Making Music with Musicians


A person with "musical genius" will often show awareness of melody and rhythm from a very early age. They begin by responding to music, swaying or tapping rhythms with hands and feet. This may continue through childhood. Those little guys who are always singing, humming, whistling, or using their pencils to drum on the desk? Yeah. Them. But don't let it irritate you. These kids tend to Read More

Teaching Actors, Athletes, Gymnasts, and Ballerinas


People with natural body awareness and coordination may not even be aware of their gift. It's easy to take for granted and easy to overlook since we don't typically "test" physical prowess like we do other school subjects, but those of us who lack those skills can assure you they don't come naturally to everyone! Physical "geniuses" have natural grace, flexibility, balance, strength Read More

Inspiring Artists, Architects, and Engineers


Do you have a budding artist, architect, or engineer in your house? A little one who builds forts or fairy houses in the back yard, plays happily with LEGOs for hours on end, or draws with incredible detail but cries in frustration because it "still doesn't look right" (when it looks perfectly fine to you)? If so, you may have a child with high visual/spatial intelligence. People with Read More

Encouraging Wonderful Wordsmiths


People with verbal intelligence have a gift for words, whether they're avid readers, writers, or speakers. They're storytellers. They enjoy playing with words--puns, puzzles, humor, analogies, name it. Their language is expressive and persuasive. They have a way of putting things that makes you feel their message, a way of explaining things that makes concepts clearer. If Read More

Creativity Takes Myriad Forms


When we think of someone who's creative, our minds might first go to a painter or musician. Perhaps we might broaden that view to include actors and novelists. But creativity takes myriad forms! What about the homemaker who creates amazing meals on a budget? Or comes up with storage solutions that keep the household organized? What about the gardener who invented raised beds to Read More

From Evaluation to Creativity


According to Bloom's Taxonomy, the highest level of learning is achieved when we can take what we've been told, understand it thoroughly, apply it with skill, break it down into its components in order to objectively evaluate each aspect, and then reconstruct new forms and ideas from the diverse elements of the old to create new solutions and share deeper aspects of Read More

From Analysis to Evaluation


Separating and analyzing components and evaluating them may seem very similar, but evaluation might be viewed as a final critique of the opinions we've formed about the knowledge. Having reached a preliminary decision, students need to learn to take a step back and judge their own opinions and decisions objectively. Keywords to help them develop this skill Read More

From Application to Analysis


Up to this point, students have simply accepted the information given to them to learn, but as they mature, young people need to be able to sort facts from theory. We can help them separate bits of knowledge into components and take a closer look at each, logically. Here are some key words for activities that build analytic skills: Break Read More

Don’t Stop Short of a Home Run!

For many of us, the first three levels of learning followed a rather boring pattern: Read Answer the questions. Take the test. By now you've seen that even in these early steps we're not limited to boring teaching methods. There are MANY ways to help children remember, understand the material, and learn to apply their new knowledge appropriately in a variety of Read More