We hope all of our readers are enjoying a vibrant
and invigorating autumn. Here in Minnesota, our deciduous forests are ablaze in
reds and yellows. It's perfect weather for outdoor activities like hiking and
We do want to thank those of you who participated
in the NAGC survey. I know your responses will prove to be very helpful to
Sincerely, Kathy Hara, Editor
Grouping Students by Ability
phrase often used by Dr. Ruf is this: "Grouping children by age makes as much pedagogical
sense as grouping them by height." Here's another favorite: "Put children in
classrooms where what they are ready to learn is already being taught."
simple - and even as inexpensive - as this sounds, we believe this approach is
the best for educating children of every intellectual range.
to an article in USA Today, grouping students by ability is an old idea
becoming new again, with school districts from Alaska to Maine relying less and
less on age to determine grade level. We hope we will see more and more
districts adopt this practice to meet their students' needs.
|Lost in Lexicon|
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers, is a fantasy adventure for students in
grades 5-8. The author hopes it will serve as a reminder that there's more to
childhood than video games, iPads, and computers. The story involves two 13-year-old
cousins who are staying with their eccentric old great aunt for the summer.
It's an idyllic life except that their aunt won't allow them to watch
television or use computers in the evenings. The reader will be challenged with
language, math, and other elements as the cousins begin an adventure to help
find Lexicon's missing children.
author, Pendred (Penny) Noyce, is a physician, educator, and writer. Her
father, Robert Noyce, was co-inventor of the integrated circuit (computer chip)
and one of the founders of Intel.
nothing inherently wrong with pixels, in moderation" says Noyce. "It's when kids
overlook the beauty and the magic of language and numbers that they lose out on
what makes childhood such a wonderful time - and that's a crime that I think we
can all solve together."
can download the first three chapters of Lost in Lexicon on Dr. Noyce's
plenty of other interesting things to find on the site, as well. There's a
games page with a fun and challenging Pong-type of arcade game, there are rules
for playing some new (non-computer) games, and a few recipes for treats such as
Punctuation Trapping Chocolate Chip Cookies (wrap these cookies well to keep
them away from ravenous commas and exclamation points!). In addition, there are several blogs written
by the author and by some of the books' characters.
|Save the Words|
All I can say about this site - www.savethewords.org - is to check it out. I didn't realize there could be that many words I've never heard of before. And they're all up for adoption.
|In Minnesota: MCGT CHAT Night|
The first CHAT night of the 2010-11 school year is tomorrow, Thursday,
October 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny
Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley. It is sponsored by the Rosemount-Apple
Valley-Eagan MCGT Chapter. The topic will be gifted girls and teens. The
evening's facilitator is Megan Bearce, MA. MFT, who specializes in working
with gifted girls, teens, and women.
|In Minnesota: Super Science Saturdays|
can be a scientist, engineer or inventor at The Bakken Museum!
and what the buzz was about in the turn of the 19th century when
people were experimenting with animating the dead with the new technology of
the day--the battery. Learn about Mary Shelley's inspiration for Frankenstein
and the scientist, Aldini, whose īmoving deadī made many wonder if electricity
was the answer to life itself! Check out demonstrations with electricity
that will make your muscles twitch!
Every Saturday the
museum features hands-on science activities, experiments and challenges from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities are included with the cost of general
|In Minnesota: Gifted and Talented Youth Week|
Governor Tim Pawlenty, at the request of the
Minnesota Council of Gifted and Talented (MCGT), has declared the week of
October 30 to November 6 Gifted and Talented Youth week.
This coincides with MCGT's annual conference, which
will take place Saturday, November 6, at the downtown Minneapolis campus of The
University of St. Thomas. The keynote speaker this year will
be Dr. Edward R. Amend, a clinical psychologist at Amend Psychological
Services. Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of
gifted and talented youth, adults, and their families. Dr. Amend's keynote
address will be "What is Giftedness - Myths and Assumptions."
In addition to the keynote, there will be breakout sessions on a variety
of topics for adults, full day and half day classes for kids in kindergarten
through seventh grade, and an array of interesting exhibits and
information. The conference is open to non-members. Registration is
5 Levels of Gifted:
School Issues and
Dr. Ruf's book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly published as Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind), is available through Great PotentialPress.
of the Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment. Don't leave your
child's education to chance! Find out today what your child needs to succeed in
school. For more information, go to www.TalentIgniter.com.
| Deborah Ruf
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