# Some links for a new school year

Here is a blog post from Tamara Fisher at Unwrapping the Gifted called Hogan’s Request that tackles the issue of **teachers asking questions in class but not calling on the “gifted” kids** because they already know the answers. The comments include some nice suggestions and are worth a read. When I first read this, I was thinking I’d recommend it only for teachers of elementary and maybe middle school where they are working with heterogeneous groups, but I think that even within the narrower groupings in high school, there are always going to be kids who stand out, and whose teachers might benefit from some of these suggestions.

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Here’s an article about **NCLB**, which discusses its **negative impact on gifted education**: Teachers Say NCLB Has Changed Classroom Practice. Here’s a quote:

“…sizable percentages of educators are also spending more time teaching test-taking strategies, focusing more narrowly on the topics covered on state tests, and tailoring teaching to the “bubble kids”—the students who fall just below the proficiency cutoffs on state tests. “

I believe this EdWeek article is only available for free during their free trial which lasts until September 15th, so read it before then!

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Here are a few pages of **education/teaching quotes** to inspire:

Here’s one for today:

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”Lily Tomlin (as “Edith Ann”)

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For the students out there (middle and high school) looking for some **math enrichment and challenge**, check out the classes at the Art of Problem Solving website. Also check out their amazing forums, with something for everyone from 4th grade on up! They also have a private forum for MATHCOUNTS Coaches, and one for MOEMS Picos.

And if you’d like to enter a ** FREE math contest** (aimed at high school students, but middle schoolers are welcome to try it) check out USAMTS. Unlike most math contests, this one give you a month to work on the problems and requires you to write up full solutions.

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Also check out my Math Blogroll (on your right) for lots of posts about Math Education!