Dissecting the Debate – Google Apps Style

The hallways are filled with the sounds of middle school students, primarily eighth graders, dissecting the second presidential debate from the evening before. Argument, points, and counter-points are readily being shared as students break down the various issues through their fourteen year old lenses. This is yet one example of how learning is and has always extended beyond the confines of of a 45 minute block, four or five days a week. How can we, as the adult mentors in their lives, provide the framework and perspective to help them understand the arguments presented during the debate to help them […]

Reflections – In-Service Day with Dr. Renzulli

Renzulli Workshop On Friday, I got to travel to the Avery Coonley, a school in the western suburbs of Chicago which also has a focus on gifted education, to attend a workshop with Dr. Joseph Renzulli. This was my first true exposure to the work of Dr. Renzulli, who has been been a major contributor to the research and building a framework to define giftedness in students since I was a student in one of the first gifted programs in the public middle school that I attended. I appreciated seeing how my education was forged by the framework created by […]