts... (requires Adobe Reader)
 
Study confirms sleep essential for creativity (AP)
German scientists say they have demonstrated for the first time that our sleeping brains continue working on problems that baffle us during the day, and the right answer may come more easily after eight hours of rest...
 
Underserved Gifted Population: Responding to Their Needs and Abilities (Perspectives on Creativity Research) Recommended by Joan Franklin Smutny
An anthology covering populations such as minority groups, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and gifted students with disabilities...
 
Understanding Creativity by Jane Piirto
An examination of the psychological impulses that drive the quality in human beings broadly labeled as "creativity," which also covers how parents and teachers can enhance creativity, as well as the cognitive aspect of creative writers, scientists, musicians, and physical performers, as well as ways to assess and train creativity.  Previously titled Understanding Those Who Create
 
What If Einstein Had Taken Ritalin? ADHD's Impact on Creativity by Jeff Zaslow, in The Wall Street Journal
In chemistry labs, students who used to mix chemicals haphazardly, out of an insatiable curiosity, now focus on their textbooks. In English classes, kids who once stared out the windows, concocting crazy life stories about passersby, now face the blackboard -- to the great relief of parents and teachers.  But will the Ritalin Revolution will sap tomorrow's work force of some of its potential genius? What will be the repercussions in corporations, comedy clubs, and research labs?
 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't...
 
Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw by YOU, created by Bill Zimmerman, artwork by Tyler Page
Great kick-start for reluctant writers, this make-your-own take on comic books will appeal to tweens—both boys and girls, and never mind the title... With oh-so-right topics—such as music, texting, and school lockers—the book offers lots of cool links for online exploration, too...
 
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