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Student Tip of the Week





05/07/218 - 05/11/2018

When You're So Busy You Can't See Straight

When do you have time for yourself? If the answer is never, it's time to do something about your schedule. Here's how to start:

  1. Make a list of your commitments. Include everything- homework, chores, extracurricular activities, lessons, practice, clubs, blog updates, etc., etc., etc.,
  2. Prioritize your list. Put a 1 by anything you must do-things that are not negotiable. (ex. homework) Put a 2 by anything you love to do. Put a 3 by anything you think you can do without.
  3. Talk to your parent. See how your parent/s feel about your cutting out some of your commitments. Ask if you can give up at least a few of the things you marked with a 3.
  4. Try not to overbook yourself in the future. Learn to really think about what you want to involved in. If it is not really, really important to you, say no to it. All kids need time in their schedule for relaxation. Time to be free, to chill out, to have fun, to sleep, to daydream, to doodle, and to just hang out.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide



04/30/2018 - 05/04/2018 

6 Tricks to Finding Friends

1. Volunteer. Volunteering is one of the best ways to build self-esteem and to meet people who share a common interest.

2. Ask your parents to help you connect with other GTs. Many parents of GTs are members of some kind of association devoted to meeting the needs of gifted kids. These groups often sponsor activities for kids.

3. Join an online social networking group. The internet is full of sites that kids can join safely and freely create a user profile, chat with others, create blogs, upload photos, listen to music, make trading cards, get help with homework, create and join interest groups, and tons more. Try http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/.

4. Get a Mentor. You don't always need to make friends with people your own age. A mentor is a caring adult who will spend time with you exploring your special interest.

5. Get involved in things outside of school. Join groups, activities, classes and clubs where you'll meet new people who share your interests.

6. Don't limit yourself to only being friends with other GTs. It's good to have friends who aren't in your GT program, too. Maybe you have a GT friend you play music with, someone else you play soccer with, and another friend you volunteer with at the local animal shelter. All of these can be equally important to you.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




04/23/2018 - 04/27/2018

8 Great Friendships Tips To GTs From GTs  

  1. Take turns being the leader.
  2. Have your friends' backs. Always be there-not just in the good times.
  3. Let your friends do their own things. Don't boss them around.
  4. Always be able to look your friends in the eyes. Be honest with them.
  5. Listen to what your friends have to say.
  6. It's okay for friends to fight sometimes. It means you're not afraid to disagree.
  7. Laugh at your friends jokes, never their feelings.
  8. Show your friends that you truly like them for they are. Tell them the things you dig about them. 


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




04/16/2018 - 04/20/2018

Behavioral and Learning Differences

Some kids are exceptional in more than one way, such as being identified as gifted and having LD (a learning disability), ADHD, Spectrum Disorder,  or other special needs. If you're one of these kids, you may have trouble interacting with people or have extra challenges in learning. This can be very confusing for you and the people around you. On one hand, you are really smart, while on the other hand, some of your traits and behaviors may not be typical for a gifted kid. People may not always "see" your gifts.

       Another possibility is that people may not "see" that a gifted kid has a disorder such as ADHD, because her or his strengths and talents draw attention away from the disorder. These kids are praised for their abilities and yet secretly struggle to maintain them because of their ADHD, without realizing why. This can lead to extreme frustration and poor self-esteem.

       Meanwhile, a third possibility is that kids who don't have a learning or behavioral differences are labeled as having them, because some adults don't know much about giftedness. For example, they may confuse GT characteristics, such as being very intense or sensitive, as having Spectrum Disorder. Or they may mistakenly label a GT with ADHD because he or she is simply board in class and having a hard time sitting still and concentrating.

       If you think you might fit into either of these camps-being extra exceptional, struggling with a learning difference that has not been identified, or having your giftedness confused with something else-seek support from your dad or mom, teachers, or specialist in your school who can help you deal with these challenges.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




04/09/2018 - 04/13/2018

What To Do When You're Freakishly Frantic or Down in the Dumps

       Everyone has a bad day or a stressful week now and then. And sometimes, lousy feelings or tough times can last even longer. When this happens to you, there's plenty you can do about it.

