Category Archives: Gifted

When Inner Clouds Are Real

  Thinking about the world makes me sad. So many people starving without access to food, dying from lack of medical care or even simply not having access to clean water, killing each other instead of working together. Wars, constant … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Writing Your Own Script: Struggling and Succeeding in Socializing

I last reviewed this book in November 2015. However, my perspective has changed significantly, and I wanted to revisit it. Finding and making friends has always been really hard for me. My constant refrain as a child was “I don’t … Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations in Tutoring and Mentoring

I’ve known I wanted to teach since I was a little kid. My dolls were lined up for lessons; my poor brother and cousins got roped into “playing school” with me. All through college and grad school, I would watch … Continue reading

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Teaching for the Future

Teaching is the only social interaction that comes naturally to me. Sharing information, explaining things to other people – it is not only easy, but it gives me joy. That is why I teach for GHF Online, and why I … Continue reading

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Seeing Success, Feeling Failure

I have never been good at failing. As a child, if I was dissatisfied with my handwriting, I would spend hours and hours practicing, using up page after page of paper. When I began to struggle during my figure skating … Continue reading

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Looking Back: Intro to Planet Earth (GHF Online)

Fall 2015 is over. My students have presented, evaluations have been sent out, and it’s over. Intro to Planet Earth is over – at least until next year. This term seemed to fly by! I loved working with these kids. … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

Writing Your Own Script, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT (co-authors of Making The Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child), is the book my family wishes we had when I was little. Incidentally, my mother is one … Continue reading

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Small Price, Huge Value

Co-written with my mother, Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Corin: When my kids were young, we didn’t have a lot of money for activities. We lived in the Silicon Valley, where the cost of living is high … Continue reading

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Undesirable #1: Bullying

What is “normal”? What does it mean to be “different”? After all, no two of us are the same… right? Bullying is, fundamentally, a fear-based behavioral response to real or perceived differences between individuals or among groups. Smart, stupid, silly, serious, short, … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A book for every gifted adult

Pamela Price‘s new book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient, describes the social stigma of being different, the pain of bullying, and the immense strength it takes to get through the damage, short-term and long-term, that such actions cause. For me, it was an eye-opening, third-person view into … Continue reading

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