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 Here's an article about the non-STEM gifted kids.

That was me, by the way.  I do like science, but I suck at math.  My off-the-charts (I mean that literally, I broke the Pimsleur) gift is linguistic.  I'm also high on existential intelligence, which started upsetting people when I was a toddler.  And naturalistic intelligence -- hence my scientific interests in plants, animals, outer space, etc.  

The vast majority of what people recognize as "gifted" falls into ONE intelligence, logical-mathematical, with a little spillover into visual-spatial for people who like to build stuff.

Folks can appreciate things like music or dance, but rarely think of the top performers as "gifted."  They're perfectly happy to take advantage of the kinesthetic genius who plays a popular sport, because that's of use and interest to the public.  If what you have is fine manual dexterity, they won't give a flying fuck.  Interpersonal experts who are leaders are praised; those who are brilliant followers are treated like kleenex.  And existential or intrapersonal genius just gets you in trouble.  Nowadays they'll probably just beat you to death.  I had a hard enough time when I was little and there was a lot more breathing room then.

So look at the field.  There are (at least) 9 types of intelligence.  Only one is widely recognized and supported, with fragments of others. That means between 7/9 and 8/9 gets ignored or actively attacked.  But there are gifted people in ALL of those areas.

If you know a gifted child, or for that matter adult, support them in their area of expertise.  And it's only going to be the obvious one about 1/9 of the time.
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This poem is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "write an open letter of support" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains bugs and bullying.

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Various tools can help vision-impaired people explore astronomy.

One method turns telescope data into sound, which can reveal interesting patterns. 

Tactile maps also let people feel how stars, moons, and planets are arranged or shaped.
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This poem came out of the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles , [personal profile] alexseanchai , [personal profile] dialecticdreamer , [personal profile] erulisse , [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "opportunity" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Uncovering the Complete Truth," so read that first or this won't make much sense.

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This poem is spillover from the December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and Merle. It also fills the "a strange friend" square in my 12-3-17 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes new adults aged out of the foster system, attachment issues, loneliness, unhappiness, extensive sexual abuse, assorted other abuse, broken families, orphans, gender-based rejection, missing skills, medical malpractice, faking success, negative coping skills, crying, not knowing what safety feels like, vulgar language, sex/gender issues, impaired consent, minor self-injury, gizmotronic baby dolls with problems, involuntary separation, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Here are the content notes for "Uncovering the Complete Truth." Due to the harsh nature of the poem, many of these are unavoidably awful, so consider this a general warning.

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This poem is spillover from the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] mashfanficchick, [personal profile] pantha, [personal profile] readera, and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "skeletons in the closet" square of my 6-23-18 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem is trade for [personal profile] pantha making a flow chart for the Way Back Program. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Moving Objects with His Hands," so read that first for the specific setup.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features poverty, a terrible school in a poor neighborhood, petty arguing, discussions of past child abuse and neglect, a child held in a padded cell, past failure to account for traumatic stress and possible learning disabilities, verbal abuse, past reference to hitting a child with assorted implements, dishonesty, past reference to destructive behavior, failure to provide appropriate educational methods, lingering effects from abuse, scars, evidence that Shiv is not in fact stupid after all, vulgar language, prejudice, past quashing of help-seeking behavior, arrest of child abuser, possible case of reality tunnel rupture, angst, and other challenges. People who have issues with educational abuse and neglect, or other types of child maltreatment, may find this poem particularly fraught. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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 Yoga and mindfulness reduce student anxiety.  

Coping skills are good.  However, it would be better to reduce stress that destroys children's health in the first place, and give them a more positive educational environment.  Children are biologically designed for learn, and to ensure that, it's hooked to the reward circuit.  If you're turning that into anxiety somehow, you are seriously fucking up the process.
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This poem is spillover from the May 1, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "trust" square in my 5-1-18 card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] curiosity. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the inside of Shiv's head, which is always kind of a mess, and here he's stressing over situations that are not-quite-like school. It also has touch sensitivity, rude language, references to past abuse, age issues, Shiv is twedgy about math, and school in general, because his teachers were assholes, visual and tactile learning modes, low self-esteem, self-recrimination, tactile sensory-seeking, safety discussions, the importance of slightly damaged things in learning how to handle items carefully, emotional overload, discussion of educational abuse, Shiv finally tells Dr. G some of the bad schools he attended, anxiety, dissociation, relationship bank accounts, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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 Clearly, something is wrong here.

