I often speak about the approach of Leading with Love and Kindness within the contexts of being the President of a non-profit and as a teacher. I know that it can sound a little much. People may ask, is this guy in some weird cult? So, I want to explain what I mean. Let’s start with explaining that this phrase is my goal and aspiration that I am trying to … [Read more...] about Leading with Love and Kindness
For those of us who grew up during the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, we became rooted in what it meant to be an American by understanding King’s approach to applying the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and our lore. “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It … [Read more...] about GHF Celebrates MLK Day
SYNOPSIS In this article, I discuss application of the gifted label and what ensues—the revelation, the complexities, the emotional juggling that many children feel—as well as some supportive measures that parents can put in place so that children’s “lived experiences” are fulfilling. THE GIFTED LABEL At first blush, one might think that the gifted label portends … [Read more...] about THE LABELING EXPERIENCE (THEY TELL ME I’M GIFTED…)
Belonging arises from the decision to show up and allow yourself to be seen. If you’re holding back, thinking you’re not good enough or trying to avoid ridicule, it won’t matter what anyone else does. You won’t feel like you belong because you’re not actually present. We all want community. Our culture revolves around being included. We want to belong. Yet, many of us rarely … [Read more...] about Creating Community: Does Anyone Ever Truly Belong?
Jude attended college with his revised 504 Plan accommodations and executive functions coaching access. We worked together to have these set in place, through his college disability department. He drives. He manages his own bank account. He has a rich social life. My brother is twenty-seven years younger than me. Jude was born four months early via emergency cesarean … [Read more...] about Hey, Jude
That fall, when Grace started the gifted school-within-a-school program, was not spent focusing or doing what she was supposed to. Her teacher was emailing, albeit carefully, letting me know that she was hoping Grace could focus a bit and give her best effort. These emails made my husband and I smile. She was getting in trouble because she had found her … [Read more...] about Community. Life or Death? It Was for Us.
sa·pi·o·sex·u·al /ˌsāpēōˈsekSH(o͞o)əl/ adjective1. (of a person) finding intelligence sexually attractive or arousing."I met a sapiosexual PhD candidate who won’t date anyone who hasn’t read David Foster Wallace.”noun1. a person who finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing."I'm a sapiosexual who gets turned on by someone who can wax on about Uighur oppression in China … [Read more...] about Counting Blue Cars: How Mental Math Led to Love of Life for a Gifted Girl
As Athena’s has grown, our students have grown with us. It is so rewarding to watch friendships blossom as students connect in the social forums and through classes. Being able to learn and connect with like-minded peers who share a love of learning and have similar interests is an invaluable experience. Have you ever been in a situation where one particular moment … [Read more...] about Journey Toward Community
In the past I have betrayed myself to “keep the peace.” This choice isn't benign. When I betray myself, a brick lodges inside my body, either as physical pain, anxiety, resentment, or general irritability. I grab the forecasted cloud of conflict and swallow it whole. What does it mean to find community? To belong? My body answers with a soft sigh of understanding … [Read more...] about True Belonging Inside of the Storm
At that point, I went full swing into forming clubs to try to attract kids with similar interests. We had a Japanese Language and Culture club; we had a Programming for Kids club. Even though our homeschooling community proclaimed that all of our children were gifted, somehow it was the brainy/thinky kids who found our clubs and became our tightest social group. When I … [Read more...] about Finding Community in the Land of ‘All Children are Gifted’