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In a previous blog~ I addressed the question over whether advanced learners should take part in acceleration or enrichment. In summary~ while I am a strong believer in enrichment activities that develop a students strengths and talents~ I believe acceleration can be beneficial in certain circumstances.

This blog will focus on ways to accelerate a student once they have demonstrated mastery of a particular subject or lesson.

The first step is determining whether a student has...

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Apple Patent Shows Use of 'Paper...

When a very rough beta version of what industry insiders are calling the "paper phone" emerged last year, people began to wonder exactly how this new, bendable mobile device could be used in a practical way. In a recent filing with the U.S. Patent Office, Apple may be tipping its hand as to how the tech giant envisions using it in future iPhone models.


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Enrichment or Acceleration?

Recently~ I gave a talk to some students at the University of South Florida regarding methods for working with gifted children.
They posed an interesting question~ one that really got me thinking.
Should you provide enrichment or acceleration when teaching gifted students?
Theres no simple answer. I think it depends on a number of things.
In a perfect world~ you would use both of these approaches to meet the needs of your gifted and higher-performing students. However~ in...

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Curiosity Back To Work

curiosityAfter a brief period of inactivity, NASA's Curiosity rover is back at work on the surface of Mars.

The little robot suffered a memory failure and a computer glitch in addition to braving some fairly turbulent weather. Despite all this, Curiosity is still surveying the Martian landscape. In fact, the robot's drill recently discovered evidence that water...

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Teaching Kids to Research-part 2

Note: This blog is the second in a two-part series.
In a previous blog~ I outlined how I get elementary students to research by developing questions~ choosing resources and finding information. Now~ I am going to share a fabulous web site that will help your students navigate the rough waters of the research world.
The site~ a research portal~ is offered by Kentucky Virtual Library at

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Sheen Uses Twitter to 'Avenge...

charlie sheenActor and self-described "warlock" Charlie Sheen has taken to using the micro-blogging service Twitter to encourage his fans to exact revenge for what he views as an injustice done to his daughter by her former school.


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What's on YOUR teacher desk?

What's on YOUR teacher desk?

" If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind~ of what~then~ is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein

If someone came and sat down at YOUR desk~ what would be THREE things on your desk that they would notice?(other than papers that need marking and only one can be a photograph)

Although I have retired from teaching(after 32 1/2 years)~ many of items that were on my desk are now on my desk where I work at home.
* A marble paperweight...

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Teaching Kids Research-part 1

Note: This blog is the first in a two part series.

One of the hardest things to teach~ in my opinion~ is how to get students to research.

As a teacher of gifted~ who uses the independent study method with my first-through-fifth-grade students~ I face the challenge of guiding children through the research process. When beginning projects~ they are required to research answers to self-chosen topics and utilize various resources and techniques to make that happen...

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Minecraft and other games-what they can...

I know of an 11-year-old~ who wants nothing more than to get on his computer and play Minecraft. He enters this virtual world~ where he can build shelters~ scavenge for resources~ and fight zombies. It is a survival game that allows players to construct 3-D cubeskind of like Legos on steroids.
Let me make this disclaimer: I think children spend too much time on computers and playing video games. However~ that said~ I think as educators~ we can dismiss these types of games too quickly...

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A Place to Eat

A Place at the Table, released March 1, 2013, is a documentary that continues where the film Food Inc. left off. Directed by filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, and produced by Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, A Place at the Table tells the story of the 50 million hungry Americans who are struggling to feed themselves. A number that mostly encompasses families, that 50 million also includes the one in four...