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Teaching for High Potential has a wealth of material seeking to create a nurturing and safe environment for gifted and talented students.  Explore feature articles and special columns below to uncover advice from THP authors and columnists.  Use the issue reference at the end of the title to access the issue in which the article is featured in the THP Issue Library.

The Classroom Environment      Teacher Collaboration and Professional Development

Affective Characteristics and Associated Strategies         Happily Ever After   

Spotlight on Schools 


Classroom Environment 

Mindsets Over Subject Matter: How our Beliefs About Intelligence Impact STEM Talent Development 
by Andersen, L.                                                                                                         Summer 2012
In order to develop talent in the STEM fields, educators must recognize the difference between fixed and growth mindsets, and work to encourage the latter.

Motivating Adolescent Gifted Learners                                                              Fall 2007
by Cash, R.  
Five curricular principles that will help engage under-motivated GT adolescents.

Book Review: Finding April Hollow                                                                        Fall 2009
by Cooper, C.           
A motivational book for teachers in providing a stimulating learning environment that challenges and excites.

Searching for Excellence: An Interview with Josh Waitzkin                         Fall 2009
by Danielian, J.       
Insights about growing up gifted and advice for parents and teachers from Josh Waitzkin, a child chess prodigy and subject of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer. Josh presented his educational ideas during a keynote presentation at 2009's NAGC convention.

A Secondary Look: Chronically Curious and Driven to Discover                 Winter 2012
by Dixon, F.  
Looking to better society by the encouraging of inventive thinking within today's inquisitive classrooms.

Bridging the Divide: Getting Excited About Learning: Promoting Passion Among Gifted Youth
by Fredricks, J.                                                                                                         Winter 2010
Exploring why passion for learning wanes from elementary to high school and possible ways to combat it.

A Secondary Look: Let's Focus on Advanced Adolescents: A Challenge or How to Challenge
by Dixon, F.                                                                                                                 Winter 2011
Dixon's informative Top 10 tips for making the mesh between the curriculum and GT adolescents learning needs.

Special Populations: Creating 'Safe Haven' Schools for Targeted Populations of Gifted Learners
by Davis, J. L.                                                                                                  Winter 2012
Looking at ways to meet the needs of three disenfranchised GT groups--rural, African-American males and GLBTT students by making classes safe places to be and learn.

Excessive Competition among Gifted High School Students                        Fall 2011
by Rohde, L. 
Identifying the reasons behind competitiveness in GT students and effective classroom strategies to lessen the amount.

Empowering Students: The PRISM Program                                                    Summer 2011
by Rosnick, K.        
How students in the PRISM (Performance Enhances Individual Student Magic) students are motivated by their exploration and presentations of their areas of interest.

Happily Ever After: Taking the Time to Know Your Students                        Fall 2008  
by Schultz, B. 
GT students' words about what would make school a perfect place for them at the start of the year.

Happily Ever After: A Teacher's Eyes Opened                                                  Spring 2009
by Schultz, B. 
Schultz reflects upon the gems of gifted education truisms from a letter he received from a former student who is a first year teacher in a GT class.

Happily Ever After: A Conversation Somewhere in Time                              Summer 2011
by Schultz, B. 
An imagined conversation with Leta Stetter Hollingworth, a 1930 proponent of gifted education, about the need to support GT students and the effect it has on society and the individual.

School Spotlight on High Potential: Making Learning Infectious                 Spring 2011
by Selting Troester, J.        
How the Sage School uses interdisciplinary clusters to spark intellectual growth through ability based groupings, acceleration, and hands on activities.

What Teachers Should Know and Do About IB Student's Stress Levels    Spring 2010
by  Shaunessy, E.    
Looking at self-reported stressors of IB students during testing and ways to help them work around them.

Gifted Program Retrospective: Teachers Look Back at Own Experiences  Fall 2008
by  Willard-Holt, C.   
Female teachers who were gifted students reflect on the emotional pros and cons of their schooling.

Teacher Collaboration and Professional Development  

Professional School Counselors and Gifted Educators: Working Towards Solutions
by Wood, S.                                                                                                                Fall 2007
Counselors use the expanded five “Cs” of the ASCA’s 2007 National Model, created in an effort to help GT learners cope with the stresses of their learning environment by instructing counselors on best practice.

The Evolving Benefits of Teacher Collaboration                                               Winter 2009
by Strnat, M. 
Two GT teachers, from different schools, share and collaborate to build a learning community with their classes.

Affective Needs and Associated Strategies  

Teaching Gifted Males: Lessons Learned in my University Classroom      Fall 2012  
by Hébert, T. 
In order to understand the masculine culture we need to ask the question, what is it all about?

