Gifted Awareness Week

2021 – Parental Advocacy for Academic Acceleration

Parental Advocacy for Academic Acceleration – Ayesha Umar There is a plethora of empirical evidence about academic acceleration as best practice to cater to the needs of the gifted students (Assouline et al., 2015; Colangelo et al., 2010; Colangelo & Wood, 2015; Gagné, 2015, 2020; Gallagher et al., 2011; Gross, 2006) . Yet our educators

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2020 – The Guilt of Parenting Gifted Children

The Guilt of Parenting Gifted Children – Kate Burton As well-being is the theme of Gifted Awareness Week 2020, it seemed prudent to not only focus on gifted children but also the parents of these curious and often intense little people! As a friend said to me many years ago, when I felt overwhelmed with

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2020 – Well-being

Wellbeing – Anonymous noun – wellbeingthe state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy   Today, my son made eye contact with another mum and initiated a good morning conversation. The text message from the mum, a family friend for years, brought tears to my eyes and melted my heart. She knew I needed to hear

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2020 – Through the eyes of an educator

Through the eyes of an educator – Kellie Clarke I wasn’t always a Gifted Education advocate. In fact, when I was studying my dual undergraduate education and music degrees in NSW in the early 2000’s, subjects surrounding this field weren’t available at my university. Whilst I was repeatedly taught the importance of nurturing the academic

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2019 – Finding solace away from home

Finding Solace Away From Home – Sara Selkirk It was January 2018 and this New Year had brought our family from New Zealand into a new home – Australia.  Within three weeks, by eldest had fallen off the monkey bars and fractured his arm, requiring surgery. He was four and a half. I will never

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2019 – Find Your Tribe – Love Them Hard

Find Your Tribe – Love Them Hard – Tracy Riley This blog was created by Dr Tracy Riley, as a member of the Board of giftEDnz: The Professional Association for Gifted Education. She has found her tribe in gifted education – and she loves them hard. Your tribe is made up of the people you connect

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2019 – Not What I Expected

Not What I Expected – Laura Motherway From the moment he was born, my son was challenging my expectations of what a baby should be. He came into the world exactly how and when he wanted to- on a very inconvenient New Year Eve. Fast forward a few months, I found myself with a baby

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2019 – Former PEAC Student Inspires

Former Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) Student Inspires Current Participants at Special Gifted Awareness Week Event – Kirsteen McCrory During Gifted Awareness Week, Nicola Thomas joined a class of current PEAC students at the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) taking part in weekly course called “AQWA Experts” to share her story and to inspire the

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2019 – Gifted Girl

Gifted Girl – Chloe My name is Chloe and I’m nine and three quarters. I would say I’m fairly normal (for someone who is much more different). It’s just that some people would think I’m weird, crazy or pushed too hard. You see, I’m one of the people classified as ‘gifted’. When I was little

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