“Children are the only brave philosophers. And brave philosophers are, inevitably, children. And that’s just it — we must always think like children with their what-happens-nexts.” – Yevgeny Zamyatin, We

Encouraging Wonder and Excitement

Encouraging Wonder and Excitement

Seeing my son’s eyes light up when he saw the geology exhibit at the science museum in Portland made me tear up. I don't remember the last time I looked at anything with that kind of wonder and excitement... maybe when I saw him for the first time... I always try to...

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The Progression of Less and Less Support

The Progression of Less and Less Support

*This article is based on a manuscript published in Gifted Child Quarterly and was written by Jenny Ritchotte and Amy Graefe. It will appear in an international practitioner magazine this winter. Who would believe that a gifted student with seemingly endless potential...

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Who We Ought To Be

Who We Ought To Be

I just read an article entitled, "Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?" You can read the article at this link (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-smart-people-do-foolish-things/). Recently, it occurred to me that accomplished, intelligent adults who...

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When Did We Stop Being Brave Philosophers?

When Did We Stop Being Brave Philosophers?

For the past 10 years, as a teacher, doctoral student, and professor, I have been researching why high-potential children become unmotivated and disillusioned in school. My interest in this topic stemmed from my own lack of interest in middle and high school as an...

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Doctor Jenny and her kids

Hi! My name is Dr. Jenny Ritchotte. I am the mother of two gifted children and a professor of gifted education. This website will help you uncover new learning strategies and ways of positively advocating for your children’s learning in and out of school.

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