Learning to Identify “Noise”

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I have often found that mothers with gifted kids and/or homeschooled kids tend to be research fiends. We manage to gather many facts about programs, opportunities, and requirements. We amass huge amounts of data. We also talk to anyone who has a view on a subject that might impact our children. Unfortunately there are many  [read more] …

Being Enthusiastic Isn’t Enough

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I love working with passionate kids. Teens can do amazing things if given half a chance. There is a freshness in their dreams and the energy to carry them along the path of their imaginings. Yet, while this fervent belief in themselves is part of what will help them be successful in adulthood, just being  [read more] …

A New Definition of Better

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I get the better than question a lot. Is it better to do A or B? Here are some examples: Is it better to take the ACT or the SAT? Is it better to participate in robotics or math competitions? Is it better to take 4 AP classes in the senior year or is it  [read more] …

Middle School Choices Impact Graduate School Possibilities

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We spend a lot of time talking about building solid foundations, but I think too many families still don’t quite understand the huge significance of early choices. Like a row of dominoes, a single action (or omission) early on will cause the whole line to topple. One such example is the selection of academic classes  [read more] …