IEA Blog Anniversary – Top 5 Posts of the Year

birthday_decorationsMarch marked the first anniversary of the Institute for Educational Advancement blog! We launched this blog to provide resources and information about giftedness, to share stories of gifted individuals, and to keep everyone updated on what is happening at IEA. To celebrate, we wanted to share the most popular posts of the last year in case you missed any of them.

The most viewed posts of the last year were:

  1. Top 5 TEDTalks for Parents of Gifted Kids
    “I love TEDTalks. Whenever I need a break from my day-to-day routine, I watch a TEDTalk and lose myself in the brilliance of people and their ideas….For your viewing pleasure, here are my top five most powerful, informative, and stimulating TEDTalks for parents of gifted children. Enjoy!”
  2. 15 Strategies for Managing Your Child’s Intensities
    “Everything that makes your children intellectually intense also makes them emotionally intense. These intensities can be difficult to manage as a parent. Once you understand what intensities are and where they come from, you can start implementing strategies to help your child manage these overexcitabilities.”
  3. Too Fast, Too Slow, Just Right – Acceleration for the Gifted Child
    “Many gifted children only have the option of participating in advanced extracurricular programs. While a lifeline for highly able students, these classes are held after school and on weekends, which means students remain unchallenged during the traditional academic school day.”
  4. Breathing in I Calm My Body: Intensities in the Gifted
    “Children who feel things with great intensity experience the world in a different way. Gifted young people are often more aware, stimulated, and affected by their surroundings. Emotional or physical reactions to events can last longer than expected and are often replayed in the child’s mind.”
  5. Preparing for an Independent School Interview
    “When applying to competitive, selective independent schools, many things count, including grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and the interview. Here is a basic list that will help students and parents get through this important part of the admissions process and allow the applicant to show yourself as the accomplished, unique person you are.”

And, as a bonus, the post that received the most “likes” was:

Parental Expectations
“When my sons were in elementary school, I argued with the teachers every year to get them the instruction that they needed. When they reached middle school, I found the solution: a school for gifted and talented students….The school offered my children what they needed – academically, socially and emotionally. The school also brought out all my insecurities.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our monthly guest writers, Carole Rosner and Lisa Hartwig, for helping us create great content for our readers. We would also like to thank all of our readers – you’re the reason we write here! If there is anything else you want to see on this blog, please let us know any time. You can comment on any post or contact our office.

Thank you for a great year! We look forward to many more!

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