Advocating for the Gifted

Advocating for the Gifted

What exactly does a “gifted coordinator” do? As a gifted coordinator, I get asked a lot of questions. Curiously, the question I probably get asked the most is not what great things are you doing, how can I be involved, or what way do we best reach our...
“Rigour” and “Hard” Are Not The Same Thing

“Rigour” and “Hard” Are Not The Same Thing

How to challenge your students with their thinking I have had a lot of conversations in my career where it is offered that the solution to the problem of challenging students is simply to add more rigor. It is as though a teacher could go to the spice rank and hunt...
Happy Accidents in the Classroom

Happy Accidents in the Classroom

Why gifted students are so reluctant to make mistakes When I am sitting and flipping through the television channels, there are a few things that cause me to pause. One is the movie A Few Good Men. I always stop when I come across a baseball game too. The third thing...
Tired of SMART Goals; Try Some DUMB Ones Instead

Tired of SMART Goals; Try Some DUMB Ones Instead

Balancing data with important 21st-century skill sets One idea that has permeated education for the past few years is that of data, and using it to drive and shape instruction. This is a great idea because you as the teacher find out what is working effectively in...
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

The reality is in the middle with growth bands In the past few years, the idea of growth mindset has gained a lot of traction in education. The general idea behind growth mindset, a concept put forth by psychologist Carol Dweck, is that everyone has the ability to...