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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2015
As part of her series, "ABCs of Being Smart," Joanne Foster presents time-tested tips for parents of toddlers to teens. Categories include: traits to tap when meeting with teachers to strengthen home and school connections or resolve any issues; strategies for parents to add to their "toolbox"; and tactical measures to consider…
Descriptors: Parent Role, Child Rearing, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2014
In this article, the author presents pointers for--and perspectives on--pathways to productivity. The following pathways are presented and described: (1) Planning and Preparation; (2) Proper Programming; (3) Play; (4) Pay Attention; (5) Possible Problems; and (6) Practice and Persistence.
Descriptors: Productivity, Program Development, Program Implementation, Attention
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Matthews, Dona; Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2014
Embarking on the standardized testing process often leads parents of gifted children to other questions about intelligence, tests, and assessment practices. What is intelligence? Do IQ tests measure it? Are there better ways of deciding who needs gifted programming? What can parents request by way of results and their interpretation? Should…
Descriptors: Intelligence Tests, Standardized Tests, Intelligence Quotient, Student Evaluation
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2014
This brief article offers tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers on how to nurture children's gifted and high-level development together to support and enhance learning. Tips relate to four "r"s: rationale, receptiveness to change, resourcefulness, and reassurance. [Note: An earlier rendition of "R We There Yet?" by Joanne…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Parent Role, Teacher Role, Talent Development
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2014
Joanne Foster's article "R We There Yet?" was first published in "Parenting for High Potential" ("PHP") in 2006, which became the springboard for the "ABCs of Being Smart" series of columns. At that time, Foster invited "PHP" readers to think about their own versions of the "ABCs of Being…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Skill Development, Parent School Relationship, Success
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2013
The author of this article implores parents to take the word "I" off the table. Instead of thinking "What can I do for my children?" consider, "What can they do for themselves?" How can one invoke children's independence and initiative? Start by inspiring them to investigate, imagine, and use their intellect.…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Role, Interests, Cognitive Development
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2013
The old saying, "life is a journey" may sound cliched, but the words are nevertheless true. Children can learn a great deal from the travels and directions chosen by others, and especially from people whose life stories or experiences offer inspiration by virtue of their effort, perseverance, and acquired success. This article presents a…
Descriptors: Professional Personnel, Musicians, Athletes, Politics
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2012
Giftedness can generate speculation, misconceptions, expectations, pride, innuendo, apprehension, puzzlement--and the list goes on. What does it mean to be a gifted learner? In this installment of the series "ABCs of Being Smart," the author grapples with the term gifted, giving a glimpse into giftedness, along with some general guidelines for…
Descriptors: Gifted, Child Development, Definitions, Individual Characteristics
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2012
It may sound trite but it is nevertheless true that a person needs "health" and "happiness" in order to thrive. In this article, the author looks at what contributes to children's well-being (of body and mind), so as to enable them to flourish. She encourages readers to think about what they can do to encourage kids to be health-conscious and to…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Child Rearing, Child Development
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2012
There are many "E" words that relate meaningfully to giftedness at home, school, and beyond. In this article, the author expands upon some explicit examples--with an emphasis on the essence of giftedness, and on external and experiential elements.
Descriptors: Gifted, Semantics, Experiential Learning, Definitions
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2012
How can parents and teachers foster individual abilities and facilitate foundational supports so children will flourish? There is no fast or flawless formula. However, readers can use these F words to flesh out, fill in, fine-tune, or formulate a particular framework of factors they might want to think about in relation to supporting and…
Descriptors: Semantics, Definitions, Academically Gifted, Gifted
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2011
In the last issue, the author's analysis amplified the letter A. In this article, she works with the letter B. In upcoming articles in this series, she will extend the material and offer understandings about gifted education and high-ability learners as she moves alphabetically from C through Z.
Descriptors: Gifted, Academically Gifted, Best Practices, Creative Activities
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2011
In this, and in upcoming issues of "Parenting for High Potential," the author will take a creative approach as she focuses on ways to encourage and support gifted-level development. One letter at a time, she will share understandings and ideas for parents and teachers. In this article, she presents an A list to help parents become more…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Child Rearing, Parenting Styles, Academically Gifted
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2011
In this paper, the author focuses on C of the ABC's of being smart. She continues to categorize the points for readers. These categories include the following: (1) being; (2) doing; and (3) stretching.
Descriptors: Classification, Academically Gifted, Gifted Disadvantaged, Best Practices
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Foster, Joanne – Parenting for High Potential, 2011
Determining what giftedness is all about means focusing on many aspects of the individual. In this paper, the author focuses on letter D of the ABC's of being smart. She starts with specifics about giftedness (details), and then moves on to some ways of thinking (dispositions).
Descriptors: Gifted, Student Attitudes, Ability Identification, Individual Characteristics