This is the third and final post in a three-part series for gifted youth that focuses on independent summer enrichment and exploration. Are you plagued by the irony of a creative child bemoaning their complete and utter boredom with summer, or with free time in general? Creativity is not only innate — it can be developed, too. Gifted youth benefit from activities that enhance existing abilities and passions as well as those that develop creative attitudes and skills. … [Read more...] about Independent Summer Enrichment and Exploration: Express Yourself!
Click here to listen! Dr. John Kane has been an instructor at Duke TIP's Summer Studies Program since 1987. Tracy sits down with him in this third episode of the Duke TIP Podcast. Among other things, John recalls his favorite TIP memory, compares his TIP courses to the college and graduate-level courses he teaches, and tells us just how many TIP t-shirts he's accumulated over the years. There's simply no better authority on what makes a Duke TIP classroom so special. Don't miss it! Subscribe … [Read more...] about The Duke TIP Podcast Episode 3: Dr. John Kane
This is the second post in a three-part series about independent summer enrichment and exploration for gifted youth. If you’re on the go this summer experiencing new places, your gifted child may jump at the chance to take the experience to a new level. A new project, a different kind of conversation, or a brief activity can spice up the time at or in between events and destinations. Here are some tips and suggestions for fun, educational activities while traveling. … [Read more...] about Independent Summer Enrichment and Exploration: On the Go!
This is the first post in a series about independent summer enrichment and exploration for gifted youth. Your child may want to know anything and everything about bugs, or Norse gods, or art history. She might even be already well on the way to becoming an amateur expert in a topic. Summer can be a great time to “go deep” — to research, explore, and mine the tunnels of a subject and find some serious treasure. We’ve got some tips and suggestions for hot topics and cool summer research projects … [Read more...] about Independent Summer Enrichment and Exploration: Digging In
Click here to listen! On our very first episode of The Duke TIP Podcast, Tracy and Katy talk with author John Claude Bemis about working with the parents of gifted students, finding age-appropriate reading for his 9-year-old daughter, and spurring creativity through travel. Tracy tells us about reading Jurassic Park at too young an age and poses a wedding-attire-etiquette dilemma to the group. Katy relives the Great Cake Pop Debacle of 2017 and mixes in some discussion on the evolution of … [Read more...] about The Duke TIP Podcast Episode 1: John Claude Bemis
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for advice from Bill Gates. Zuckerberg said, “They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?” To which Gates replied, “Oh, that is the best part! They actually give you a degree!” This recent exchange between two famous Harvard dropouts might lead you to think college doesn’t matter. Numerous media stories and even famous billionaires are glamorizing dropouts or encouraging kids to … [Read more...] about The myth of the gifted college dropout
Previous research shows that student educational experiences influence their learning as well as their future success. Beyond offering opportunities for academic acceleration and ability grouping, what can be done to help make sure talented students are learning and developing? … [Read more...] about Putting Learning Principles into Practice in Gifted Education
The youngest artist-in-the-making I ever met was six years old. Carson Rutter arrived at my office carrying a folder of his work in one hand and holding his mother’s hand with the other. Drawings of cowboys dominated his portfolio. I asked him to tell me about them. With a critical eye, he told me how he had improved since those drawings were made and that their inspiration was The Magnificent Seven. Six other art teachers later evaluated Carson’s work as that of a middle-school student. "Where … [Read more...] about Is My Child Artistically Gifted?
Parents and educators have long understood that social savvy and emotional intelligence are not to be taken for granted among gifted youths. Because they must learn to engage and play with others far less mature in interests and capabilities, social interaction can be rocky terrain. For those with Asperger syndrome, social difficulties can be especially significant. Characteristics of Asperger syndrome Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder closely related to autism and hallmarked by … [Read more...] about Does My Gifted Child Have Asperger Syndrome?
Academic acceleration and most forms of ability grouping are associated with academic achievement gains. We know that many students perform above grade level (estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of students perform above grade level in reading and between 11 and 30 percent perform above grade level in math). If we know that a great many students require atypical educational experiences, what can schools do to help match education environment with their educational need? … [Read more...] about Academic Acceleration and Ability Grouping Work