Making Sense of their World

Running a homeschool co-op focused on gifted students continues to teach me how best to help gifted children learn and make sense of their world in an academic group setting. A fellow Gifted Homeschool Forum regional contact, Ann Dorminy, who runs an award winning Clubs and Competition group for gifted kids in Georgia explains it clearly, "I don't teach, I provide direction and let the kids teach each other. Among gifted kids, can you really do anything other than point the way?" I have found this to be absolutely true. School of the Minds runs best when the students are not instructed but when they open worlds for each other.

Besides Science Olympiad, Project Fairs, and various team based efforts, I facilitate our School of the Minds TEDEd Clubs. I love watching the students get excited about their ideas, research diligently on their own, introduce their peers to different ways of thinking, and communicate with a larger community through YouTube. Here are a couple of noteworthy School of the Minds TEDEd talks that are sensitive, thought provoking, creative, solution driven, and give us hope that our children are making sense of their world and together can make it a better place.

In this talk Jackson discusses how our brains process certain words and how we can use this information for our best benefit. He shows the results of the affect of words on water, and poses the question what do these same words do to our body?

Are cooperative students and employees getting shortchanged by reward systems? Clive presents results from his primary research study that questions how rewards are distributed in schools.

Trisha spent many days on the playground by herself. In this time, she has thought deeply about how kids, who choose not to include others, can learn to be kinder human beings. In her talk, Trisha explains how schools can do something to include everyone.

One year into her family's foster care journey, Isabelle shares a kid's perspective on fostering and why she cares so deeply. Listen and learn why you should too!

What does your mother mean to you? Maizeigh describes the traits and knowledge that mothers need in order to do their job well. She also recommends what we can all do to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate them. Personally, she surprises her mother almost daily with love notes to tell her how much she appreciates her.

Can music actually change you physically? Hannah explored this by doing experiments and a lot of research. What did she learn? Music really does have power.

Have you ever felt sad or angry when you lose at a game or fail at something? Find out why these emotions are actually healthy and important reactions in our daily lives. Enzo's new talk explores his personal response to loss and failure.