Yearly Archives: 2011

For years, the government has ignored what can only be described as the ‘plight’ of Exceptionally Able children in Irish classrooms.  The NCCA did its bit by producing the Draft Guidelines.  However, there was never a wholesale attempt to develop those aspects of teacher training and practice across the school […]

Gifted Children Recognised!

OK..I’ll probably get it in the ear for using the term but it’s a word that usually grabs everyones attention.  So here is my page on what ‘genius’ is or isn’t, along with the definitions and terminology used.  I’ll keep it simple because that is how Einstein said it should be. […]


More stream of consciousness stuff but it does go somewhere…. In Ireland, we have a saying – ‘you’re thick’ meaning ‘you’re stupid’. It’s not very pleasant at all, despite often being said with jocularity. Of course a teacher would stomp on any reference to this is a class (and most […]

National Gifted Education Awareness Day & EU Talent Day

I should be very clear about this.  Nobody enters teaching because the salary is great. Though why this is so sometimes baffles me.  Governments (including those in waiting) often talk about wanting a ‘world class education system’ yet somehow fail to realise that this costs money.  The old adage remains […]

When ‘Thank You’ means so much more.

I was very heartened by the response to the suggestion of a World Gifted Awareness Day. But to be honest, and I’m writing globally here, I was surprised that the notion wasn’t run away with altogether….at least in the ‘Oh…now now ‘ type way. It’s not such a big thing […]

The Advocacy Thing….

This is actually a little earlier than planned but never mind.  Join me on Sunday, January 16th on Twitter at 9.00pm (GMT) to chat about Gifted and Talented matters in Ireland.  Use #gtie in tweets to connect.  I have no ‘grand plan’ for the session other than to meet up, […]

Part the Second!