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Hobbies for the Midsummer Slump
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Kids of all ages love summer break, but often get bored after the first couple of weeks fly by. When kids hit that midsummer slump and start complaining about not having anything fun to do, encourage them to pick up a new hobby or project. Not everyone can afford sleepaway camps or art lessons, but there are some cheaper and generally stress-free alternatives to help cure the inevitable curse of having a 12-hour day and nowhere to go. There are hundreds of possibilities for keeping kids occupied, but these are some of the tried-and-true methods that are productive, too. read more...
Traveling for Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Summer is just beginning, and many families are planning out their vacations or visits to places all over the world. Travel is super exciting for most people, and very important when it comes to developing cooperation and independence in kids. Even a one-day road trip can be extremely useful, especially for gifted kids, in enhancing one’s sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around him or her. Staying put for too long, as often happens over summer break, can be discouraging and hinder a student’s ability to think outside the box. There are many travel programs and websites geared toward gifted students that help encourage exploration, confidence, and collaboration. read more...
Summer Reading Programs for Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
It’s no secret that when school ends, most students don’t want to think about doing math or reading books anymore. But reading over the summer, even just once a week, has many benefits. Libraries and book organizations across the world prepare at the end of every school year to promote their summer reading programs so as to encourage students to keep up with and enhance their own learning. read more...
Moving Toward Student-Centered Learning
PUBLISHED: Friday, May 04, 2018 by Katy McDowall
Our staff recently attended the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Leadership Conference, and I have come away more inspired than ever by teachers who are facilitating more student-centered, personalized learning experiences in their classrooms. Often, “student-centered” and “personalized” can cause educators to pause, as the two terms are fraught with misconceptions (e.g., providing students with personalized learning experiences requires more work on behalf of the teacher) and assumptions (e.g., there’s no time or way to give students more control in the classroom). read more...
Implementing Successful Decorating Techniques in the Classroom
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Although it’s the end of the year, and most teachers are packing up their classrooms, we thought it’d be helpful to discuss some successful decorating strategies for both traditional and nontraditional learning environments. Although it can be tempting to go all out when putting up decorations for the new school year, research shows that many students are actually more comfortable without that sensory overload. The overabundance of posters and trinkets can be disruptive to learning processes for many kids. read more...
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