Okay. I don’t want kids to hate social studies. Let’s be clear about that from the get go.But . . . I alsothink that we sometimes fall off the wagon on the other end by working way too hard trying to find activities that our kids will enjoy or projects that are “engaging.”
It’s been more than just a few years since I first heard Sam Wineburg speak. I had read his book Thinking Historically and Other Unnatural Acts. Read some of his early articles on historical thinking skills and loved his ideas about how we needed to re-think our approach to teaching history. But it wasn’t until a combined Kansas / Missouri Council for History Education conference way back in 2008 that I first heard him speak. He opened the conference with a keynote highlighting the main ideas in his book.
And now, of course, he’s a future social…
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Mindfulness is a heightened sense of ‘awareness’. Awareness of one’s self and awareness of the world around one’s self. It involves not only sensing things deeply, but also making deep observations about what one senses. Mindfulness requires one to ‘show up’ for lived experiences; to be engaged in life; to express openness to all the possibilities life offers; and to do so calmly and responsibly.
Due to asynchronous brain development, GT students’ self-awareness and ability to deeply respond to their environment can greatly benefit from mindfulness. Their experiences are both qualitatively and quantitatively different than their neuro-typical age-peers. Mindfulness is a powerful tool in their toolbox. Mindfulness enhances a GT student’s ability to be ‘cool, calm & collected’. It can reduce stress and anxiety, increase attentiveness, and promote a sense of well-being.
Twice-exceptional (2E) students face a unique set of challenges based on ignorance, misunderstanding, internal frustration, lack of social…
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