       No one-not kids, adults, animals, or even insects- can do very well in life if they have too much stress in their lives.

       To be happy and successful in and out od school, you need to strike a balance between too little stress and too much. The key is to know where your balance level, or "zone" is, because everyone reacts to life's anxieties differently. Then, when you feel yourself getting over-stressed or under-stressed, you can take action to get back to your zone. For, example, take a break from studying to talk with a friend. Take several deep breaths. Or, listen to relaxing music.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




03/26/2018 - 03/30/2018

Whats the Big Deal About Self-Esteem?

self-esteem noun: a realistic respect that you have for yourself: a feeling of self-pride.

The key words in the definition of self-esteem are realistic and respect. Self-esteem doesn't mean bragging or exaggerating about who you are and what you can do. It means being realistic-honest-about who you are, inside and out. That includes knowing your strengths and knowing what things you need to work on. Being honest about all parts of your self makes it easier to accept and like yourself for who you really are, and not who you think you "should" be.

Respect is an important part of self-esteem, too. Without respect for yourself, you're less likely to feel comfortable standing up to teasers and bullies, or speaking up and asking for what you need or want at school, at home, or with your friends. When you have lots of self-esteem-or realistic respect for yourself-parents, teachers, classmates, and friends are more likely to respect you.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide



03/19/2018 - 03/23/2018

The 3 Great Truths About Perfectionism

1. No one int he world is perfect, and no one is good at everything.
Instead of trying to be perfect in everything you do, learn to give the give things that are most important to you your maximum energy. Then give yourself a break and don't go all out in everything else, or you'll end up exhausted and frustrated. When you take care of yourself in this way, you'll find you actually end up being super-successful in the things that truly matter to you, versus sort of successful in everything.

2. It's perfectly okay to be imperfect!
Everyone, including you, learns much of what you know from making mistakes. You learn what to do differently next time. You are freer to take chances and try new things that help you learn. Life is definitely more fun when you aren't afraid of to flub up, goof, flop, bomb, or otherwise be human.

3.Many, many things matter more than being perfect.
Getting A's in school might feel good, but they don't have anything to do with being a nice person or having a good life. It's important to spend your time and energy developing multiple characteristics that lead to success and happiness, not just perfect scores. Developing traits like trustworthiness, creativity, honesty, generosity, curiosity, and persistence make for a truly interesting, full, and admirable life.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




03/12/2018 - 03/16/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy WEEK 8: "Anytime-of-the-Day"

Use your powers of persuasion to convince your teachers that you need an "anytime-of-the-day" library and media center pass. Be a regular customer of your library and media center and learn as much as you can there - from books, (online) encyclopedias, dictionaries, newspapers, magazines,reports, Web sites, podcasts, . . .and anything else you can find. While teachers try their best, they're not going to be able to teach you everything you want to know.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide



03/05/2018 - 03/09/2018


8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy WEEK 7: Demonstrate Your Knowledge in New and Unusual Ways

Ask your teacher if you can demonstrate what you have learned in new and unusual ways. Instead of writing a report, how about one of these options.

  • Build a diorama
  • Write a play or short story
  • Prepare a speech
  • Compose a song
  • Create a slide show
  • Design a webpage
  • Construct a mobile
  • Record a podcast
  • Or, any other project that accentuates your giftes.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide






02/26/2018 - 03/02/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 6: Start a Journal or Blog

Write your thoughts, poetry, stories, doodles, new ideas or other creative jottings in a journal. Or, start a blog . . ., which is like a journal, only it's published online. Post your musings whenever and about whatever you choose. You could blog about your favorite topics, pets, projects, and current events. Some people even blog about their daily breakfast cereals!

