Category: teacher

Why I love being a substitute teacher, for now.

A little while ago, I wrote this blog about my Dutch view on teaching in the US. When I started writing that blog my intention was to compare the job substitute teacher to the job teacher. So that’s what I finally will be doing today. Since last January I have been working as a substitute... Read more »

The best quotes about learning

Just learning facts has no meaning. Reflecting on your behavior does. The next step should be changing your behavior, if necessary. In other words: you have to connect learning with your mind, otherwise the whole process is useless. Don't follow people without thinking!
About the art of learning, our new ‘My Bloggers Life’ topic of this week, I could write a whole book. Instead of ‘inventing the wheel’ I searched for quotes about learning that say it all. I am only 33 years old and have been teaching for more than 10 years, so what do I know... Read more »

Dear teacher of my gifted son, can we please work together this new school year? Thanks!

‘Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: “Write a letter to someone or some entity with whom you have had a disagreement” Dear teachers of my son, There are a lot of ‘special kids’ that you have to take in account in one... Read more »
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Praising in America - an observation of two Dutch boys, aged 5 and 9.

Today, while walking from the car to the swimming pool, this conversation took place between my two sons: Youngest son: ‘Everything I do at my swimming lessons is always great, at least that’s what the teachers say. If I am doing so great, then why didn’t I get all of my patches (rewarding system that the pool... Read more »

I miss my Dutch job and the easy way I got it - applying for a job here is like HELL!

Today I write a blog for Blogapalooz-Hour. My challenge is to write a blog in one hour. “Write about a person, place or thing that you miss.” I already wrote about my home country that I miss so much, and about my aunt that I still miss, every day! Since about a month or two I... Read more »

I felt very stupid during High School. Now I know I am (probably) Gifted. Read my story!

A lot of Gifted children never learn how to learn properly, because all they get in their curriculum is far too easy. Gifted students understand everything that the teacher tells them so quickly, that they never have to use their memory. As a result the gifted child doesn’t learn how to effectively use their memory. This can... Read more »
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What Makes A Teacher A Great Teacher?

A great teacher doesn’t have to know it all. He should have basic knowledge about a lot of topics, just as the children. A great teacher should be great at setting priorities, depending on what the class needs (as a group and as individuals). A great teacher should be eager to learn more, depending on what... Read more »

Being Gifted is NOT a Gift!!!

Being Gifted means that you have a hard time in this ‘average’ world. When you are Gifted there are still differences between being Gifted and being very Gifted. When you have an IQ that’s higher than 145, you are very Gifted. Look at it like this; ‘average’ people have an IQ of 100. When they have... Read more »

How can a teacher identify a Gifted Child?

This question is very important for the Kindergarten teachers. They are usually the first teachers that will see a child five days a week, for at least forty weeks a year. And a Gifted child can be an underachiever within six weeks! Of course the Pre-K teachers are important too, and it would be even better... Read more »
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My View on Gifted Education

       My view on how schools, beginning with Kindergarten often fail when it comes to Gifted children. In an earlier blog (http://www.chicagonow.com/dutch-alien-lands-in-us/2014/02/schoolsystems-the-netherlands-and-the-u-s-both-a-big-challenge-being-gifted/) I already described a bit about my both sons school experciences since we moved to the U.S. I also wrote a blog (http://www.chicagonow.com/dutch-alien-lands-in-us/2014/02/my-sons-lack-of-fear-and-my-biggest-fear/)  about my youngest son, aged 5, who is in... Read more »