Archive for December 2015

Gifted and talented article roundup December 2015

Happy New Year! I thought I would kick off the new year with a few notable articles (and webcast) I have come across in the gifted and talented space during the month of December. “Should We Treat Gifted Boys Any Differently From Gifted Girls” by Lane Severson. This post which incorporates findings from recent research... Read more »

New Year's resolutions for the job search

The upcoming new year is the time to reflect on the year that was and to plan for the year that will be. I think this is especially true for the job search which I admit certainly can be trying at times so the new year offers the perfect opportunity to inject hope into your... Read more »

Dear Santa, Don't tell my 3-year old to ask for a baby brother or sister for Christmas

Dear Santa, At breakfast Saturday morning you tried to give my shy 3 year old daughter more ideas of what she should ask you to bring for Christmas. You suggested, “How about a baby brother or sister?” Oh yeah, sure Santa. Let me go right out back to the fertility tree and pick one of those... Read more »

5 reasons why I hate glitter

I know what you are thinking. Only five reasons? While glitter is a year-round fixture in households like mine dominated by young children, the points of entry definitely multiply during the holidays. Christmas cards, tree ornaments, school art projects, gift bags, bows and Advent calendars seem to be the preferred vessels which transport this evil... Read more »

Will this be the last year my son believes in Santa?

Over the weekend my son’s school held its annual winter carnival. We ate cookies, drank hot chocolate, listened to carolers and bought some books and crafts. We were headed for the door when I scooped up my 3 year old daughter and asked my son if he was ready to go. Instead, he tugged my... Read more »

Why the Hour of Code is about more than computer science

Today my son is participating in the Hour of Code at his school. The permission slip I signed is his passport for exploring computer science through elementary school kid favorites like Star Wars, Minecraft, Ice Age and Frozen, to name a few. The Hour of Code is “a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to... Read more »

My peaceful, happy playlist for bad news days

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. "Shiny Happy People" by REM. I will admit, when this song came out in 1991 it was so overplayed I started feeling nauseous when I heard it because it was a little too happy for my moody, teenage angst-ridden self. Not anymore.
With all the horrible news in the world just in the past month alone, some days we have to stretch and really reach to find and focus on something good. Music certainly helps me set the stage for peaceful, happy, calming, centering thoughts. You know it’s been bad lately because I have seen two go-arounds... Read more »