Category Archives: Uneven development

A natural law of learning

As teachers and parents of the most highly gifted students, we often wish for an “answer manual” to guide us through the puzzles these children present us with. Fortunately, there is one answer we can count on, apparently universal and … Continue reading

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Nurturing talent: not always an easy task

As we have seen, Joseph missed the opportunity to develop good work habits during his formative years. At age 17, he could still have learned to work hard, though this probably would have been difficult for him. As it was, … Continue reading

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What was holding Writer B back?

Writer B’s desire for fun in his writing was entirely legitimate, I felt. Fun was my own primary motivation for both cello playing and writing—my lifelong passions. Furthermore, if these activities are nothing but drudgery, your audience will sense it … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Five: Uneven development

A primary indicator of high ability is the non-linear path to learning. It’s common for a young math whiz to want to explore Geometry before mastering the times table, or for a young musician to try pieces that are much … Continue reading

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Uneven Development

When a six-year-old math whiz can solve algebraic equations but doesn’t know the multiplication table, there’s a good reason for this. Numbers exert a powerful pull on a born mathematician and he or she will probably be unable to focus … Continue reading

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