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide





02/19/2018 - 02/23/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 5: Talk With Your Teachers and Principal About Starting Mini-Classes For Subjects Not Taught At Your School

. . . find a few other students who share your interest. Tell your teachers and your principal about your idea. Ask them to help you figure out how, when, and where your class could meet. They might also be able to help you find a tutor or guide the class. Borrow books and CD-ROMS or DVDs from the media center and you're on your way. E' una buona idea!

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide





02/12/2018 - 02/16/2018 

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 4: Talk With Teachers In Your School Who Specialize In Certain Subjects

Talk with teachers in your school who specialize in certain subjects - those who teach art, music, dance, drama, creative writing, computers [technology], and other subjects. Would they be willing to accept your help in planning activities and events or even lesson units? Could you be a computer aid, a tutor, or a TV [Smart Board, projection] operator? Volunteer to help them in creative and productive ways. Media centers and specialized teachers will likely welcome your skills and enthusiasm.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




02/05/2018 - 02/09/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 3: Become An Expert On Your Favorite Topic

Talk with your teachers about working independently. This is a great way to study subjects in more depth than most regular classes allow. By working on your own thing, at your own speed, there's no limit to what you can learn. Ask your teacher or parent to help you plan your study. Keep in mind that working independently doesn't necessarily mean working alone. GTs need help from others learning the how-tos of independent study. Here are some questions to help guide you in creating an effective plan to present to your teacher:

       1. What will you study and how? Be as specific as   

       2. Who can help you besides your teacher? A librarian? 
           Parent? A relative who is knowledgeable about your 
           topic? Someone from your community?

      3. How long will your study take?

       4. How will you show what you have learned? Talk with
           your teachers about creating unique displays for your
           classroom or school. You could work alone or with
           other students. You might design a new display each
           month, and take responsibility for putting it up and 
           taking down.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide



01/29/2018 - 02/02/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 2: Ask About Skipping Over ork You Already Know

This will free up time for more challenging projects. Example: Some kids take a pretest at the start of a spelling unit. If they score well on the pretest, say 95 percent or more correct, they don't have to work on learning the words for that unit, because their pretest score shows they already know them. You can apply this idea to other subjects, too.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




01/22/2018 - 01/26/2018

8 Weeks For Self-Advocacy

WEEK 1: Talk With Your Teacher About Working Ahead of the Class

In their regular classes, many GTs have told me that a big issue is whether or not their teacher allows them to work ahead in the lesson, either in class when they finish their work early, or outside of class. If you'd like to work ahead, but your teacher won't allow it, try talking to him or her. Explain how you feel, and see if there might be room for compromise. (Remember, the GT teachers are here to assist if needed.)


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide



01/08/2018 - 01/12/2018

Gifted Education State By State

The federal government defines gifted students as those “who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.”

       Although the definition recognizes that gifted and talented children have special educational needs, the federal presence in gifted education is minimal. There is no federal mandate to identify and serve gifted students, and the single federal program for gifted and talented children, the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, currently provides only $9 million for national research and demonstration projects. This funding is at risk . . ..

       In the absence of a federal mandate, decisions about gifted education programs and services are made at the state and local levels. And the variability in state gifted education laws, regulations and funding result in a wide discrepancy between and within states of available services.

       In at least 16 states, the availability of gifted education depends solely on local district funds, which all too often leaves bright students without access to appropriate services. The following snapshot, from a bi-annual report by the National Association for Gifted Children and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, illustrates the patchwork quilt effect of state support and policy:

* 28 states do not require local school districts to follow the same identification guidelines or uniform identification processes;

* 14 states have statewide, residential public high schools for math and science;

* 24 states have no policies specifically permitting early entrance to kindergarten or leave the decision to local educators; and

* l 6 states require gifted and talented training in initial teacher preparatory programs.

