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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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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Four

Perhaps the best outcome of my son Lewis’s stubborn, self-directed learning was that it defended his learning style. I’d try and try to influence his cello practicing, and utterly fail. His lessons were the same until I began to despair … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Three

When I confronted my son’s extreme, self-directed learning style in his cello lessons, I finally realized that to try to shape his progress or to influence him directly was futile. I had to let him muddle forward, even at age … 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 Three

Your child’s talent and style will probably surface early, as it did with my son Lewis when he was between three and four. Music burst out of him before his cello technique could handle it, and I’ll never forget one … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Two

As we have seen, if your child has a strong opinion, even if it’s not based completely on the facts, it’s better not to get in the way. These early strong viewpoints are practice for more mature judgments later on, … Continue reading

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