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This week is going to be all about the ARTS!!!
When kids leap quickly, how do we know if they really looked at lightning speed, or just bypassed looking all together?
Fast thinkers often leave educators in awe and on the chase for more activities and curriculum to keep them moving forward, but fast thinkers also need their teachers to develop an awareness of when it would be good to slow them down. This may seem like an argument against differentiation for gifted students, but it is an underrepresented form of gifted advocacy.
Sometimes our students' greatest strengths can also be their greatest weaknesses. Fast thinkers can process vast quantities of information in a short amount of time, but they can also be obedient to absolutes because they need less repetition to understand an idea, and therefore spend less time incubating about concepts.
I'm so inspired by kids, everyday. I'm inspired by how they think, how they discover, how they believe, how they exude compassion, how they can and do change the world. The stories of these young entrepeneurs are more than amazing.
As teachers, we are constantly looking for new ideas to engage our learners beyond textbooks, and create extension activities for those who are moving fast or need a different path to content. We see ideas everywhere! The two "How to Draw..." images of a panda and koala came from the inside of my kids' cereal boxes. Thank you Nature's Path.
During a recent snow day, my five-year-old daughter started drawing the panda on her magna-doodle. Pretty soon she was transforming the original drawing ideas into a "dancing panda," adding bamboo for it to eat, and asking questions about pandas. So of course, I did a google search about pandas and stumbled across a few live panda cam sources.