—Jane Clarenbach


Kentucky Services Provided

Does the legislation mandate that gifted students be served?
Yes (K-12)
Does the state require parent/guardian involvement in gifted and talented identification and service decisions?
Yes, at the state level
Does the state require specific criteria/methods to identify gifted students?
Range of state-approved assessments from which Local Education Authorities (LEAs) may select
Does the state provide guidance or guidelines for the identification process?
Is there legislation that mandates specialized training in gifted education for teachers of gifted students?
Is the age or time at which students are identified for gifted programming mandated in your state?
Does your state require school districts to have a gifted education administrator?
Does the state have an acceleration policy?
No state policy; up to local education authority determine
Acceleration Institute - State Policy page
Does gifted education legislation exist?
SB 134 (March 2005)





01/02/2018 - 01/05/2018

IQ Scores Explained

In some cases, a student may be given an intelligence test- an IQ test. IQ is the abbreviation for intelligence quotient. IQ tests measure how well you do on school-type intellectual tasks, but are not based directly on your curriculum. If your IQ is high, you have the potential to do very well in school. (Whether you do is up to you).

Some educators feel that assigning kids a number such as an IQ score does more harm than good, since it is such a small part of a person's true intelligence.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide





12/11/2017 - 12/15/2017

Achievement Scores Explained

Achievement test scores tell how well you're learning the things taught in school. The tests measure your progress in math, reading, science, social studies and other school subjects. Your scores will probably be a little different in each area, because most GTs aren't equally good at everything. But if you're chosen for a GT program, it's likely that your are tops in more than one subject. In fact, many GTs' achievement test scores show them them working in many subjects, at least two years beyond where most kids their age are working.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide





12/04/2017 - 12/08/2017

What Is a GT Program?

Programs or classes for gifted kids have lots of different names. No matter what the name, the basic goals are the same:

     1. To provide you with challenges you aren't likely to get in your regular classroom, so you can learn at a higher level and stretch your mind.

     2. To give you support and encouragement to do and be your best.

     3. To place you in the company of other advanced learners, so you can support and challenge one another, and feel free to be yourself.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide







11/27/2017 - 12/01/2017

What If I Don't Want to Be GT- Can I Change?

Sure, you can change. But do you really want to?

Imagine you had a dog, Buddy, who loved to play fetch. The more challenging you made it for Buddy to fetch, the harder he ran to find whatever you threw. If it sometimes to Buddy a while to fetch, would you want him to give up? If Buddy wasn't always successful at finding the object you threw, would stop playing fetch with him? Or if Buddy did fetch like a super-dog, and everyone at the dog park clapped and cheerer . . . would you pull him away and put him back in his kennel? I bet you wouldn't. I bet you'd cheer on Buddy, too, and stick with him. So, why wouldn't you treat yourself as well as you'd treat Buddy? Why would you want to stop being all you're capable of being and stop striving at things you're interested in?

If you're really thinking you don't want to be gifted, things are probably happening around you that don't feel so good. Maybe some people in your life aren't treating you with understanding or respect. They may have unrealistic expectations of you that feel unfair. Or, they may think they always know what's best for you all the time instead of listening to what you want. Maybe what you really need is some help and encouragement. Lot's of programs, classes, books, activities, and ideas have helped other GT's who, like you, were "sick of it all." Being GT can- and should- be an awesome experience, not a drag.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide





11/13/2017 - 11/17/2017

Will I Always Be GT?

The "roots" of your giftedness will always be present, deep in your genetic code. But a lot depends on how others (like your dad or mom, teachers, and even friends) help or do not help you, and also on how you help or hinder yourself. For example, if you think to yourself, "I'm not that smart . . . I can't do this . . . I give up!" your much less likely to build new neural "highways" and enhance the way your brain works. You'll be far more successful if you say, "I can handle this . . . I'm smart . . . I'll persist."

You'll also ensure your smarts stay intact by simply using them-a lot. In one experiment, scientist put volunteers through a brain "boot camp". They first gave them an intelligence test. Then, they gave the people a bunch of harder memory tasks to do, such as solving puzzles. When the volunteers were retested, every single person increased their ability to reason, solve problems, and think more quickly. So, in some ways your brain is pretty simple: You either use it or you lose it. And if you use it enough, there may be no limit to how smart you can get.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide






11/06/2017 - 11/10/2017

Nature and Nurture

So certain brain features you've inherited are part of why you're gifted- but that's definitely not the whole story. Where you live, what you do, and everything and everyone around you also play a very important role. From the day you were born, your surroundings, your life style, and your choices either build on or take away from your natural abilities.

