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Reading Room

Articles that I have been reading or read that I find fascinating but haven’t had time to blog or comment on. If you love one or hate it, let me know!

Neil Gaiman, Interviewed at the New York Public Library (Podcast, Nov. 2014). While titled “Fairy Tales Revisited”, this is a far-ranging interview that includes some compelling thoughts about why adults shouldn’t decide what books are worthy of our children’s attention. He makes a strong case that reading is a partnership between the reader and the author — that the reader plays an active role in conjuring up the worlds seemingly contained in the words. He also offers great insights into fairy tales. If your child is a voracious reader, don’t miss this!

Contrasting School and Summer (Reading) Growth for High-Achieving Students (2015)

The Mathematics of Hope (Jo Boaler) – Some valuable insights into mathematics learning and issues with our traditional ways of teaching math. I have some questions about some of her thoughts about differentiation as expressed in the video that accompanies the article — I suspect that they are are relevant to situations where kids are slightly ahead of grade level but not situations where kids are several grades beyond their peers in mathematical understanding. Worth a read in any case…

** Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Students: An Underserved Population by Miraca Gross – This article by Miraca Gross details the ways that traditional education fails highly asynchronous learners both socio-affectively and academically. It resonates deeply with my personal experience and the many tales that parents have told me about their own children’s experiences.

** Exceptionally Gifted Children: Long-Term Outcomes of Academic Acceleration and Nonacceleration. This paper is an important long-term longitudinal study of Australian kids that were identified with IQs of 160+. Of great importance is the data demonstrating that early acceleration (by which the kids received access to intellectual peers) correlates highly with positive socio-affective outcomes.

** Musings: Gifted children and the gift of friendship – Miraca Gross’ findings  indicate that intellectual age influences children’s concept of friendship and what they need from their friends. Finding true peers may require access to children with a developmentally similar notion of friendship.

** The “Me” Behind the Mask: Intectually Gifted Students and the Search for Identity – Beautiful article detailing the conflict between conforming to one’s peer group and being authentic to oneself when one is a an outlier.

** Social Development in the Gifted – This paper made me cry when I read it. It details the conflict between socialization (the normative process of accommodating the group) and social development (developing one’s authentic self) that occurs for age-atypical learners. I consider this a must-read article.

The Two-Edged Sword of Compensation:How the Gifted Cope with Learning Diabilities – When highly asynchronous children have learning disabilities or sensory deficits, they often compensate without anyone suspecting.

Vulnerabilities of Highly Gifted Children by Wendy Roedell. The title speaks for itself. An examination of the research with a framework for understanding why high degrees of asynchrony may need special attention if the child is to avoid issues of social adjustment.

These two short YouTube videos of actor Wil Wheaton make me tear up every time I watch them. If you have a child that hates “being different”, they make take heart from these:


That’s Not Autism: It’s Simply A Brainy Introverted Boy (Enricao Gnaulati) – This article brings home the issue of how we sometimes mis-identify extreme asynchrony as a mental disorder — especially when it is couple with high degrees of introversion. I know several parents with kids similar;y mis-diagnosed.


Reading Room by Edward Spiegel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.