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On A Lighter Note...
Children's Bill of Rights
by Del Siegle, on NAGC
You have a right... ... to know about your giftedness, ... to learn
something new everyday, ... to be passionate about your talent area without
apologies, and more! A great poster, post it this wherever Gifted
Children work and play! (requires Adobe Reader) I never
wanted to be one of THOSE moms by Barbara Cooper
I dont want to sound like one of those horrible stage mothers frankly,
I was in denial about all this. But my oldest daughter is a pretty special
child. I mean, ALL children are special but shes special in a quantifiable
way. But... And then there is The
Apology. Why do we feel we have to apologize for what our children
are, for what we are?
"Us Pink Monkeys have a tough time finding one another. The trouble
is that we all learn to wear our Brown Monkey suits to avoid being attacked,
which means that we not only can't really relate to the other Brown Monkeys,
we have a hard time identifying the other Pink Monkeys."
retold by Cici
Clovis, in Legend of the Pink Monkey
- All Children Are Gifted
by Michael Clay
- Originally printed in Our Gifted Children... Haven't we heard
Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List
by Deborah Markus, from
- We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're
in public school. Please stop drilling our children...
Education Quotes and
Gifted Education Quotes
collected by Carolyn K.
- Here are some great quotations on educating our gifted
The sport for gifted kids of all ages
- By popular demand, the sport that is sweeping the World! Follow Hoagies'
Gifted Education Page guide to getting started in Geocaching. Step by
step, it's easy. You can do it! Alone, with your spouse, your
family or your scouts or students, geocaching is a sport that has something
This is a Gift, Can I Send It Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and
by Jen Merrill, author of
at Chaos (or from
Join Jen on her journey of discovery, acceptance, and understanding, as
she brings humor and wit to the challenges that only the gifted and twice
exceptional can create... read this yourself, or read it aloud to your
parenting partner, but whatever you do, do NOT read this in a quiet waiting
Legend of the Pink Monkey retold by Cici
"Us Pink Monkeys have a tough time finding one another..."
Metaphorically Speaking: Metaphors for Gifted Education
Excellent analogies and metaphors explaining gifted education, and the
ever-present myth, All Children Are Gifted"...
Music for the Gifted Mind a
Hoagies' Page collection
Eclectic Music Selections for folks faced with the daily realities of the
world, including kids music that won't drive parents batty, teens music that
won't offend, and more!
by John S. Taylor, Superintendent, School District of Lancaster, South
Carolina (previously titled Absolutely the Best Dentist)
"Did you hear about the new state program to measure the effectiveness of
dentists with their young patients?" I said.
"No," he said. He didn't seem too thrilled. "How will they do that?"
"It's quite simple," I said...
Also read No
Child Left Behind: The Football Version
Not On the Test
A new song that sings close to home for gifted kids...
Official Home Page of the PG Cult
Are you a member?
don't give my child an "A"
by a gifted parent
The lament of every gifted parent!
by Karen L.J. Isaacson
A humorous look inside the home of 5 very gifted children... from the
mom's point of view. Prepare to have your funny bone tickled! And
now the sequel...
in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up With Gifted Minds. It's not only
rip-roaringly funny, but full it's of great ideas, some of which you do NOT
want your kids to find out about!
Ridiculous Things I Heard Today
edited by Carolyn K.
All the collected 'wisdoms' imparted on us by the "professionals" and the
collected by Carolyn K.
Urban Legends Reference Page
Not specifically about gifted, but debunks all those myths that tug our
heartstrings... or occasionally confirms them! If you don't believe
Snopes, read XKCD's perspective on Snopes...
|Grade Skipped and Successful Individuals who skipped one or more grades, and are successful
in their fields... from scientist to actress to Nobel Prize winners...|
Homeschoolers So many children throughout modern history have been home schooled, and then
become highly successful members of our society...|
|2e = Exceptional Squared! Successful people who have capitalized on their
exceptional learning styles! |
by Kaye Starbird
A great poem about a gifted young child. Tony could be your child or mine!
1985 Australian TV drama for children (YouTube, in 5 parts)
This movie has helped more than a few gifted children self-identify and
begin the path to self-understanding...
by Taylor Phillips
YouTube video of a Taylor performing her excellent poem for gifted kids...
don't miss it! (text of
Well, Thank You)
Tell Overture for Moms
by Anita Renfroe
Feeling like a broken record? Listen to this one!
You Know You're The Parent of a Gifted Child
edited by Carolyn K.
Other parents of gifted children will understand... Also read
You Know You're the Parent of a Gifted Child When...
13 Days of Radical
Acceleration by Michael
On the first day of high school, my classmates said to me, "How can
you be in high school when you're so young?"
Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité
The greatest compilation of crazy English pronunciation and spelling I've
ever seen! Originally printed by New River Project in 1993...
Lyrics Time and again, parents of GT kids recognize their children's
stories in Harry Chapin's lyrics...
Application Follies: A Cautionary Tale by Valerie Bock
A timeline, for your amusement, and for those of you who have yet to
experience this, a cautionary tale...
Are Red "There's no need to see flowers any other way than they
way they always have been seen" |
Puppet "Don't you know that you don't need to grow up all
Do Little Girls? "The boys were taught to tumble, the girls told
not to fall"|
|and related, Cat's
In the Cradle "And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew, He'd
say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad."|
by Scott Adams
Often right at home for gifted engineering types...
Our Middle School Have ADHD? by Lynn Ayers
In the middle of the night, having devoted most of the evening to
extracting an acceptable one-page essay from a brilliant twelve-year-old, I
was struck by an astounding revelation. I think it’s highly likely that our
school may have ADHD!
