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Just like a „Miracle“…

This week is the 3rd Gifted Awareness Week in Ireland and I am pleased to take part  in this event to support Gifted Education there with my blog.

imageWe know that we have children with high potential in every country around the world and they need special education but unfortunatly the education system in so many schools around the world can not meet the needs of these children.
There are so many lacks and problems that we have to solve first before to do anything in this way.
– Lack of financial support for teacher training in gifted education
– A heavy curriculum and lack of time to treat the gifted child individually
– Lack of understanding and tolerance about gifted children and their differences with average children
– Lack of unity between gifted educators, gifted advocators and parents of gifted children.
At this point I will stop talking about problems and prefer to talk about the solutions.
As a specialist in gifted education and a solution focused therapist, let me ask you a miracle question.  The Miracle Question is a popular question in Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) — a type of therapy that focuses less on problems and the past and more on solutions and the future. The genius behind this question is that it forces you to stop thinking about why you can’t achieve something and allows you to imagine how your life could be if something miraculous occurred.


“Suppose tonight while you sleep, a miracle happens.  When you awake tomorrow morning, all problems in gifted education are suddenly solved?”

If this miracle were happen to me it would be something like this situation:
– People will respect and continue to learn from the experiences of the old gifted educators, who are not present in social media and they will take care of them to not fall into forgetfulness and keep appreciating them and interview or ask them for advice.
– The young generation of educators will be motivated to learn more about gifted education.
– Teachers are more and more dedicated to take care of high able kids and learn more about differentiations and ask experts to raise their knowledge about gifted education.
– Parents will be satisfied that their children get the right education and there will be no more complaints
– Gifted kids will be happy, laughing and delighted with their serenity education and justice in the society and therefore could develop their potentials and express them.
– The gifted researchers and gifed advocators will work together and will  solve problems rather than take care of their own egos and self-presentation.
– There will be  no thought or discussions about your country or my country but our world, our planet our globe…
At the moment all that is like a good dream but like what Eleanor Roosevelt said: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Lets dream of a better future for gifted education, talk less and do more.
Lets start to share our experiences and knowledge in gifted education in peace and harmony.
Lets celebrate the gifted awareness week in Irland and hope for mre efforts like this around the world…step by step…

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#WCGTC #IYGC Roya Flies a Kite for Giftedness, in memory of her father!

The first kite in my life was made by my father with very simple material like paper, glue and wood mat. It was fun to see the kite dancing with the wind and going higher and higher.

This year  the 20th Biennial World Conference of the WCGTC will be held in Louisville, Kentucky USA. Unfortunately I can not attend this time the conference but I wish all participants best wishes.

It is also the International Week of the Gifted and the International Year of Giftedness and Creativity. The WCGTC is flying kites for Giftedness and I thought, I should do that too.

I fly a kite for Giftedness but what is Giftedness? There is still no uniform definition for it but nevermind I will try to support this event.

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The community of Gifted Educators worldwide is a very small group of Professors, Researchers, Teachers and Parents of Gifted children. If you are new and want to fly high like a kite, just dance with the wind 😉

As soon as you have good ideas and will not dance with them, you will go through a very complicated system. Some people will cyberbullying you, ignore you and spread lies around you. This is what I myself have experienced.

Please be careful, they can extinguish a star or make a noob to superstar and call it politic!

By the way back to the creativity and development of talent and potential, which I think is more important than to talk about just Giftedness!

In my opinion, every child has potential and a gift. We have to learn to find and develop it.

Let me tell you about my work with refugee Kids from Afghanistan. I started a project at 12.12.2012 in Salzburg. All of them are very smart and talented. One of them is Mehdi. He is 16 years old from Afghanistan. He is just different than other boys. Very soon, he was able to show us how creative he is. He made with simple material a house, a donkey and a sheep.

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I gave him a brush to paint fist time in his life and motivated him to try. He did a great job. Look!

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It is amazing to see him by creating or working on a new painting project. Here is a picture of him by painting. He had flow:

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I fly a kite for those children, who dream for a better world with peace and harmony to realize their dreams like Mehdi, Malala Yousafzai and so many other kids from around the world.

I fly a kite for Giftedness, in memory of my father! He always thought me to forgive my enemies. He said, there is a sweet taste in friendship and positivity and it is true!

Tomorrow is the day that he turned to the light to be always on my side. Rest in Peace Dad!

Dad! I love you and miss you so much but thank you for all good things that you thought me in my life. With all good memories of you in my heart, I will follow my dream and help all kids, poor or rich, black or white, gifted or not gifted,…

baba and Roya

My father and I

I fly a kite but for all children around the world. PEACE & LOVE!

„What You Need to Know About Gifted Children“- An interview with Dr. Deborah Ruf

I have so many questions about gifted children and I am still learning. What about you? There are so many great educators all around the world, who are working for gifted children. One of them is my friend, Dr. Deborah Ruf.

