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for high potential Spring 2007 PULL-OUT SECTION Teaching for High Potential I will never forget looking down at an aerial view of the Grand Canyon through a pair of stereoscopic glasses. It is one of those moments that, upon reflection, strengthen my belief in the power of edu- cation. Our professor gave a brief introduction to the principles of stereo photography, explained how to use the odd looking glasses, and proceeded to hand out mate- rials to the class. Within a few minutes, a series of “wow’s,” “whoa’s,” and “ohhh’s” came from various areas of the cluttered geology lab/classroom. A classmate of mine lifted his head and looked at me with such a strong sense of wonder and amazement that I can still picture it today. He had seen it! I must admit that it took me a little longer than others to see what all the fuss was about, but I assure you that when the image came into perspective and I found myself looking one mile down into a can- yon I had never visited before, my exhila- ration could have been heard in the halls. Thoughts immediately filled my head. “Why had I never heard of this before?” “Are there other places to view?” “Can I take this home?” “Can we do this again?” Time stood still for those few moments. But soon the realization that I was not hovering above the Grand Canyon, but standing in a classroom, took hold when someone dropped something to the floor. As I glanced around, past all the bent heads, I saw my professor, who was sim- ply smiling. It was to be a grin that I would come to know on many occasions in that class about the history of the Earth. I often find myself waiting for reactions in a similar way. It may be the slides I have handed out illustrating cell division, or the re-growth of crystals under a hand lens. Perhaps it is the viewing of a photo- graph by Ansel Adams, or the reading of a sonnet from Shakespeare. Whatever the catalyst, one thing is always certain. After a few moments, when the audible excite- ment has died down, students begin to lift their heads and look at me. I know what they are thinking and so I smile. For me, that is what education is about: providing moments of discovery. I have greatly enjoyed assembling this issue of Teaching for High Potential . Bob Seney and Brian Housand have returned with their columns, and we are pleased to add several new contributors: Jennifer Beasley presents “The Curriculum Connection,” Gail Herman offers “Arts: Minds in Motion,” Eric Mann puts his spin on “iMATHination,” and Bob Schultz gives us “Happily Ever After.” You will also read about the Iowa Twice- Exceptional Project, supported through the Javits grant program. Susan G. Assouline and Megan Foley Nicpon take us through their process of discovery, description, documentation, development, and dis- semination. Suzanna E. Henshon provides us with resources to aid you in encourag- ing your students to publish. George Fohl suggests that meaningful and authentic
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ECE 3313 taught by Professor Ursits during the Fall '07 term at Kennesaw.

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