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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Mysteries of the Brain
of the Brain. From brain research to perfect pitch, from
identification to sensory integration, from soulmates to our gifted
kids, there are so many things we just don't know or don't
understand about the gifted brain... you could fill a brain with
them! Visit and read about a few of the Mysteries surrounding
and contained in the gifted brain...
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Blog Hop: The "G" Word and
Blog Hop: Summer Reading.
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Mysteries of Giftedness: One does not equal all by
Adventures of Hahn
- “One does not equal all.” My son wrote this phrase many times his last
year in public school. He wrote it with words and in mathematic symbols as a
formula (1 ≠ ∞). He wrote his phrase in response to group discipline being
used at his school and hearing many staff members say, “One is all.” I found
the note written on tiny scraps of paper at least 20 different times. He had
a huge pile in his desk by the end of the school year...
Women, success, and harnessing inherent strengths by
Gail Post in
- Social/cultural pressure and sexism notwithstanding, what is puzzling
about this gender gap in positions of power and "traditional"
success, is that girls typically surpass boys in their development:
- Compared to boys, girls demonstrate more advanced verbal and
fine-motor skills and a longer attention span...
Mysteries of Giftedness: Hello, Old Friend, You’re Back Again by
Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
- For many, the phenomenon of giftedness may bring with it moments of
transcendence – moments when we come to see ourselves as integral parts of
the mystery – of the interconnectedness of the universe. As an example of
many transcendent moments that I have experienced, I remember a morning
summer walk on a country road. The trees on one side of me and meadows on
the other still damp with the early dew...
The Gifted Brain and Sensory Processing Disorder by Jen,
- I leaned my back against the wall, and slid down to the floor. I let the
sobs overwhelm me, and match the volume of my son who was kicking and
screaming on the hardwood floor beside me.
I felt completely inadequate as a mother.
I had heard people joke about the terrible twos, but I knew that this was
I had survived ages two, three, and four with my triplet boys already. It
had never been like this...
My Weird Brain by
- Reviewing google search terms that led to my website, I was impressed with
how many people actually looked up the term "excitable," but my favorite
search so far was, "i can be spacey but im actually very smart and do notice
things others don't"
Well that pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?
I got on a tangent today...
Who Is Gifted: The
Mysteries Surrounding Identification by
- How do I know it is springtime? I am in the middle of the gifted screening
process where we look for the students who will benefit from being included
in gifted programming as they enter into the fourth grade. As a team, we
meet and review the information that has been gathered and from that make
our determinations. Our information package includes report cards,
checklists and relevant work submitted by teachers. Parents have also
completed checklists and included their observations. At the top of the pile
are the off-level cognitive testing results. All that is left is to sift
through the information gathered, then based on the needs identified and the
resources available, make our recommendations. At first blush it feels
Mystery of Music by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- Who was the first person to realize that a sound could become a note?
Who put notes together and sang for their baby or lover? Why does music
convey feeling more effectively than words ever can? If you listen to the
music of a country, you can feel what that country is like, from the complex
music of India to the simple chants of Native Americans to the Caribbean mix
of Africa, Spain and Native Central Americans. Why does music carry a
personality that is at once both definite and yet undefinable...
The Mysteries of High Intelligence: Bravery Required by Wenda
Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life and Learning
My rational, scientific husband has had difficulty dealing
with my fascination with certain mysteries. When I first told him my topic
for this talk, he asked whether he would be able to handle it.
I reminded him that I enjoy reading the Skeptical Inquirer, and I am
grateful for the work of "bad science" critic Ben Goldacre in England. We
both recognize that science itself is sometimes an iffy proposition: What is
considered scientific truth today may change after new discoveries in the
The Awesome Weirdness of Gifted Kids by Jen Merrill,
Laughing at Chaos
- Gifted kids be weird, yo.
If you have one, or have spent any time around one, or teach one, you know
this. They are the quirkiest, funniest, weirdest creatures around. And if
you can step away from the challenging behaviors and parental angst, they're
It's taken me a long time to get to this point, to appreciate the weird in
giftedness. Yes, I've always tried to laugh at it, or at the very least poke
fun at it, but appreciate it? Not an easy thing to do, especially when
you're in the thick of one crisis after another...
Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted
- Sunlight streamed through the panes on the left as she walked down the
corridor. On the right was a row of classrooms. Those with windows facing
the hallway were reserved for the youngest students, the glass allowing
parents whose curiosity bettered them to sneak a peek at their blossoming
scholars in action.
Though she couldn’t distinguish the source, nausea permeated her stomach and
her chest tightened. She had no particular cause for concern, yet she felt
apprehension around what might be said...
the Gifted Brain by
- The gifted brain is a unique place. In fact, it is so unique that many of
the complexities of giftedness are still not fully understood. Still, there
are some common quirks that have been identified as being associated with
the gifted brain.
I came across the concept of Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) via the book SQ:
Spiritual Intelligence – The Ultimate Intelligence. In this post I share my
discoveries on SQ and invite you to reflect on this largely-undiscovered
Mysteries of SQ: Our Most Important Intelligence by guest author, Ben
- There is a third, most crucial intelligence which transcends these first
two, and this third intelligence, though it does seem to possess
transcendent qualities, does indeed have a neurological basis. Both IQ and
EQ represent kinds of thinking that can be replicated by computers—serial
and associative. Yet as humans we possess a certain awareness, and even an
awareness of that awareness, that we know intuitively no machine or computer
is capable of…
Me a guest post by M.Brinkmeyer, Supporting Gifted
- I think it's invaluable to have people in your life through whose eyes you
like to be seen. We can spend years being seen through people's eyes who see
parts of us, projections of society, and too our hearts, but often miss our
creativity, sensitivities, vulerabilities, and misunderstand our
non-conforming behaviors and needs...
party for the Tree Octopus
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- The Memory Elephant: For many people the biggest mystery about the gifted
is how their brains work. People wonder whether the gifted brain is wired
differently from the regular brain.
The Psych-Owl- Ogist: One of the enduring mysteries surrounding giftedness
is the nature versus nurture argument...
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March 26, 2019