Extra Easy Evaluation Battery (DWEEEB)
For when all the testing and results are just a little too much to deal
with, a battery that's sure to give results...
printed in The Instructor, April. 1968
One time the animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running,
climbing, flying and swimming, and all the animals took all the subjects.
Or view the
beautifully animated version at
Raising Small Souls...
by Barbara Cooper, author of so the
A Rare Sighting "...together we can create a sanctuary where our fragile, exotic, little
flamingos can grow and thrive out in the open, but away from those who would
deny them that basic right. Which seems like a dream as big as the whole world
but now that I think about it, its not really asking so very much."
Check out the long awaited new
Flamingos column, A Rare Update "As for me, I wrote the first Flamingos column and then I
went straight into denial. I didnt want to write this column and I didnt
want to be the mother of a gifted kid and I didnt..."
kid sounds SO familiar...
Patterns and links for gifted knitters, or the knitting gifted, or...
includes all sorts of other needlework, quite popular with gifted folks!
Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut (1961)
Vonnegut's famous story; consider whether Nietzsche wasn't on to something
when he criticized the naive idea of human equality...
Restoring Faith in Humanity... One Story at a Time.
Diverse, international voices around the world - reminding us that people
are good, that individuals and individual action matter
Homeschool Spin: The
A humorous response to a very negative CBS segment on homeschooling...
These children are being forced to read and learn. Their home is cluttered
with books and so-called educational objects
to Spin a Pencil Around Your Thumb (a corollary to how to twiddle your thumbs)
IEPs According to Dr. Seuss Author
Just a fun little song (parody of "I will survive") for all of us who've
If Dr. Seuss had a gifted
child.... by Mary Beth Northrup
A terrific poem about our gifted kids, written in traditional Seuss-ian style
Intelligent Life in the Classroom: Smart Kids & Their Teachers
by Karen Isaacson & Tamara Fisher
Written to assist teachers in their journey
teaching gifted children, Isaacson and Fisher combine humor and insight to
offer teachers tons of ideas on dealing with gifted children's' curiosity,
intensity, asynchrony, sense of humor, creative and divergent thinking, and
many more traits...
Internet IQ tests. Just for fun, use at your own discretion...
Abuse by Michael McGrorty
Once a relatively rare disorder, Literature Abuse, or LA, has risen to new
levels due to the accessibility of higher education and increased college
enrollment since the end of the Second World War. The number of literature
abusers is currently at record levels...
Men Work Here a new kind of IQ test, with only one unique solution...|
Measures up to 174, in English, Czech, Finnish and other languages |
|IQ-test Ceiling of 170 for adults, 230
for children under 16... |
|IQ Test Labs intelligence
test Ceiling of 150?, no age consideration...|
Ceiling about 240 (at age 6) or 173 (adult 16+), time is considered, but only
to a point...|
|Mega Test Just for
fun, on-line IQ test measures up to 190+. One in a million...|
Lobotomized Weasel School of Writing by Crispin Sartwell, Dickenson
Today's educational establishment is making actual illiteracy look good,
like an act of humanity and rebellion. If your no-child-left-behind funds
depend on your test scores, you will teach your kids to write essays that move
a computer to tears. But the idea that computers can grade essays in the first
place is one that could only have occurred to people who have no idea how to
write or how to read...
... are gifted too! Unfortunately, I live with
Child Left Behind: The Football Version
This will create a New Age of sports where every school is expected to have
the same level of talent...
Also read No
Dentist Left Behind by John S. Taylor, Superintendent, School District of
Lancaster, South Carolina
Board by Todd McIntyre in
Paranormal Technology, Extraordinary Results! The OuiGIEP Board is a
tool that gives the GIEP Team nearly instant access to the finest minds in
gifted educational theory and practice. The OuiGIEP Board saves both
parents and districts time by providing nearly instant answers to the crucial
need of establishing present levels. No more expensive, timewasting trips to the
school psychologist or independent evaluator... (requires Adobe Reader)
and Millie Where did they find two gifted kids for this strip??
Quiddler by SET
Word card game, extraordinaire. Check out Quiddler Solitaire, new
puzzle each day!
School Life of a Gifted Child by Dawn Meier
Light reading, on a serious subject...
I wrote this to let others know where I went wrong. I should have fought
from the very beginning with a different attitude. I should have trusted my
instincts. Please, parents, always trust your instincts...
A School Year in the
Life of a Gifted Child by Lee Anderson
Every year you have a child who can't wait to start the school year,
anxious in anticipation that this year will be different. This year "I
will learn something!"
SET check out the Puzzle of the Day!
Shrub Who Stole Learning by a teenager
The Shrub hated the schools! Every little last part!
Now, dont ask ME where his issues took start.
It could be the schools didnt make him much money.
It could be that English teachers all said he talked funny.
Quite possibly it was that learning is a thing hard to chart --
Or that the Shrub, quite frankly, was not very smart...
Six-Lesson Schoolteacher by John Taylor Gatto
Teaching means many different things, but six lessons are common to
schoolteaching from Harlem to Hollywood. You pay for these lessons in more
ways than you can imagine, so you might as well know what they are...
the Thing Is... by Barbara Cooper
Not intentionally about gifted kids and families, but Oh, So Familiar! A TAG Parable by Laurie
Ever been irritated by those stereotypes about gifted kids? Here's the
same story, with a new twist
To Realize The Value of Time...
It's all in the perspective...
What Would Happen If... by
Virginia M. MacDonald
We Ran Our Football Teams As We Do Our Classrooms? or We Ran Our
Classrooms As We Do Our Football Teams?
an illustrated jocularity
A library after my own heart...
So Many Books...
A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Sound like
anyone you know?
April 01, 2014