Gifted and Talented Tidbits 19

By Lenora Barnes 2/5/16


This week, in all grades, the students completed logic problems and Visual Brainstorms at their level. The classes also enjoyed the read aloud stories. The first and second grade students learned how scientists classify animals using a lesson from Mensa For Kids. The students then applied what they learned to their TPSP Animal Nation project and continued to research their chosen animal. The third and fourth grade students worked on their TPSP projects. Each group met with me to discuss progress and ask questions. An area that we are working on in particular is digging deeper when researching. I am working with them to help them understand the importance of adding depth to their research and how to do it.


2/20/16 - Destination Imagination Tournament - This year MISD will have 8 teams competing in the tournament at Oakridge High School. We would love to see you there! Look for the schedule in the near future.

No GT Class (I will be attending the TAGT Leadership Conference.) - April 4-5, 2016 (Mon. & Tues.)

Noetic Math Challenge Contest - Week of April 8, 2016

Third and Fourth Grade TPSP Project Presentations - Week of April 25, 2016


The Gifted Brain

Scientists can use EEG technology to detect brain functioning. Alpha waves are of particular interest to scientists studying the gifted brain. Scientists theorize that alpha activity is the result of neurons firing together and resting together. The higher the amplitude of the alpha waves, the more efficiently the neurons are firing. The gifted brain makes more use of the alpha wave activity within more areas of the brain. The gifted individual can move into this state more quickly and stay in it longer than average learners. Such a state allows more relaxed and concentrated learning, higher levels of retention, and more integration of hemispheric modalities.

There is more coherence and synchronicity of brain rhythms more often; allowing heightened concentration, focused attention, and in-depth probing and inquiry.

- Sousa, D. (2009)

Challenging The Gifted Brain

While it is important to understand the gifted brain, it is also critical that we know how to help it learn as well.

A study in 2008 (Phillips), revealed a disturbing trend among gifted students. According to this study, gifted students had a 5.0 percent dropout rate compared to 5.2 dropout rate for nongifted students!

Would some or all of these students have remained in school if their needs were being met?

Are we doing everything we can to meet the needs of our gifted students?