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Quote of the Day

Creativity is like life insurance. If you are creative, you are never afraid, because you can design yourself out of any situation

-Li Edelkoort

One of the traits that separates gifted students from the pack is the outstanding creativity that they posses. For this reason, gifted students can think themselves out of most situations and give answers to difficult problems.

via Hoagie’s Gifted Page

Quote of the Day

Sorry for the lapse in Quotes, have been having problems with my internet.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


This is the epitome of an open mind. If you can listen (and hear) someone else, even though you may not agree with them, you are a very skillful person.

Quote of the Day

“Education is about learning to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity. It is about learning to savor the quality of the journey. It is about inquiry and deliberation. It is about becoming critically minded and intellectually curious, and it is about learning how to frame and pursue your own educational aims.”

-Elliot W. Eisner

When we try and educate our students and the only goal in mind is to do well on a government administered test, how can we expect our students to have fun or take away meaningful experiences from their education. What they are going to receive is a sense that they are not unique and that there only purpose is to take tests. When this is applied to a critical thinker, such as a gifted student, they may probe even deeper. They may find out that a schools performance on a test dictates the type of funding that they receive, and that the school gets money from a student being present in class. Are those really the images and ideas that we want to be sending to our gifted students?

Quote of The Day

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

W. B. Yeats

If a gifted student is not interested in a subject, or if they cannot see the relevance of a subject to their life, then they are not going to be nearly as receptive to learning about the subject as if they are interested and they understand the real-world application. When a student refuses to learn about a subject, that student could then be marked as a discipline case and from there numerous other things could occur, but all could have been prevented if only the child had seen the relevance in a subject.

Quote of The Day

The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.


As I have said in many posts before, sometimes keeping a student engaged is as easy as showing them how the topic at hand applies to the real world. Often gifted students do not like to do unnecessary or seemingly irrelevant work, so if you show them how it can be used in their future, they may be more receptive to learning the subject.

Quote of The Day

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

-Malcolm Forbes

An open mind is one of the most fundamental traits that people should learn. Teaching students how to be open to others ideas is one way to secure a peaceful future for the world. Sometimes gifted students have trouble with keeping an open mind, often other’s ideas seem second rate or not important enough to give attention to. By correcting a gifted student’s mistake, you can help open their mind to other’s ideas and opinions.

How do you open a students mind to new possibilities and ideas? Reply in the Comments Section.

Quote of The Day

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

-Herbert Spencer

When a student truly learns something, they are able to take that knowledge and use it in a real-world situation. When a gifted student seems bored or unresponsive, one way to try and engage them is to show them how to act on their knowledge. Similar to Bloom’s Taxonomy, this quote is representative of gifted education. What sets gifted students apart is their ability to take knowledge and act on it.

How do you show real-world applications to Gifted Students? Reply in the Comments Section.

Quote of The Day

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

-Diogenes Laertius

One of the reasons that people fight so hard for gifted education. I was listening to Barbra Clark speak about a former communist country, she said that they had held their brightest minds back for so long, now there is no one to lead their country. The gifted students of toady could be the next diplomats and politicians of tomorrow.

Do you think that the United States is doing a good job of nurturing tomorrow’s leaders? Reply in the Comments.

Quote of The Day

An idea borrowed from the Poor, Starving, College Student Blog the quote of the day is a way to stimulate the brain and think about a short idea or phrase deeply, even if it is just for a little while.

You don’t need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn.
You just need people with the desire to better themselves.

– Adam Cooper and Bill Collage

This is one of the main struggles of education. How do you get students to want to learn? This can sometimes also be a problem for gifted students. What is the point of this work? Or, Why does this matter?

By tying education into real world activities and engaging and entertaining the student, you can nurture the desire in them.

How do you help fan the flames of desire in your gifted student? Reply using the comments.