You can think of your genes as forming roots of a tree. As a GT, you likely have some very sturdy, healthy roots. But how big an healthy the branches and leaves grow depends on how well the tree (you) is cared for and nurtured. Do you live in a home where people value learning? Do you eat healthy food and get enough sleep? Do you exercise? Do you try new things? Are you loved and supported? Just like a tree, you need nurturing from your environment in order to build on your roots.


Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




10/30/2017 - 11/03/2017

Better Blood Flow and Communication

In addition to all the electrical "juice", your GT brain also gets blood pumped to into it-a lot. Your brain contains roughly 100,00 miles of blood vessels (enough to stretch almost halfway to the moon!) and recent MRI scans of kids highly gifted in math, for example, show seven times the normal blood flow to all parts of their brains active during math work.  And finailly, as if that weren't enough, the two halves of your brain (the right and left hemisphers) are likely best buds and communicate far better than the average brain halves do. For this reason, many GTs tend to be at least somewhat ambidextrous.

Using the latest technologies, neuroscientists, (brain researchers) are constantly discovering fascinating new things about how people think, feel, and learn. In fact, it's possible that in the future a person's intelligence will not be measured by IQ tests or college-enterance exams, but by a simple scan of his or her brain.

Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide




10/23/2017 - 10/27/2017

Loaded with Memory

If you think of your GT brain like a computer, you've now learned that it has a larger hard drive and faster procssor than most. Well, as it turns out, it also comes loaded with extra memory. When your working on a complex problem-solving task, like a crossword puzzle or math problem, your brain needs to store and retrieve lots of pieces of information from its memory bank.

In most people, this memory bank is only in the frontal lobe. But experiments show that in gifted people, the occipital lobe in the
rear of the brain is also active during complex tasks, providing you with lots of space and power to quickly solve problems. This extra storage area allows you to make more and faster connectons between new things you learn.

Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide




10/16/2017 - 10/20/2017

Faster is Brighter, Too
In adittion to possibly inheriting a larger brain, you may have also inherited a faster brain. Genetics are a strong predictor of how fast a person developes nueral connections. Evidence exists that your environment and your habits (like studying and practiceing) can also help speed up these connections. Whatever the reason, your GT brain takes less time than average to turn new knowledge into routine knowledge-in other words, to learn. ... Chances are that as a young child, even as a baby, you were already showing signs of this fastr learning speed.

Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide






10/09/2017 - 10/13/2017

Bigger Is Brighter (... or Is Brighter Bigger?)

There is a clear link between how intelligent you are (based on test scores) and how big your brain is. As a GT, you likely have more [white] brain matter in your brain, especially in your frontal lobe, which process most general intellectual tasks. Of course, it's hard to know which came first: your big brain or your big IQ. In otherwords, did your big brain make you smart? Or, did your smarts cause your brain to grow bigger over time?

One thing is certain: GT's brains are wired differently from other people's brains. A brain is basically a jumble of about 100 billion electrical wires, called neurons, which "talk" to one another and make connections. And the more neural connections you have in a given area of your brain, the bigger that area will be.

For example, Albert Einstein's parietal lobe, which is resposible for recieving and poccessing math facts, was 15 percent larger than normal. Likewise, if you are gifted in music like, the young opera star Charlotte Church, then your left temporal lobe is probably bigger than average. What if you're a gifted writer like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling? Then both your frontal lobe and left temporal lobe might be enlarged, because you've got tons of neurons chatting away in the two main language-processing centers located in those areas.

However, some areas of GTs' brains have also been found to have less brain activity and fewer neural connections than normal, a fact that has long confused scientist. The current theory is that gifted people's brains might simply build more efficient circiuts in certain areas, so they are able to fuction better using less energy. Who knew that even your brain could be "energy efficiant"? 


Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide







Too Many Labels

Chances are you've always known that you think and learn differently from many kids. Your friends know it, too; that's why they say things like "Your so smart" or "You always get good grades." But that's not enough. You want to know more. Being labeled "gifted", "talened", or "high potential" is a start. Labels are a pain, but they are part of life. They help us understand and communicate concepts and ideas. The problem is, when people can't agree on what the labels mean and which ones to use, kids (like you) may get stuck with too many labels.

If this happens to you, don't worry. Simply keep the labels that you like and that make you feel good, ignore the labels you don't like, and ask questions about the ones you don't understand.

Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide





8 Big Benefits of Being GT

1. Our schoolwork in GT classes is more challenging and we learn more.

2. We get to do special things-activities, field trips, experiments, and projects.

3. Our regular school work is easy for us to understand.

4. When we are in special programs and classes, we meet new people and get to be with friends who understand us.

5. We can help others with their work.

6. Our friends and other kids look up to us.

7. We look forward to a bright future.

8. Our GT classes are usually smaller than regular classes so we get extra attention.


Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide






5 Things GTs Need To Succed  

I. Challenges.
Gifted kids like to be challenged. In fact many say that it is harder for them to do simple things than it is to tackle difficult work. That means you need people, schoolwork, classes, activities, and oppertunities that will S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind.

2. Self-esteem.
You need to feel pleased and proud of the person you are-just the way you are. This doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't try to be even better. But you need to believe in your own basic worth.

3. Talk Time.
You need oppertunities to talk with people who respect and understand you. These people might be friends, family, or people at school or in the community. Let them know what your thinking and how you're feeling. Ask questions when you are confused, ask them for advice when you want it, and listen closley to their feedback. The key is to find a few people you trust and talk to them regularly.

4. Self-awareness.
You need to know yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Your hopes and dreams? Who are you, anyway? If you are unsure, how can you learn more about yourseslf? One way to develope self-awareness is by asking yourself questions like: What kind of person do I want to be? What do I think and feel, and why?

5. Support.
You need trustworthy people in your life who are willin to help you. People you can turn towhen the going gets tough. People who want the best for you. Make a list of people you can count on for help.

Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide






08/28/2017 - 09/01/2017

Celebs You DIdn't Know Were Geeks

Will Smith (actor, singer, producer)
       Offered full scholarship to the engineering program at      
       MIT, IQ 132

Matt Damon (actor)
       Straight A student, studied English at Harvard, IQ 135.

Natalie Portman (actress)
       Graduated high school with 4.0 GPA, degree in psycology
       from Harvard, speaks fluent Hebrew, French, and 
      Japanese, IQ 140.

Shakia (singer)
       Wrote her first poem when she was 4, composed first song
       at 8, won a grammy, IQ 140

Alicia Keyes (singer)
       High school valedictorian (at age 16!), briefly attended
       Columbia University before pursuing music, Grammy  
       award winner, IQ 154

Ashton Kutcher (actor)
       Fenture capitalist; a product engineer for Chinese
       computer giant Lenovo; part of the management team of
       tech startup Ooma, successful restauranteur and human
       rights activist, IQ 160

Reggie Jackson (baseball Hall of Famer)
       five world championships, 14 All-Star appearances, 563
       home runs, .357 batting average, IQ 160   

Conan O'Brian (talk show host)
       Head writer for The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live,
       attended Harvard, IQ 160

Mayim Bialik (actress)
       accepted to both Harvard and Yale but chose to attend
       UCLA where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and her
       PhD in neuroscience, IQ 163

James Woods (actor)
       Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor attended
        MIT. He has the highest recorded IQ of anyone on this list.
        At 184, it is so high that there are less than 100 people in
        the U.S. can make that claim. 

Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide




08/21/2017 - 08/25/2017

When You're Gifted You Have High Potential
At some point in your life, your teachers or parent might have said, "You're not working to your potential." But, what if you are doing all of your schoolwork, even finish early? And you're getting good grades? And you're not goofing off in class?


