I was visiting with an elderly woman recently and she was telling me about her experience with getting her eyes examined. She was surprised to learn that her vision had changed drastically from the last time she had been checked. Her comment was that she had had such imperceptible changes over time that she never really noticed what was happening. She compared it to sitting on your porch on a sunny day engrossed in a good book, when suddenly you look up to realize that it has gotten dark and you need to turn a light on to continue reading. Her new glasses were nearly miraculous, like someone turned the light on for her.
Time has a way of changing things… I am learning that it is important to stop and reflect on those changes, or lack thereof. Are they for the better, worse? Moving forward or moving backward? Healthy or unhealthy? Energy filling or energy draining? Are we changing or are just the things around us changing?
The way we teach, parent or advocate for our gifted children is the same way. The world is moving at such break-neck speed. Life is overflowing with opportunities and obligations, and there is simply no way that we can keep up. But it’s not until we STOP and reflect back on where we’ve come from that we realize where we are. Forward? Backward? Stuck?
Please accept the following invitation as an opportunity for a reflective “pause” - to help you to examine your teaching, parenting, advocacy, and/or support of our gifted kids. Are you doing things the same way as you have always done them? Are you changing with the times? Do you know the current research? Are you applying it? Do you network with others concerning gifted? Do you advocate for better support of gifted education? Do you know a gifted child that is counting on you? Please consider joining us for a personal check-up!
You are cordially invited to the
WATG Fall Conference
Revolutionizing the Basics: Making education WORK for Gifted Students
October 3-4, 2019
Wilderness Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
Take some much-deserved time out of the busy-ness of life and join us in examining where we are and where we can go with gifted education in Wisconsin. Dr. Scott Peters and Ian Byrd will be our keynoters. Conference breakout sessions are designed to stimulate, enrich, and provide networking opportunities for educators, families, teens, and business and community leaders.
…We’ll turn the light on…
From the President
"At the beginning of the training process for gifted and regular classroom teachers, they need to learn the skills of the trade."