[Tag-Info] FW: Genius Denied Newsletter - June 2007
Andrea.Morgan at state.or.us
Fri Jun 8 11:12:16 PDT 2007
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From: Jan and Bob Davidson [mailto:JanandBob at ditd.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 5:30 PM
To: MORGAN Andrea
Subject: Genius Denied Newsletter - June 2007
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In 2004, Simon & Schuster published Genius Denied,
co-authored by Jan and Bob Davidson with Laura Vanderkam
This issue contains: Frequently asked questions from parents on the
concepts of scheduling and motivation; a commentary from Jan Davidson on
the importance of holding core values; and a selection of some of our
recent Tips for Parents articles.
Applications for the 2008 Davidson Fellows
<http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/671/0/> scholarships are
now available online
<http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/785/0/> . Also, we continue
to accept applications for our Young Scholars
Have a wonderful summer!
All our best,
Jan and Bob Davidson
NEWS ALERT: ABC Nightline's recent report on The Davidson Academy
Q. How many extracurricular activities should I get my gifted son
involved in? How busy is too busy? - L.E.
A. Many parents worry about balancing their children's many
extracurricular interests and activities. In January, Time Magazine
reporter, John Cloud, wrote an article about this subject entitled, "The
Overscheduled Child Myth
Involvement in extracurricular activities can be beneficial, increasing
self-confidence, academic performance, school involvement, and
connection to peers with similar interests. However, if you are noticing
that your child is tired, stressed, or manifesting physical complaints
such as headaches, it may be time to talk with him to see if he would
like to cut back on his amount of extracurricular commitments.
To learn more:
* The Overlooked Side Effects of Overscheduling Kids, Families
* The Overbooked Child: Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Hard?
* Gifted-friendly parenting strategies
Q. My 10-year-old gifted child is happy to "just get by" doing the
minimum work in most of her classes. I know she is capable of so much
more. All she wants to do is write stories for her English class. - M.R.
A. To encourage your child to become intrinsically motivated to achieve,
you may have to start with external rewards to help her along the way.
For example, you may want to offer a writing camp during the summer if
she can keep her grades up in all subject areas.
Psychologist Carol Dweck studied the effects of praise on students and
determined that subtle differences in how parents word and express
praise can have a substantial effect on future performance. Her research
suggests that children who are constantly praised for their intelligence
will feel that their performance is out of their control. Therefore,
Dweck contends that praising children for their efforts is more
effective if the praise is specific, such as complimenting a child for a
particular answer. Also, make sure the praise is sincere, as children
often recognize hidden agendas. Read more about this study in the New
York Magazine article, "How Not to Talk to Your Kids
Here are a few resources you may find helpful:
* Intrinsic Motivation
* The Underachievement Of Gifted Students: What Do We Know And
Where Do We Go? <http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/794/0/>
* Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy Students (Bored,
Frustrated and Otherwise Sick of School)
Commentary: Who's Responsible?
By Jan Davidson
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up
- Laurence J. Peter
This saying rings so true to us. In our business, philanthropic and
personal endeavors, we rely on our core values to be our compass so we
don't end up "somewhere else."
Family, respect, integrity, kindness, responsibility, thinking BIG,
giving back. These are just a few of the driving qualities (or core
values) we live by and hope to inspire in the young people we serve.
Balancing the details of day-to-day living with the pursuit of
well-being can be a struggle for youth as well as adults. We sometimes
find ourselves going full speed ahead, unaware of our direction, as we
strain to meet the demands of our hectic lives. Setting aside time to
evaluate your intended direction and contemplate whether your efforts
have you headed down the desired path is essential in the quest for
satisfaction. Understandably, no one is perfect, and from time to time
we all stray from what we know is right in our heart of hearts.
Re-examining your core values can help you get back on track.
Take time to have a core values discussion with your family; consider
* What qualities or traits in yourself do you hold dearest?
* What qualities or traits do you hold dearest in others?
* If you had to synthesize who you are and what you stand for,
what would you say?
* How would you like others to describe you?
While it is possible to pursue your goals with only a vague
understanding of your core values, numerous successful businesses and
institutions take the time to explicitly identify and communicate their
core values. Shouldn't we as individuals do the same? Openly discussing
core values with people who are close to you may help create a better
understanding of one another. Core values provide an anchor as well as a
The Davidson Institute hosts regular online seminars for Young Scholar
parents, conducted by experts in the field of gifted education. Tips for
Parents were generated from a few of our most recent seminars:
* Tips for Parents: Learning the Inner Game of High Achievement
<http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/796/0/> - Maureen Neihart
* Tips for Parents: Worry, Stress, and Depression
<http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/797/0/> - Edward R. Amend,
* Tips for Parents: Where's the Spark: Managing Boredom In/Out of
School <http://ditdlyris.davdgrp.com/t/271658/46592/798/0/> - Robert A.
* * *
NOTE: Due to space constraints, questions answered in this newsletter
be edited and similar questions combined.
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