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July 2011
In This Issue
Top Ten Things Teachers Should Know About Gifted
Books for Mothers and Daughters
Summer Diversions for the Gifted Child
Catalog Your Library
Davidson Fellows Scholarships for 2012
Map to the Night Sky
IQ and the Work We Do
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf

Besides her years of expertise as an educational consultant, Dr. Ruf also is well established as a national and international speaker on all issues of giftedness.

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Dr. Ruf will be presenting at the 58th Annual Convention of the National Assn. for Gifted Children (NAGC) in New Orleans November 3-6.


We have heard that gifted kids often learn more during the summer than during the entire year of school. This is because they are more likely to be free to follow their own interests and delve more deeply into subjects that they find fascinating.

So I hope you will find links in this newsletter that will spark your child's curiosity and lead to more willing investigation and study.

Please remember to share this newsletter with your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn friends!



Kathy Hara, Editor



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Not all smart kids are gifted. There is so much more to "giftedness" than just being smart. Yes, intelligence is part of the equation, but I've met so many children who do well in school due to parental pressure and through plain old hard work. It's not a quantitative difference, it's a qualitative difference. And I don't mean that my kid is better than another because he's gifted - what I mean is that he is just DIFFERENT. He thinks differently about things, he looks at the world with different eyes, he experiences the world differently. His intensity goes well beyond intellect - although that might be the most obvious sign of giftedness.

--Excerpt from Top Ten Things I Wish All Teachers Knew About Giftedness by Mona Chicks



Top Ten Things Teachers Should Know About Gifted


Mona Chicks recently posted an article as a guest blogger on Creating Curriculum's blog, Top Ten Things I Wish All Teachers Knew About Giftedness. She offers a parent's perspective on the subject, and we like what she has to say.  Chicks also offers her insights on her own blog at lifewithintensity.blogspot.com



Books for Mothers and Daughters


A client of ours recently recommended the Mother Daughter Book Club, which gives lots of ideas and support for families to share a love of reading. The website owner, Cindy Hudson, is author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs. She also offers meeting planning kits for specific books, book lists and reviews arranged by age recommendations (including adults), a list of favorite authors, and even suggested books for boys! There are lots of resources included in this website that will help you find the perfect books to read and discuss.


PBS Parents, which is a great resource generally, also offers some good tips on how to start a book club, whether it be for mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, or any combination of parents and children. The site also posts book club basics, how to foster great discussions, and the many benefits of book clubs.


Summer Diversions for the Gifted Child


Here are some good resources for the child who wants to continue learning over the summer, as posted by the National Association for Gifted Children:  

PBS Video and PBS for Kids: Many PBS shows and specials are available to view online.

iTunes U: This is Apple's site for educational media. Approximately 400 colleges, schools, museums, and other approved institutions provide content through iTunes U.

Annenberg Learner: This project produces videos that are primarily intended for teachers to use for their own professional development or to show in their classrooms.

MIT OpenCourseWare: MIT, one of the first universities to open online learning to the public, offers college-level courses, many including lectures, assignments, and exams.

Catalog Your Library


Our publishers, Great Potential Press, recently made us aware of LibraryThing.com, which is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.  


No doubt many of us have so many books it's hard to keep track of them. Well, here's the solution, where you can group your books by what you own, what you've read, what you'd like to read, or even books you've lent out. This site will also help you gather cataloging information for your books.  


As I mentioned, LibraryThing is also a social networking site, where members can participate in forums or join the Early Reviewers program, where you will connect with people based on the books they share.


So check it out!


Davidson Fellows Scholarships for 2012 


Application requirements have recently been posted for DaviDavidson Fellows Logodson Fellows Scholarships. Students who are 18 or younger as of October 4, 2012, may submit projects that have the potential to benefit society and are equivalent to the depth of knowledge at college graduate level. The categories include science, mathematics, technology, music, literature, philosophy, and outside the box. Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000.



Map to the Night Sky 


If you have any interest in constellations, Astroviewer is an intriguing resource to help you identify stars and planets. The site provides downloadable and printable maps of the stars, including the night sky as it currently appears over your area of the world. The site also has an interactive night sky map. And it's available in six other languages.


IQ and the Work We Do


Here's an interesting article published in The American Scholar - Blue Collar Brilliance: Questioning assumptions about intelligence, work, and social class. This was written by Mike Rose, who is a faculty member of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and is also the author of The Mind at Work and Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us.


Rose looks at the assumption that intelligence is closely associated with formal education, which then follows with the additional assumption that work requiring less schooling requires less intelligence. "Generalizations about intelligence, work, and social class," says Rose, "deeply affect our assumptions about ourselves and each other, guiding the ways we use our minds to learn, build knowledge, solve problems, and make our way through the world."



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TalentIgniter invites you to browse the many features offered on its website, including the following:
  • Dr. Ruf's Talent Igniter Blog 
  • The Parents' Picks section (with recommendations for parents of eager little learners, starting at infancy with more age groups added weekly!)
  • Book Recommendations for people wanting to learn more about gifts, talents, and how to develop both!
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Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child

You know your child is gifted. But how does that impact day-to-day life and your role as a parent?

Written by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., and Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., this ebook is for parents who are new to the idea that their children might be intellectually advanced or gifted. The book addresses important parenting issues, including what to actually tell your child about his or her giftedness, how schools approach learning differences, best ways to provide emotional support, sibling rivalry, and more.

The book delivers lots of provocative information that will lead to hours of good discussion, debate, and further investigation and research by group or class participants studying the gifted and talented.

The book is available for purchase at www.TalentIgniter.com/products.

5 Levels of Gifted

5 Levels cover5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind). 5 Levels of Gifted, published by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families with nearly 30 years of research and experience in the field of giftedness, individual differences, and high intelligence. The book is aimed primarily at parents and vividly describes the upper 10 to 15 percent of the intellectual continuum in human beings from birth to adulthood as manifested in their behaviors, thoughts, accomplishments, and test scores. She introduces the concept of Levels of Giftedness and makes it very clear how many factors contribute to a person's intellectual levels and achievement.