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Why Brilliant Children Often Appear Slow, Part Five

Part of my problem in math class, in addition to divergent thinking, was my need to work things out for myself. I had to explore, to my full satisfaction, all those ramifications and implications about language. I didn’t want any … 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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Too Many Interests, Part Four

How did Lewis succeed in narrowing his interests just enough to be able to develop those relatively few abilities? Because he had the attention to choose the most important ones. That attention lay within, where all these activities and talent … Continue reading

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Too Many Interests, Part Three

Gradually, sometime in high school, Lewis began to settle in to a few activities out of the half-dozen or more that had pulled at him for so long. More and more he gravitated toward photographing and writing about his building … Continue reading

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Too Many Interests, Part Two

When my son Lewis was in early grade school, I thought he’d never be able to settle down to anything because he was good in so many areas. He wanted to play the cello and the piano, build shelves and … Continue reading

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The Value of a Meltdown, Part Six

Less than a week after we stopped, Lewis began begging to resume cello lessons. I wasn’t surprised; neither was I all that surprised by my own eagerness to start up again. I sensed that in the depth of my giving-up, … Continue reading

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The Value of a Meltdown, Part Five

For days after discontinuing Lewis’s cello lessons, I was so miserable that I could barely drag myself around the house, and Lewis was, too. We both missed his cello lessons, yet I just didn’t see how to resume them in … Continue reading

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The Value of a Meltdown, Part Four

After too many years of struggle, I finally told Lewis, “I can’t give you cello lessons anymore. You seem unable to use any of my information or advice; therefore there’s no point in continuing.” I don’t recall his reaction except … Continue reading

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