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The adolescent polymath

The polymath’s development throughout adolescence can bewilder parents even more than the toddler phase when an unusual level of clutter proliferates in the child’s life for no apparent reason. But since adolescence baffles and worries all parents, what’s different about … Continue reading

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Preparations for convincing my most gifted cello students to get started on their 10,000 hours

Since many gifted children don’t tolerate boredom well, how can we convince them that they should persevere through the long slog to mastery of any subject or skill? I succeeded with my cello students, but only after I had stumbled … Continue reading

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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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Good practice habits alone could have helped Joseph to develop his musical talent

Joseph, my talented high school student, went on to college before I could get him to change his deficient work habits. His undeveloped musical talent showed itself in the widely varying levels of skill within his technique: for example, his … Continue reading

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Undeveloped talent: “I can’t remember the last time I had to study for a test.”

Joseph, the student who could easily see the cello fingerboard in his head after hardly any practice, came to my studio when he was a high school junior. With only two years in which to influence him, I always felt … Continue reading

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Having talent versus developing it

Talented people display innate ability, often from an early age, for an activity or academic subject that most others struggle with. Through years of cello teaching, I noticed these students because they could do certain things much more easily than … 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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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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