Gifted kids in school

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Gifted kids have a particularly hard time with the current system of such an overstuffed curriculum and the emphasis on root memorizationm on drills, on passive instructions. Teacher talks. Student listens. Student fills out drill papers and repeats it for homework. Well, the brain has this pleasure seeking entity that wants to achieve a challenge but if there's no challenghe, there's no rush of pleasure. This dopemine is a neuro transmitter that when there's a challenge achieved. there's a rush of dopemine. If a gifted child is in school and the work is not a challenge - they already have it mastered - there's no chance of the brain getting pleasure. So the brain is going to go in the high stress state from boredom and loravin (phonetic) will take over, behavious or acting out and zoning out, but that will happen much earlier in a child that's tune out because they weren't engaged from the beginning. So gifted kids are going to hit the wall when suddenly they get to college and they can't do things overnight. It's important to engage our gifted kids in achieveable challenges. If not in school, then at home.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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