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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Five

To help gifted children achieve flow, parents and teachers need to understand that state and if possible, experience it themselves. Flow requires an absolute release of normal attention and this means you have to trust the process first, and later … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Three

High-level skill in music, writing, and other disciplines requires hard work and close monitoring of your progress. The object is to hold yourself to a high standard, and compare your own performance with that standard. With the resulting information, you … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Two

Gifted children are typically whole in their attention when their interest is engaged. They don’t often suffer from the adult tendency to stand aside from an activity, observing their work while they are also performing it. Thus, at their deepest … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part One

Total absorption is a key state of mind for fostering creativity, and in this sense many gifted children are already well equipped. We’ve all tried to get a student’s attention when he or she is either thinking deeply or involved … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part One

I used to think I was alone in my battle with my son’s stubborn, self-directed learning until I read about Beethoven: “[he]…was so headstrong and self-sufficient that he had to learn much through harsh experience which he had refused to … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Five

At seventeen, Lewis is a folk musician who enjoys pieces from a variety of cultures and traditions. Certain pieces seem to call forth his best, and when he plays “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” you have to tap your toe, … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Four

Lewis’s mis-reading of the notation in “Don’t Bother Me” in favor of a far superior and more spirited rendition, put me in a brief quandary. If I corrected his performance, he might learn something about music-reading, but I’d be pushing … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Five

When my son stubbornly insists that his cello playing should match the perfect music he hears inside his head, I’m not disturbed until he quits a practice session too soon, stating gloomily, “I’ll never be able to play well enough.” … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Three

What happened after I assigned practice writing to Lewis, as an “end run” around his declaration that he could never write as well as Dickens? For several weeks, not much occurred. But now, after a few months of practice writing … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Two

My son, who has enjoyed writing and storytelling for many years, somehow also feels paralyzed by his own high standards. That’s when he claims he can never write as well as Dickens does. I saw that I couldn’t fight his … Continue reading

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