It would be amusing to hire away the teachers as tutors and then watch the colleges flail.  Something to put on my list of Fun Things To Do With Entirely Too Much Money.  
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So much fun.  :D 

I am reminded of the Cheela invention of counting, which uses a very similar method but ends up in base 12 instead of base 6.
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This poem came out of the June 5, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "unknown" square in my 6-4-18 Dark Fantasy card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest.


"Into the Unknown Country"


Kindergarten is
the vast, unexplored area
that lies beyond the edges of
the mapped terrain,

into which the explorer
is thrust, unprepared by
training intended for
older students.

The room surges
with sound, like waves
rushing onto and then
away from a shore,

leaving the teacher
perhaps a bit queasy
at his first venture into
the unknown country.

He takes a deep breath.
This is NOT what he
signed up for, but
it will be okay.


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I've been talking with friends about how to improve various aspects of foreign language use.

If you feel like you're fumbling your way through it, that pretty much requires that you level-grind your way to comfort. :/

If you feel like you have to oversimplify things, however, that has a faster fix. You can identify topics that you use often or want to use, and beef up your vocabulary for them so you don't have to reduce your ideas to your current vocabulary.  This is where people get things like "Business Spanish" classes to build their performance in a bilingual workplace.

Or you can pick a more rarefied topic and learn some vocabulary words for it. There are plenty of museums with Hispanic art, for instance. Why not look up Spanish words for a wider range of colors, shapes, symbolism, names of painters, art concepts, and so forth? Then go out to a museum and talk about those things in Spanish. Often you can find places that have a self-tour with a Spanish track, which is another way to practice.

Spanish art vocabulary:

https://foxhugh.com/spanish/126-art/

http://babel-linguistics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Glossary-Art2.pdf

https://www.brighthubeducation.com/spanish-lesson-plans/35442-art-activity-with-painting-vocabulary-and-phrases/

Here is an awesome video lesson in Spanish art vocabulary. I was surprised and delighted that I could understand almost all of it, despite never having studied it. :D (Yes, I just blew 20 minutes on Spanish art because it sounded fun.) The Spanish comes first, then you get the translation a few seconds later, so see how much you can figure out.  It's a little slice of Terramagne.  This kind of stuff is all over T-America, encouraging people to use their spare languages.  Museums will pitch art language for whatever cultures they have art from.  Zoos often choose Greek or Latin (because of the scientific names) or languages relating to the animals' country of origin.

It's not oversimplifying if you can learn to talk about sophisticated topics. Pick something that sounds cool to you and try it out. If you explore one new topic a month, at the end of a year you'll be conversant in a dozen interesting themes. \o/
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This session's theme was "anything goes." A power outage split the Tuesday writing into two parts, but I managed a total of 17 hours. I wrote a total of 8 poems on Tuesday and another 10 later.

Despite the interruption, participation was great. A total of 24 people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.


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The following poems from the May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Diamond Finger" (on hold)
"Habits of Manifestation"
"That Moment When You Realize"
"Two Favorite Colors"
"When They're Not Around"
"A Wordless Prayer"
"Words on the Tongue and Action with the Hands"

"An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink) (April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (sponsored, to be posted)


Most of the currently sponsored poems have been posted. This session's sponsors include: [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Our theme for this session was "neurodiversity." I wrote from 12:45 PM to 3:45 AM, so about 13 hours accounting for breaks. I wrote 11 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later.

Participation was enthusiastic, with 19 on LiveJournal and another 97 on Dreamwidth. A total of 27 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] torc87, whom you can thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the May 1, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"A Brief History of Stimming"
"Dreaming Idiots and Trusting Fools"
"Let It Fly Away"
"The Softness of the Sounds"
"Sparrows and Penguins"
"To Think What Nobody Has Thought"
"What Kind of Difference" (sponsored, not posted yet)

"Nascent Wisdom" (April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, standalone)
"The Currency of Leadership" (April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana)


Most of the currently sponsored poems have been posted. This month's sponsors include: [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "The Currency of Leadership" is the free epic. It also made the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will be on Tuesday, May 15.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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