NAGC Compass Points
Nov. 21, 2012

From Where I Sit
My Colorado Rocky Mountain High

I am experiencing a Colorado Rocky Mountain high from the 59th Annual NAGC Convention!!!

There were so many wonderful components and aspects to the Convention, they are almost too numerous to mention. The local arrangements team of Colorado volunteers gave us the most amazing entertainment that showcased the varied talents of many Colorado students. The party at the Colorado Museum of History, especially the virtual ski jump, the two wonderful bands, and the John Denver sing along (yes I participated because I am a HUGE John Denver fan) gave Convention participants a wonderfully relaxing evening with friends and colleagues. Additionally, I heard time and time again from Convention participants that they felt welcomed by our Colorado volunteers who also helped attendees to navigate the convention center and the local Denver area.More

Celebrating Excellence
The Second Annual NAGC Celebration of Excellence was a joyous setting for the presentation of accolades to our field's leaders.

NAGC recognized the talents and accomplishments of our bright stars in the field of gifted education at the Celebration on Nov. 15, in Denver.More

The Learning Curve
Heard it in the Hallways

We wanted to do a quick recap of what we heard on Twitter and during various sessions. Please check out more at #nagc and #nagc12.

"Laziness. Impatience. Poor Planning. That's the definition of writer's block."
-- Ridley Pearson

Deb Delisle: behind every piece of data, every #, is the heart & soul of a child wanting to achieve. #NAGC #nagc12
-- Twitter post

Listening in on the life and influence of Sandy Kaplan. Amazing history here. #differentiatedinstructionleader #NAGC12 #nagc
-- Twitter postMore

Unwrapping the Gifted — Day 3 of the National Gifted Education Convention
Education Week
Tamara Fisher writes: "Watching Temple Grandin give a presentation is a great way to begin the day!

During the keynote time slot this morning, we were all faced with the difficult decision of choosing between Renzulli, Gardner, and Sternberg ... or Temple Grandin. I heard from many people today that they, too, struggled with these two appealing choices. I opted to see Temple since I knew I'd never hear the end of it from my students if I showed up at school next week having had the chance to see her but opting for something else. I know my students would've loved to have been in the room with me today to see her in action!"More

Gifted Girls
Irish Gifted Education Blog
It is a topic about which much research has been done and below is a summary of our chat with a collection of the links that informed it. Firstly, hope it encourages you to come along and join us for a chat on Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. If you need instructions, check out our Twitter Guide. More

How to commit to your creativity
The Creativity Post
Sure, sometimes the well runs dry and we struggle to generate creative ideas, but more often, we have so many creative ideas that we have difficulty committing to one and getting started. We can get really creative about how we avoid creating-surfing the internet for "research," checking Facebook to see what our creative friends and colleagues are doing, baking cookies, watching TV, talking on the phone — the list is likely endless. More

Child Prodigies Show Links with Autism
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
There is an over-representation of autism among child prodigies and their families, with child prodigies exhibiting exceptional working memory and attention to detail, according to a study published in Intelligence. Joanne Ruthsatz, Ph.D., from The Ohio State University in Columbus, and Jourdan B. Urbach, from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., took the developmental histories of eight child prodigies (in art, math, music and gastronomy) and tested them for intelligence (via the Stanford-Binet 5th ed. full scale) and autistic traits (via the Autism-Spectrum Quotient).More

Brain Basics: The Power of Visualization
Psychology Today
Christopher Taibbi, writes: "My last article focused, oddly enough ... on focus — namely, how to help gifted students who are easily distracted by outside stimuli. Those of you with easily distracted students or children of your own know what I am talking about: you ask him to get out his homework papers and, on his way to the backpack, he finds the cat who simply has to be held." More

Illuminating the Common Core: Student work to inspire schools
Education Week
Let's face it. Studying a new set of standards is not exactly an inspirational experience for many educators. If anything, it may be unnerving, as they wonder: "How am I going to do this? What should this look like in my classroom?" More

Ten Myths About Gifted students and Programs for Gifted
CNN (commentary)
American educators have struggled for more than 40 years to define giftedness. Yet even now, there is no universally agreed upon definition of what it means to be gifted. U.S. federal law defines gifted students as those who perform or who show promise of performing at high levels in any one of five categories: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability or visual/performing arts.More