7 Systems that Work for Outside-the-Box Learners

It seems every teacher in every school struggles with what they might call unmotivated, lazy, or disorganized learners. These students seem to have a ton of potential, their test scores might even be pretty high, but they can’t ever seem to get it together school-wise. Read More.

What a Century of Research Reveals About Gifted Kids

"From Terman to today: A century of findings on intellectual precocity,” serves as an excellent resource for parents, students, and educators who are interested in the findings of two major longitudinal studies of the gifted which roughly span the last century, and more broadly the historical progression of research on the gifted. Read More.

Anxiety in Gifted Children: 3 Simple Steps Parents and Educators Can Take

Gifted children and anxiety often seem to just go hand in hand. Experiencing their world more intensely as well as having a more intuitive understanding of complex connections and interactions in their life and in the physical world can create a plethora of reasons for gifted children to experience anxiety in their lives. Being so acutely aware of what is going on in their world and what future possibilities can hold, gifted children can naturally develop above-average anxiety. They begin to worry, oftentimes making mountains out of mole hills. Read More

Parents and Teachers:  Finding Common Ground

It's no secret that parent-teacher relationships can often be strained; but even more so with parents of gifted children. As students begin to return to school, we took a look at ways to improve the relationship in a non-confrontational setting exploring ways to help all parties to work together for their children and students.  Read More

4 Top Things my Gifted Students Taught Me this School Year

There's no doubt, as a teacher, that the students in your care over the course of 10 months have the ability to change your life. They utterly, completely, drastically, and beautifully change the way you think about life; the way you view and think about children; the way you approach your profession; even the very ways you speak, walk, act, and function. Read More

5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset | Imagination Soup


1. Have daily learning discussions.

At dinner, in the car or at bedtime take time for both the kids and parents to share the answers to these types of questions:
“What did you learn to day?” (I LOVE this – so much better than “How was your day?”)
“What mistake did you make that taught you something?
“What did you try hard at today?”

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What Are Dabrowski's Five Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children?

Link shared by karen green, misd gt coordinator - Very

Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five areas in which children exhibit intense behaviors, also known as "overexcitabilities" or "supersensitivities." They are psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual and imaginational. Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities, although one is usually dominant. Read More

How "Tracking" Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students

Star athletes don't just walk on the basketball court or football field for the first time as seniors in high school. Similarly, successful AP calculus or physics students don't just walk into advanced math or science for the first time in the 12th grade. Rather, in both sports and academics, early pipelines need to be in place to help students develop their skills fully. Read More

“Play Partner” or “Sure Shelter”: What gifted children look for in friendship

The need for friendship and, even more, for emotional intimacy, is a driving force in both children and adults. This report of recent Australian research explores the nature of friendship as it is conceived by elementary and middle school students and how perceptions and expectations of friendship differ among children at different age levels, at different levels of intellectual ability, and between boys and girls. Read More

The Importance of STEAM Learning

If you are familiar with the technology or educational sectors, you have undoubtedly heard that STEM, which is educational focus in science, tech, engineering and math, is being changed to STEAM, to include the arts. This is an initiative that is being accepted on an increasing scale by institutions, corporations, and education and tech professionals,and we here at Vidcode are totally on board. Read More.

25 Signs Your Gifted Child is Misunderstood at School

Most of us have been through it. That sinking feeling when your gifted child becomes bored, unmotivated or miserable in school. That uncertainty over how much to intervene, when to advocate, and whether to approach the school or risk alienating teachers when you ask for something more. Read More.

In Defense of Being "That Parent"
Why is that such a loaded term in gifted education?
Teachers, counselors, and parents beat the self-advocacy drum daily: "Billy needs to learn to self-advocate," and "If Nicole would learn to ask for the things she needs, she'd be much better off."



Lessons Learned From Working with Gifted and Creative Kids

In my career as a psychologist working with gifted and creative students, two lessons stand out as particularly memorable, even poignant. The first lesson is that development of talent among highly gifted and highly creative kids requires more than intellectual ability, more than what I call, 'head strengths. Read more

misd lunch & Learn archives


Courageous Parenting Lunch and Learn - January 27, 2017

Presentation by Karen Green

Karen Green (then MISD Coordinator for Gifted Services K-12) shares the insights of Brené Brown, Ph.D.'s Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto and applies these affirmative insights to parenting G/T children.  Read more

legislative Lunch & Learn 

Presentation by Jessica Fair and Kate Mefford - April 28, 2017

 Jessica Fair (ALPHA teacher/then ALPS Board President) and Kate Mefford (then ALPS Secretary) share their experience testifying at the Senate Bill 2145 hearing at the Texas State Capitol and also teach effective gifted advocacy tips and tools.  As then proposed, Senate Bil 2145 would have removed state funding specifically dedicated to gifted education in Texas public schools.  Jessica and Kate helped Texas legislators recognize the importance of this dedicated funding and save it for our children! 

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