Think About It: Every year I make a list of wonderful things I plan to incorporate into my daily curriculum. I fill my web pages with opportunities for student enrichment and discovery. As I reflected on stratigies to integrate computer programming as a larger piece of my 2014 curriculum, I thought about the diverse population I teach and sighed. I realized I had yet to find an educational activity of value for my truly gifted students who finish early and want to "play on my site" for the last few minutes of class.
In The Classroom: Once again I began my favorite sport of "Going for a Google". Searching for science and technology games I stumbled upon Exquisite Minds. The content of this site offers ample resources and links "to challenge children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world." I appreciate that the creator of Exquisite Minds built an attractive and easy to navigate website for learners of all ages. But the quality of content is what shines through Stacia Garland's work.
To My Surprise: I often experience a surge of parental input as my students begin to master concepts covered in Tech Lab. There are certainly more than a handful of parents who are searching for affirmation that their son or daughter is a child prodigy. Exquisite Minds is a perfect resource to provide for parents searching for resources to support children with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. The timing of finding this site could not be more perfect! School starts next week and I already have a parent/teacher conference scheduled regarding a child with unrecognized talent. Very cool!