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Why Brilliant Children Often Appear Slow, Part Three

As noted, thinking is a favorite pursuit of gifted children, one that takes their minds away from class activities and sometimes the whole curriculum. And if thinking is a problem, complex thinking is even more so. The complex thinker loses … Continue reading

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Why Brilliant Children Often Appear Slow, Part Two

Highly gifted children are always thinking. It’s a fascinating activity, more interesting than what the teacher is saying, so why should they listen? Then, what the teacher taught is on the test and these students get bad grades. Not because … Continue reading

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Why Brilliant Children Often Appear Slow, Part One

We all know the stereotype: gifted children get good grades, achieve ahead of their age-peers, and in other ways are academically successful. Yet this isn’t always true. The unusual learning styles and thought processes of so many gifted children are … Continue reading

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Reversing Damage, Part Two: Daydreaming as a Route to Academic Success

Tom, my cello student, flunked pre-algebra in eighth grade and so had to repeat it the next year. In the summer between, I taught him to daydream in his cello lessons, and also his practicing. This was a technique for … Continue reading

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Reversing Damage, Part One:Underachievement

The puzzling combination of brilliance and failure can mislead parents and teachers into thinking that a child isn’t gifted. Or, if they see high achievement in some areas and not others, they may assume this is an accurate reflection of … Continue reading

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