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Giftedness

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

Enough With the 'Is My Child a Genius/Gifted?' Nonsense

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Laura Lifshitz

Remind your child today what being a kid is all about. Finding joy in the everyday adventures and realizing that there is adventure in the every ordinary, below-average day, because to a child nothing is truly ever ordinary.

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

From Perfection to Personal Bests: 7 Ways to Nurture Your Gifted Child

Signe Whitson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

A teacher has identified your child as potentially "gifted" and wants to send him or her for further testing and evaluation. Flash forward: the tests are completed, your child is a whiz. What wonderful news! It was in my family. Until all of a sudden, it wasn't anymore.

Why Passion Is a Gift

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

Why don't we view passion and interest as gifts?