The answer is: They know you are capable of more. Much more. You can go far beyond the regular school work-or even the GT program-if you try. It's up to adults to give you opportunities, but it's up to you to take them, and to ask for them.


Maybe you've heard the old saying "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." If your teachers challenge you or your parent encourages you to explore new things-say "Yes!" (Unless you're already too busy to even take a drink of water, but that's another topic.)


You could be the smartest person in the world, but if you don't choose to use your high potential, you might as well have a brain the size of a toad (not that I have anything against toads).


Judy Gabraith
The Gifted Kids Survial Guide





08/14/2017 - 08/18/2017

8 Back To School Tips Every

Student Should Know

By Gabrielle Flank

It’s that time of year again and we can hear the school bells ringing! It can be hard to adjust from the dog days of summer to the busy and fast pace of the school year. Here are eight tips to get back into the school mode and start this year off right!

Tip #1: Have the Proper School Supplies that you need for your classes!
I highly suggest getting folders and binder with patterns and designs to make note taking more fun. During the first day of class most teachers will tell you everything they require for their courses. Make sure that you get the specified supplies so that you are able to keep up with the class work and stay organized.

Tip #2: Get an Agenda!
During the school year is such a busy time! Between taking test, doing home work, attending activities, and school events it can be really hard to keep track of everything. By keeping an updated agenda you can better manage your time and know what you have to accomplish. Having a agenda will definitely help you with time management. Time management is key to being successful and staying on top of everything you need to do!

Tip #3: Know your Course Syllabus
Knowing your class schedule is so important for being successful in the course your taking. Teachers will typical hand out your syllabus in class or post it online. I highly suggest keeping it in a safe and convenient place so you can frequently view. Knowing when you have papers and projects due is so important for passing the course and keeping up your grades. Having the syllabus will allow you to plan ahead and give yourself proper time to complete every assignment and get great grades!

Tip #4: Do Not Procrastinate
This is something that we have all been guilty of in the past and have learned the stressful repercussions. A habit is created in three weeks so if you study for every course your taking daily in 21 days that will be a new habit for you. Dedicating a little bit of time everyday to the courses you are taking is definitely going to positively impact your grades and make you a better student!

Tip #5: Know What is Expected of You
rIt is very important to know what your teachers are expecting from you. Pay attention to what the teacher is saying about the workload of the class and what they are hoping for you to get out of it. Teacher are supposed to want you to succeed so most likely they will provide you with what you need to do to thrive. Knowing their expectations and achieving them will help your year start smoothly. Always remember that communicating with your teachers is key for understanding their expectations.

Tip #6: Get Involved
Getting involved with your school community is great because you can pursue your interest and meet peers who have the same and similar interest as you. Many studies have shown that students who are involved in sports and school activities are able to achieve higher GPA’s. If you enjoy playing sports try out for the school team. If you are a musician or actor then join your school band or theatre company and share your talent with your fellow peers. Join clubs that you are interested in and attend all the meetings. If your school doesn’t have the sports you play, a club you want to join, or a musical or theatre program then talk to your school administrators and see if you are able to start your own! It is amazing to have something that you are passionate about and enjoy doing so never be afraid to pursue your interests.

Tip #7: Learn What Type of Learner You Are
Everyone is individual and so is the way you learn ! There are three main types of learning styles which are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Knowing what type of learner you are is going to help you be a better student and have better studying habits.When you are able to determine the type of learning style that is best for you, you will find better results when you are studying and it will result in higher test scores! I highly encourage you to do some research and determine the type of learner you are so you can personalize your studying.

Tip #8: List of academic goals
Write out a list of goals that you want to achieve for the upcoming school year! Do you want to make the lead role in the play, get that varsity spot on the basket ball team, improve your grades, You can reach all the goals you set for this year! When you write down every goal you are able to plan and realize what you need to do to prepare for them. Having that list can be a driving and motivating force to help you work to achieve those goals.

Every new school year is a opportunity for a fresh start, new friends, and to make it count. You have the potential to make this year one of the best ones yet!