- Thomas Moore
- G. K. Chesterton
As someone who has been in the field of educational placement for over 20 years, I am asked every week the same question: “What steps can I take to make sure my child scores highly on their upcoming IQ assessment?”
This is not an easy question to answer succinctly. For starters, IQ tests are in general something you cannot study for. I often explain to parents how IQ tests are designed to measure one’s ability to think and reason, commonly both with and without the use of words. This is why puzzle solving, memory items, picture or pattern matching, and both verbal and visual analogies are common to IQ tests. Short of sitting down and memorizing the dictionary from front to back for vocabulary items, there really is no way to study for an IQ test.
That being said, there are some tips I do offer parents who want to ensure their child performs well. My personal observation is that IQ scores tend to vary widely, especially among younger children who may lack the maturity to sit still for the examination or lack the motivation to perform well. Read more
“Education is the system that’s supposed to develop our natural abilities and enable us to make our way in the world. Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn.”
- Sir Ken Robinson
Working with gifted and talented students is nothing new for Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., director of gifted programs in the School of Education at Baylor University. In addition to her day job, she is editor of “Gifted Child Today,” coauthor of more than 200 articles, monographs, technical reports and dozens of books related to gifted education, and author of three tests used in identifying gifted students.
So it’s no surprise Johnsen has been recognized as the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) State Advocate for the Gifted. This honor is given in recognition of outstanding service, contribution and commitment to gifted and talented education and students in Texas. Read more
The National Endowment for the Arts Announces $25.8 Million in Grants for the First Round of FY 2014 Funding
Washington, DC—NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced this past week that 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country for grants in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States,” said Shigekawa. “Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts.” Read more
Due to a particularly busy semester of doctoral classes, I haven’t made any posts in the past month or so. Now that the semester is over, I will begin posting again in the next few days.
- Albert Einstein
“The man who wants to write a great book, paint a great picture, create an architectural masterpiece, become a great scientist, and knows that never in all eternity will he be able to realize this, his innermost desire, can find no peace in a stable social order – old or new. He sees his life as irrevocably spoiled.”
- Eric Hoffer
- Joel Hildebrand