We Teach Great Minds                                                                                            Fall 2012  
by Dixon, F. 
A correspondence with a former student conjures up and supports the idea that educators of the gifted and talented truly teach great minds.

The Danger of the Gifted "Dumb Jock"                                                               Winter 2011
by Casper, K.       
The negative intellectual stereotypes falsely associated with the GT physically gifted student and the ramifications for college studies.

Social and Emotional Needs: Is There a Curriculum Connection?               Fall 2012
by Beasley, J. 
The social and emotional needs of students can be addressed and nurtured by infusing information into the curriculum. 

Book Review: Light Up Your Child's Mind: Finding a Unique Pathway to Happiness and Success
         
by Cooper, C.                                                                                                            Spring 2010
Renzulli, Reis, and Thompson offer a how to guide for parents to support and understand their gifted child.

The Sport of the Mind: First Lego®                                                                      Winter 2010
by Coxon, S.         
Looking at how the First Lego League ® competition promotes science, self-efficacy, and confidence in spatially gifted students

OnLine Social, Emotional, and Parent Resources                                           Winter 2009
by Danielian, J.       
Online sites for teachers and parents for locating information on social and emotional issues.

Searching for Excellence: An Interview with Josh Waitzkin                         Fall 2009
by  Danielian, J.       
Insights about growing up gifted and advice for parents and teachers from Josh Waitzkin, a child chess prodigy and subject of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer. Josh presented his educational ideas during a keynote presentation at 2009's NAGC convention.

Bridging the Divide: Getting Excited About Learning: Promoting Passion Among Gifted Youth
by Fredricks, J.                                                                                                          Winter 2010
Exploring why passion for learning wanes from elementary to high school and possible ways to combat it.

The Mural and the Nobel Prize                                                                               Spring 2010
by Golberg, S.        
Painting a group mural leads to more than just paint on a wall in terms of group collaboration and pride.

Bridging the Divide: Big Ships, Small Ships, Friendships, and Competition: Things to Consider
by Gyles, P.                                                                                                                 Spring 2009
How self-concept, social support structures, and competition come into play in the types of friendships GT students form.

It's Just a Hobby that I'm Good at: Crystallizing and Paralyzing Influences in the Development of Musical Ability
by Japp, A.                                                                                                                   Winter 2011
The effects of positive and negative influences of family, peer and school in terms of fostering expertise in musically talented GT youth.

Caroline's Quest for Calculus                                                                                 Winter 2010
by Kinne, L. 
The twists and turns for an mathematically gifted student in finding the right fit of schools in terms of academic acceleration, academic road blocks, and advocacy. 

Creating 'Safe Haven' Schools for Targeted Populations of Gifted Learners 
by Davis, J. L.                                                                                                        Winter 2012 
Looking at ways to meet the needs of three disenfranchised GT groups--rural, African-American males and GLBTT students by making classes safe places to be and learn.

Mentorship for Gifted High School Students                                                      Fall 2009
by Palmer, J. 
Using mentorships to design an individualized full high school course of study to match GT students needs.

Raising Global Awareness through Poetry                                                         Fall 2010
by Pennington, L.    
Using poetry to channel the social and civic mindedness of GT students in ways that reinforce and allow their empathetic bent to shine through.

The Role of Teachers when Gifted Students Experience Negative Life Events     
by Peterson, J.                                                                                                           Winter 2009
Insights into situations and events that produce a negative effect on GT students and how teachers can help.

Excessive Competition among Gifted High School Students                         Fall 2011
by Rohde, L. 
Identifying the reasons behind competitiveness in GT students and effective classroom strategies to lessen the amount.

Empowering Students: The PRISM Program                                                     Summer 2011
by Rosnick, K.        
How students in the PRISM (Performance Enhances Individual Student Magic) students are motivated by their exploration and presentations of their areas of interest.

What Teachers Should Know and Do About IB Student's Stress Levels    Spring 2010
by Shaunessy, E.    
Looking at self-reported stressors of IB students during testing and ways to help them work around them.

Our Powers Combined: Meeting the Needs of the Multicultural Gifted Students through Collaborative Teaching and Counseling                                                                                                                  Spring 2011
by Walker, S.         
Ways to support GT students with high degrees of emotional sensitivity through key activities and collaboration with school counselors and regular education teachers.

Gifted Program Retrospective: Teachers Look Back at Own Experiences  Fall 2008
by Willard-Holt, C.   
Female teachers who were gifted students reflect on the emotional pros and cons of their schooling.

Professional School Counselors and Gifted Educators: Working Towards Solutions       
by Wood, S.                                                                                                                   Fall 2007
Counselors use the expanded five “Cs” of the ASCA’s 2007 National Model, created in an effort to help GT learners cope with the stresses of their learning environment by instructing counselors on best practice.