I have never met her in person but we have become good friends. I asked her to give a lecture at the 4th Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Secondlife about Underachiever on January 29th 2011. She did a great job with her avatar. We need more such passionate and talented gifted educators like her and I am so proud to call her my friend.

Who is Dr. Deborah Ruf?

Deborah Ruf, Ph.D., Minneapolis, is a specialist in gifted assessment, test interpretation, and guidance for the gifted. A 2007 recipient of the national Intellectual Benefits Award from the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, she was the National Gifted Children Program Coordinator for American Mensa from 2003 to 2008. Having been a parent, teacher, and administrator in elementary through graduate education, she writes and speaks about school issues and social and emotional adjustment of gifted children. Her award-winning book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind), summarizes „levels of intelligence“ and highlights the spectrum of giftedness in children. For more information see http://www.educationaloptions.com or http://www.talentigniter.com.

Today at 5pm (German time) I interviewed her about gifted children, good advice for parents and teachers. Afterward I created this video and I hope you will enjoy it. I love to read her blogs: http://talentigniter.com/blog and follow her on twitter: @deborahruf

Thank you very much for this interview my dear Deborah!

Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia

Today is the last day of the Gifted Education Awareness in Namibia and I would like to thank everybody, who supported our movement in different ways.

So many Gifted Educators from different countries wrote articles and blogs to raise the awareness, which  is a part of our project, Talent Development for Kids in Namibia-2012.

From Africa, Silvia van Biljon started with her very interesting article about her homeland, Namibia, with the titel „Discovering Talents and Giftedness in Namibia“. She is also mother of a very talented gifted boy and one of the project coordinators as well. Together with Silvia, I am going to start a new chapter of education in Nambia to support our talented kids there.

From USA, Lisa Conrad, a great gifted educator, parent of gifted kids and a true supportive friend, wrote a blog on March 12th and I would like to quote what she wrote here: Gifted children exist in all regions and countries of the world. In virtually every setting, raising awareness of their existence is the first step in providing for their education and well-being. The next step is to ensure that teachers are provided with knowledge of how to meet the needs of these extraordinary children and then to implement appropriate educational programs. “ 

This is a fact that gifted children are everywhere and the need of special education to understand them is important to develop their potential and talents in an optimal way.

On March 15th, even from USA wrote Josh Shaine: „There is something wry indeed in writing about Namibia’s Gifted Education Awareness Week while living in a place so deeply in denial of the needs of its own gifted.“  He followed: „The ideal behind gifted education is that every human being deserves an appropriate education to that individual’s abilities and needs.“ That is so true!

From Europe, Margaret Sutherland, Director of Scottish Network for Able Pupils, wrote in her article Namibia on March 13th, about the importance of differenciation: „Often we concentrate on those who have difficulty and thus there is an inconsistency between how we treat groups of people perceived to be different. It clearly depends on how you are different. There is, therefore, a tension which requires to be reconciled if such differences in treatment is to be justified. Equally the move towards inclusion, given the experiences of those segregated from mainstream education, militates, some might argue, against separate provision of any kind. One might question whether this is a budgetary response or an educational one.  These issues are ones that all countries are grappling with and Namibia will be no different. „

Peter Lydon as a leader of the Gifted Education awareness week in Ireland followed on March 13th with this: „I do not believe that gifted children are the ‘saviours of the universe’. I think the majority of children can acquire skills and other qualities that can enable them to contribute to our futures. However, it is clear that no country should allow the talent of any of their children to be wasted. By addressing the needs of its gifted children, Namibia can develop its pool of collective national genius to aid its development. Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia 2012 can be a powerful step in this direction.“ well said!

Leslie Graves as a member of the Excecutive Committee of WCGTC, a good soul and always ready to help Gifted Children everywhere wrote in her blog: „There is great poverty,   great wealth and an education system that  appears to be lacking in many resources, however it is also a brave country, with brave gifted advocates of its own, who are struggling to support both their academically gifted students and to maintain their traditionally artistic and talented communities.“ and I so appreciate her and her work.

Hilde Buys, originally from Namibia, living in Denmark describes in her blog the good old memory of her childhood and wrote: „Creating awareness about Gifted Children including their diversities is a really huge Global challenge.“ Which is so true and we love challenges.

From Australia, Jo Freitag, a very talented and creative gifted educator had the idea to write a blog with this titel: Namibia, Cheetahs and Gifted Students. At the first moment I was not sure what connects these words but she answered in her blog all my questions.

“This week it’s the start of a new “adventure”, with regards to discovering talents in Namibia” says Silvia van Biljon

This week is a start on a long long way which is stony but we already showed the world that with our unity we can do more for Gifted children all around the world and this time in Africa, Namibia.

We are going to start a great project, an adventure, a challenge,…and it feels so good to know that we are not alone, we have friends from all continents.

From Asia I am writing this blog and I am so grateful for all my friends, because I can count on them to create a better future for Gifted and Talented children, here, there or everywhere!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

My special thanks to Ray Seefeldt, a young talented musician from Namibia, who allowed me to make this video with his song, Rediscovered.

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