History of Concern The fear that technology ruins our minds and those of our children has a long history. In ancient Greece, there were concerns that the written word would harm society and lessen the respect people showed to each other. Since then, similar concerns have been shared about novels, radio, movies, television, and the internet. These concerns typically involve worry about both the quality and the amount of the content being consumed. Many of these concerns now relate to the … [Read more...] about Screen Time and Adolescent Well-Being
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Edward R. Amend, PsyD, is clinical psychologist and highly sought-after speaker at gifted conferences who specializes in assessing and counseling gifted children and their families. Recently, TIP staff had the opportunity to hear from him about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gifted children and their families. From his perspective as a practicing clinical psychologist who works with gifted children, he shared his own general … [Read more...] about A Clinical Psychologist Talks about How To Talk about COVID-19
Click here to listen, and subscribe to the Duke TIP Podcast at Apple Podcasts! Meet Tina and Chris and their sons Elijah and Riley. They're a homeschooling TIP family that's decided to take their life on the road and live in a renovated school bus full-time. On this episode of the Duke TIP Podcast, we tell their story. Keep up with the family's adventures at weliveonabus.com and on Instagram (@weliveonabus). We also talk with Jennifer Lois, a professor of sociology at … [Read more...] about The Duke TIP Podcast: “I think we need to live on a school bus.”
Dear Dr. Courtright, My gifted sophomore was always a high-achiever, but as of late, he is showing signs of apathy and an overall lack of direction in his studies. During elementary school, he ended up in detention after his teacher misread his curious mind as him showing disrespect. He has been associating himself with less aspirational, even trouble-making students. I’m worried that the incident may have hurt, in some way, his perceived personal image – demoralized him – and that it may … [Read more...] about Ask the Experts: Redirecting a Demotivated Gifted Student
Dear Dr. Courtright, We are looking for resources for gifted and talented toddlers. I know your program starts at 4th grade, but any suggestions you can give us for helping our child thrive until then would be appreciated. Thank you! … [Read more...] about Ask the Experts: Talented Toddlers
Can you recommend some resources to motivate an underachieving gifted student? Dear Dr. Courtright, Information you've shared in the past about traits of gifted students was right on point for my son, who is in the 8th grade and in the TIP program. It was also highly aligned to struggles my husband and I have had with positive and negative traits. I desperately need some resources and more information that can help us accentuate the positive and reduce the negative. Do you have anything you can … [Read more...] about Ask the Experts: Underachieving Gifted Students
Click here to listen! Stuart Albright — decorated teacher, football coach, and author — opens up about his students' social media mindsets, the power of empathy in the classroom, and how creative writing can change lives. In his latest book, A World Beyond Home, Stuart delves into the struggles, transformations, and triumphs of two of his high school students. Subscribe to the Duke TIP Podcast at Apple Podcasts! … [Read more...] about The Duke TIP Podcast Episode 5: Stuart Albright
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!
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