Sputnik in Reverse: Cutting Funding for Advanced Learning in Texas by Justin Vawter When Sputnik floated by, the U.S. panicked--how could we be behind the USSR in the Space Race? The United States immediately began to examine the quality of its schooling. One year later, the National Defense Education Act established the first federally-funded gifted & talented program. Now, those kids who tinker, create, and (in the process) almost blow themselves up aren’t expelled, they’re hired by NASA. Since Sputnik and the Education Act, the question of what makes someone gifted or talented has waivered and fluctuated--but here’s a simple [...]
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The Future of EdTech Sage Waelbroeck Do you know how a cell works? Sure, everyone remembers that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell - but what does that really mean? What does a mitochondria do? Or look like? In my public school biology classes, the primary form of learning about the body was reading a monstrous textbook and taking (mostly indecipherable) notes over 30-page chapters that were split into sections, each section having a variety of off-color graphs, charts, and artist depictions of the inner workings of a… whatever. While educators today are trying a number of creative [...]
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NuMinds is pleased to announce a collaboration with Back to Space! Back to Space is an organization dedicated to stirring up a national passion for space exploration via STEM education and media initiatives. Co-Founder Danielle Dallas Roosa is grand-daughter of Apollo astronaut Stuart Roosa and was inspired to launch the effort when she noticed a lack of interest and knowledge about the Apollo missions specifically, and space travel in general. Back to Space's first major effort will be to produce a reality TV show in which teams solve STEM-based challenges in an "Amazing Race" style environment, and a team of [...]
5 Over-Excitability Superpowers | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep12) Over-excitabilities are assumed to be innate and appear in five forms [pdf-embedder url="https://secureservercdn.net/126.96.36.199/cb4.e29.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Over-Excitability-Checklist.pdf" title="Over-Excitability Checklist"] Download Over-Excitability Checklist PDF [pdf-embedder url="https://secureservercdn.net/188.8.131.52/cb4.e29.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Gifted-101-OEs-Recommendations.pdf" title="Gifted 101 - OEs Recommendations"] Download Recommendations From the Research PDF
Is my Child Gifted? | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep11) High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker Bertie Kingore, Ph.D. Identification of gifted students is clouded when concerned adults misinterpret high achievement as giftedness. High-achieving students are noticed for their on-time, neat, well-developed, and correct learning products. Adults comment on these students' consistent high grades and note how well they acclimate to class procedures and discussions. Some adults assume these students are gifted because their school-appropriate behaviors and products surface above the typical responses of grade-level students. Educators with expertise in gifted education are [...]