Happily Ever After
 

THP’s columnist Bob Schultz, author of Happily Ever After, writes a column that presents real conversations from the students themselves. For a more in-depth and personal look at the affective needs of gifted and talented students, be sure access this great resource.

STEM, STEMM, or STEAMM?                                                                                  Summer 2012
by Schultz, B. 
Pushing for more STEM education does not solve many of the problems our gifted and talented students may face, especially in the areas of testing and applying what is learned. Read what GT students have to say about STEM.

Game Day                                                                                                                    Spring 2008

by Schultz , B.        
Looking at the merits of electronic and board games during drop in Game Days in a local library.

Benchmark Testing                                                                                                   Fall 2007
by Schultz, B.        
A father questions the validity of, and stress upon, benchmark testing on his GT son.

Motivation or Mis-Application: The Accelerated Reader Program and Gifted Learners       
by Schultz, B.                                                                                                               Fall 2009
The negative effects of tying Accelerated Reader (AR) scores to grades on GT students love of reading.

Requiem to An Oft Misused Reading Program                                                  Spring 2010
by Schultz, B.        
A continued conversation concerning Accelerated Reader (AR) misfit for GT and 2e (twice exceptional) elementary students.

A Conversation Somewhere in Time                                                                    Summer 2011
by Schultz, B.        
An imagined conversation with Leta Stetter Hollingworth, a 1930 proponent of gifted education, about the need to support GT students and the effect it has on society and the individual.

Beginning Again                                                                                                         Winter 2011
by Schultz, B.        
Learning about the pros and cons of early entry into college straight from a GT students perspective.

Note to Teachers: A Few Pointers to Parents                                                     Fall 2011 
by Schultz, B.        
GT teens speak from the heart about how parents can best support them.

Taking the Time to Know Your Students                                                               Fall 2008
by Schultz, B.        
GT students' words about what would make school a perfect place for them at the start of the year.

A Teacher's Eyes Opened                                                                                        Spring 2009
by Schultz, B.        
Schultz reflects upon the gems of gifted education truisms from a letter he received from a former student who is a first year teacher in a GT class.

A Kick Start to Summer Camps                                                                              Spring 2012
by Schultz, B. 
Suggestions from GT summer campers about what to look for and think about when deciding about camping for a GT child.

Setting Up the Case for GT in Public Education                                                  Spring 2007
by Schultz, B. 
Setting up the goals, framework, and audience for future articles.

Spotlight on Schools 

THP columnist Jennifer Troester, author of School Spotlight on High Potential, takes an in-depth look at the ways in which schools and programs serve gifted and talented students across the country.

East Carolina University/Pitt County Academically/ Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Summer Camp
by Troester, J.                                                                                                              Summer 2012
Explore information about the AIG camp, which provides and excellent model for the education of both academically gifted students and their future teachers.

Reaching the Summit                                                                                                Fall 2012
by Troester, J.  
Read about a superb example of how a large school district can meet the needs of GT students through thoughtful identification that matches programming.

Discovery School for the Gifted                                                                              Winter 2009
by  Troester, J.        
An overview of the K-12 curriculum for the Discovery School for the Gifted and its successful mission.

Busting the Myths: Spotlight on St. Louis.                                                           Fall 2009
by Troester, J.        
Churchill Center for gifted LD students and New City School which uses Multiple Intelligences are highlighted.

Polson's Unique Situation                                                                                       Winter 2010
by Troester, J.        
Looking at how an exemplarily GT facilitator, Miss Tamara Fisher, has lead the charged for 20 years on the Flathead Indian Reservation

A Gateway to Learning                                                                                              Fall 2010
by Troester, J.      
Civic mindedness and compassion are the not so hidden curriculum at the Mirman School where the goal is for students to become life-long learners for the greater good.

Not Your Average Summer School                                                                        Summer 2011  
by Troester, J.        
Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) summer and residential camps bring GT students around the world together in challenging two weeks of camp.

A Home Away from Home: The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts      
by Troester, J.                                                                                                              Fall 2011
A residential school for high school GT students of Louisiana state offers a college preparatory program uniquely structured to fit the individual social and academic needs of its students.

Arts: A Pathway to Success                                                                                    Winter 2011
by Troester, J.       
The literacy, performing, media and visual arts are the focus of Anoka Middle School for the Arts in Anoka, Minnesota.

Making Learning Infectious                                                                                     Spring 2011
by Troester, J.        
How the Sage School uses interdisciplinary clusters to spark intellectual growth through ability based groupings, acceleration, and hands on activities.

Recognizing the Need for a Continuum of Services                                          Winter 2012
by Troester, J.       
How Adams County School District 14 uses differentiation and content extension based on a continuum of service depending on the needs of the GT students K-12.


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