The “smart” label we give kids often really means “things are easy for you.” What are the ramifications of this dangerous praise?
We praise kids for being “smart”, but what do we actually mean by it? What are we actually praising? It’s a surprisingly tricky word to figure out.
After a summer hiatus, Puzzlements has returned for Season 2! Here are the top five links from the past month of Puzzlement mailers (now being sent to over 4,000 people!). And if you’re not signed up, it’s free! A house built on a column that can rotate 380° Fill these trays up with soy sauce, […]
I received a question from a reader regarding some unstructured time in the mornings. Sounds like the perfect chance for kids to pursue their curiosity – inspired by some delightful puzzlements, of course!
Lots and lots of friends on Facebook and Twitter sent in their favorite books to use with gifted kids. Enjoy!
It’s easy to be miserly and hold onto every resource, thinking it might be the last. But I’ve learned that what I have can grow – when I use it well. The same is true of our classroom resources.
The Content Imperatives combine with Depth and Complexity and Bloom’s Taxonomy to push students even farther in their thinking.
When I see successful lessons, I’m almost always most impressed with how the teacher has set the stage for success. When I look back on my biggest failures, it was almost always a lack scaffolding that caused the problem. Expectations and scaffolds are vital to classroom success.
Is it cheaper to live in Vegas and commute to work in San Francisco? This article says so, and it’s a perfect base for a meaningful math project.
A reader was looking for examples of high-quality books for gifted/talented 4th and 5th graders, but she was constrained to a lexile range of 900-1000. Here are the recs I received…