Monthly Archives: February 2014

The IEA Blog is Turning 2! Top 5 Posts

candlesIn February 2012, we started the IEA blog to provide you with resources on parenting and teaching gifted youth as well as to keep you updated on what is happening at IEA. Two years later, we are humbled by how many people have read and shared this blog and our posts. To date, this blog has received more than 50,000 views!

In case you missed any of these, we wanted to take this opportunity to share the five most popular posts from the last year:

  1. 12 Lessons About Gifted Kids from Matilda
    The lovable title character in Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a precocious young girl who can teach the world a lot about gifted kids.
  2. Top 3 Online Educational Resources for Gifted Kids
    In this day and age of technology, more and more web-based resources are becoming available at our fingertips. Here are some great online educational resources.
  3. Brains or Beauty? Raising a Gifted Girl
    Lisa is a mother with a dilemma: “Every time I support my daughter’s need to look beautiful, I go through mental gymnastics.”
  4. Doing Homework the Wrong Way
    “There is a right way to approach your school work and a wrong way,” Lisa says. “But this isn’t a story about getting my son to do his homework the right way. This is about learning to accept his way.”
  5. Liberal Arts vs. Research Universities for Science Students
    Is an aspiring Ph.D. in the sciences better served by an undergraduate education at a liberal arts college or a research university? Certified College Counselor Kate Duey explores this topic.

And, as an honorable mention, the most popular post in our Many Faces of Gifted series: Arden! Before Arden was six years old, he had already been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, met Al Gore, been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live twice, and received a personal letter of encouragement from Bill Clinton.

We are so glad that you have found this blog helpful, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with valuable resources and information.

Please remember that this blog is for you, and we want to share what you want to see. We always welcome feedback and suggestions.

Here’s to a great third year!

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The Many Faces of Gifted: Melissa

By Carole Rosner

Every gifted person has a unique story. The following story is part of a series of posts depicting the many faces of gifted by highlighting gifted children and adults we have found through IEA programs. IEA’s Apprenticeship Program – mentioned in this story – links gifted high school students from across the country with mentors who advance each participant’s skills through the application of knowledge and exposure to real world experiences.

Melissa Mai Headshot

Melissa M.
2013 Apprentice, Astronomy, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

“Seeing the way the professors critiqued their students truly was an unexpected treasure of the Apprenticeship Program, as it revealed, unfiltered, the true dynamics of a research environment and showcased the intrinsically collaborative nature of research,” Melissa said about her four-week IEA Apprenticeship at Caltech last summer.

“I worked under Drs. Djorgovski, Donalek, and Mahabal in Caltech’s Department of Astronomy to create interactive, multimedia presentations using the WorldWide Telescope platform. My main job was to take data from my Mentors’ research about atomic emission spectra, Doppler shifting, and variability, and present it in a way that the everyday person can understand through ‘tours’ on the program. I worked with one other apprentice, Daniel Wright, who worked on a tour about asteroids.”

Learn more about Melissa!

Brains or Beauty? Raising a Gifted Girl

By Lisa Hartwig

Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco.

Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?

From the New York Times piece “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?”

I gave my 13-year-old daughter makeup for Christmas. I slipped powder, a makeup brush and tinted lip gloss in her stocking. At the time, I was aware of the message I might be sending, but I wanted her to stop raiding my makeup drawer when her friends come over. I didn’t want to take responsibility for the purchases, so they went into her stocking. Santa still fills the stockings.

I might have forgotten about my Christmas dilemma if I hadn’t read the New York Times op-ed piece “Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?”  The author reviewed Google searches that used the words son or daughter. According to the author, parents are 2 ½ times more likely to ask “Is my son gifted?” than “Is my daughter gifted?” On the other hand, parents are much more likely to initiate searches relating to their daughters’ appearance. The piece ends with the question “How would American girls’ lives be different if parents were half as concerned with their bodies and twice as intrigued by their minds?”

Read more about Lisa’s dilemma.

Don’t Count Her Out: A Review of Counting By 7s

Counting By 7s - a review

By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Dial Books for Young Readers

Reviewed by Seth Freeman, Writer/Producer and IEA Board Member

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old girl who sees the world in multiples of 7, patterns involving 7, subsets of 7. 7 is her favorite number.

She can learn a new language, even one as difficult as Vietnamese, in a couple of months. She will get a perfect score on pretty much any SAT-type of test that she takes, and she will finish the test in a fraction of the time allotted.

She is neither arrogant nor falsely modest about her abilities. Her facility is simply a fact of the universe, something she studies, like the growth of plants, human disease conditions, and human behavior in general. Willow also happens to be a very caring person, keenly observant and slyly funny, and it is a pleasure to share her company on every page of Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan’s smart, engaging, and deeply moving new novel.

But Willow is also someone who has experienced more misfortune in her short life than any kid or even adult should ever have to endure. With the help of a small group of off-beat, yet well-drawn and believable, characters, Willow not only survives, she thrives, and somehow, as she meets the challenges of adversity, she manages to elevate the lives of almost everybody with whom she comes in contact.

Counting by 7s is a wonderful book, entertaining and thoughtful enough to gain a wide readership beyond its target audience of young adults. The adventures of its appealing central character will make it a novel of special interest to anyone who knows or who has experienced the life of a gifted young person.

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