Now that we’ve rung in the new year (and survived the mythological Mayan apocalypse), it’s a good time to look back at 2012 and the topics that interested our blog readers the most. In case you missed them, here are some of the posts that garnered the most attention throughout the past year.
- Creativity—This blog post from March highlighted some of the attributes creative individuals display, and this one from June offered tips on how to engage creative students with art-, music-, and language-focused opportunities.
- Thinking Skills—Another topic our readers found interesting was how to get students to engage in critical thinking. Logic puzzles are a great way to boost kids’ thinking skills, and the use of primary documents can help them to better analyze historical information.
- Technology—Tablets continued to change the way we think about education, as this blog post illustrates. Blended and flipped classrooms are still buzzing, and online courses are gaining further footing, allowing gifted students to pursue acceleration options that go beyond what’s available in their classrooms.
- Innovative Teaching Ideas—We shared some particularly unique topics of study for gifted students this year. From The Hunger Games to video game and theme park design, readers enjoyed learning about these innovative and engaging ideas for teaching gifted students.
- Advocacy—Prufrock Press publisher Joel McIntosh wrote this call for action, and many of you shared your thoughts and sympathies. As we enter 2013, this is an issue that will no doubt continue to reverberate as we struggle to provide the best learning opportunities possible for our gifted kids.