Category: Gifted Education

How some astute fifth graders analyzed the caste system at their school (in the context of a John Russel masterpiece); fascinating to watch kids wrestle with dehumanization through "aha" moments!

For a number of years, I taught a complex, short story to a bunch of gifted, upper elementary kids, as part of a screening for advanced placement in middle school (my former school was located in an affluent suburban area). The title of the story was The Fourth Man, and it was written by the... Read more »

There once was a man from Nantucket (made ya look!)? Oily Joe Manchin—likes of him not supported by climate advocates there; read on to learn about true climate hero, Sean Casten, the man from IL

Oily Joe’s not a man from NantucketAll he wants to do is MUCK it, (climate change, that is)Nantucket’s a leaderNo seals retreat hereFolks washed Joe’s nonsense away–witha buck-it!Now Sean Casten, he’s a leader!His plans should go to a breederHe fights climate Nero’sHe’ll get us to net-zeroesFighting misinfo, deniers, and elitersSeriously, Manchin, whose pockets are lined... Read more »

Quirky college applicants understood by this sharp educator, making a case for "weird" college essays

Guest author, Rachel Stern DeJong, is the Co-President of Academic Tutoring Centers in Highland Park, IL; before that, she taught AP English at the High School of Math, Science and Engineering in New York City. When assisting students writing college (and other professional school) application essays, Rachel excels at identifying and presenting an authentic and... Read more »
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Truth without consequences: Why teachers ought to expose their ideas and thought processes, but never impose their thinking on students.

Truth without consequences:  Why teachers ought to expose their ideas and thought processes, but never impose their thinking on students.
Stern:  What’s up? Pal:  Adam Kipzinger’s taking the heat on his vote to impeach Trump, etc.  Read the letter above.  Poor guy; his family (at least some members are) is ganging up on him big time. Stern:  Well, we gotta be open, gonna post this letter and share it with my students. Pal:  Ok, but... Read more »

On President's Day, a teachable moment: Trumpers may huff and puff but will they blow our Democracy down?

On President's Day, a teachable moment:  Trumpers may huff and puff but will they blow our Democracy down?
I teach upper elementary and middle school students about climate change every Thursday, and I keep thinking about what students might say about the second impeachment trial. As I try to make sense of the acquittal, I parody a Megan Trainor song…it’s all about that oath. So, what will I talk about this Thursday with... Read more »

How the Stennis' confederacy table (given to Biden) is primed to become MLK's proposed table of brotherhood

How the Stennis' confederacy table (given to Biden) is primed to become MLK's proposed table of brotherhood
Ever wonder if President-elect, Biden and MLK crossed paths? I sure did. Two champions of civil rights were bound to intersect. But, I don’t think they ever met in person, though if you comb through the I Have a Dream speech (“Speech”), you can see how their ideas intersect and how objects, literally a table,... Read more »
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