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Schools for gifted kids

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2008.10.13 at 19:59
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I am currently taking a class on alternative education.  As part of our study of school reform, we're supposed to identify the needs of the local student population & design schools to meet these needs.  (These are Evanston, IL students in districts 65 and 202).  My proposal argued for the importance of gifted education, both to gifted kids and to the larger society.  You can find it here: http://thedeadqueen.livejournal.com/94399.html#cutid1

Your thoughts?

Further questions...
Did anyone attend a school for gifted kids?  If you did, what was your experience like?  Would you recommend it to someone else?
If you didn't, would you want to attend such a school?
If you could design the perfect program for you, what would it look like?
How would you attract mainly gifted kids to a school if the only admission method you're allowed to use is random lottery?

Explaining Giftedness

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2008.09.02 at 11:07
Current Mood: curiouscurious
If you were going to try to explain to someone who's not gifted (according to your way of defining it) what it feels like to be gifted, what would you want most to explain?  What would you find hardest to explain?

Would you just talk about your own experience, or friends', or would you also refer to writing about gifted people?

Would you try to explain it at all?


Introspection, Typing, and the like

Posted by 0_0dbo_o on 2008.08.11 at 00:27
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It's been - what, nearly a year since most people here have posted anything? I suddenly feel a desire to.

How many gifted teens spend a lot of time in introspection? Examining your own thought processes? How do you feel about forms of 'typing' them - such as the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator, Socionics, or the Enneagram of Personality?

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Gender Role Awareness and Giftedness

Posted by napthia9 on 2007.09.12 at 21:42
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So, I was thinking. Somewhere over in tamara_raymond's journal, thedeadqueenposted this comment:
Gifted people tend to show more traits that are stereotypically "opposite gender" as well as the ones that are stereotypically their gender. To be a little less convoluted, gifted women act more competitive/aggressive/etc. and gifted men act more emotionally intelligent/articulate/etc. (This is not my insight, this is psychological research I've read various places)."

Upthread, cmonkid posted this:
Mister Plum talked about the distinction in self-expression between the "gifted" male students and the average ones. He said there was too much testerone in the latter inhibiting their responses to the assigned text, whether those be emotional, intellectual, or an inseparable combination of the two. In the gifted class, he observed that the guys were more comfortable with having insight and sharing it too.

To which tamara_raymond replied:
Mr. Plum makes sense. But--not only is emotion girly, but so is intellect? That's...well, I don't feel I've ever witnessed girls "dumbing themselves down" to make themselves less intimidating toward boys, as the theory goes; in fact, usually it seems to be the opposite. I don't know if that's the motive, but it does seem that a lot of boys aren't comfortable being smart, and that this is a sign of "not enough testosterone."

Now, I'd prefer to back up our personal experiences with some research or statistics, but I'm way too busy/lazy/tired to go and look for them. Anyway, what I wanted to do is speculate on why the gifted are less gender-typical? Is it because gifted kids are more likely to understand the social construction of gender, and so they are less likely to believe that they -must- act like a stereotypical wo/man in order to be satisfied? Perhaps it has to do with the socio-economic/cultural background of the people typically identified as gifted or placed in honors classrooms. Or maybe gifted kids are taught to value academic/professional success over success at gender-typical activities such as make-up or sports? Or maybe this is an unfair characterization of the nongifted, based on untested assumptions, stereotypes, and pre-existing bias.

What do you all think?

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.07.20 at 10:42
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And now for a subject near and dear to my heart:

Do you procrastinate?  When do you do it, and what methods do you use?

My own answers below, in a cut.

Oh--and if none of my topics interest you, feel free to ignore them and post your own.  I have no agenda, whatever you want to talk about is fine.

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I'm writing a book...

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.06.22 at 10:27
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Some of you may know that I'm writing a book for gifted teenagers, called I'm Not Weird, I'm Just Gifted!  I thought I would post the outline to this community, since it addresses every question about giftedness or gifted teens that I could think of.  I hope it will be a fruitful starting point for discussion.

Since it's long (over 32 pages), I'll post it a chapter or two at a time, and since I'm busy, I'll be posting it over several days.  

Although this is the version of the outline I'm sending to the publisher today or tomorrow, I anticipate making changes to it as I write and, of course, as you come up with points I hadn't thought of or tell me that experiences I thought were common among gifted people are really just unique to me and a few friends.

Because I have plans to publish this for real, I don't want it leaking out to the far corners of the internets.   First of all, posts of anything in my book will be marked friends-only.  Second, there are ideas here that as far as I know, are unique to this book, or at least are unique formulations of old ideas.  If you end up using these ideas elsewhere, please credit them to me!  I'd actually prefer if you kept such ideas within this community, but in case you feel tempted to use them elsewhere, please credit.  Thanks!

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Interesting article--what do you think?

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.06.14 at 09:43
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
I strongly dislike Delisle's The Gifted Kid's Survival Guide:  A Teen Handbook, but this article is brilliant.

Dealing with the Stereotype of Underachievement

James Delisle, Ph.D.
From Prufrock Press, November/December 1994 issue

The best description I ever heard of the word "lazy" is "people who are not motivated in ways you want them to be." This same description could also be given to the word "underachievement," one of the most overused and misapplied terms used in our field.


Pros and Cons

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.05.13 at 19:37
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Do you see giftedness as an advantage, a disadvantage, or both?  What do you like or dislike about it?

First thing's first...

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.05.09 at 13:46
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What do you think giftedness is?  How do you define it?  And why do you define it that way?


Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.05.09 at 13:18
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Welcome!  Let's start by introducing ourselves.  Comment here with your introduction.

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Feel free to ask me anything you want to know.

And please introduce yourself below!

(Yes, that rhyme was unintentional. :-P)