If you’ve landed here on my little home on the Internet, chances are, you have a place in your heart for those bright, creative, sometimes quirky, and oftentimes frustrating treasures we call gifted kids. You might be:
- a general education teacher
- a gifted specialist
- a parent of a gifted child
- a counselor
- an administrator
No matter what your role, there is something here for you!
I am Susan Morrow, and I am passionate about educating gifted children. I know the joys and challenges of raising and teaching a gifted child. I’ve been where many of you are right now in my 41 years as a classroom teacher, gifted specialist, parent to 2 amazing gifted kids, and gifted coordinator in the third largest system in my state.
I know the frustration of being a teacher and trying to either write my own curriculum, or modify the prescribed curriculum to develop creative, differentiated, and rigorous lessons to multiple groups with limited resources and planning time.
I know the challenge of parenting a gifted kid who checks out and doesn’t complete his work because he has decided it’s not cool to be smart.
And I know the pressure of being an administrator trying to make sure the needs of the gifted students in her system are being met and having to show annual yearly progress for those kids who started the year having already mastered 80% of the curriculum.
My goal in creating this speck in cyberspace is to draw upon my years of experience and research in gifted education to provide you with tips, insights and resources to help you Understand, Inspire and Challenge the gifted kids in your life so they may each achieve their greatest potential.
We’re in this together! Let’s start a conversation! I’d love to hear about your thoughts, successes and challenges as you navigate through your journey in gifted land. Please feel free to email me or write in my comments section, and I will respond.
- I was born and raised in the South. The farthest North I have ever lived was Atlanta, Georgia.
- I am a proud mother of four (a son and daughter, and a stepson and stepdaughter), grandmother to 3 little boys and one 10 year old granddaughter, and am recently widowed.
- I am a huge Fixer Upper Fan – when I went to Ft. Worth, Texas to visit my son, we took a side trip to Magnolia Farms in Waco. I had a blast! I recently moved into a condo and totally remodeled it with Fixer Upper as an inspiration for almost every inch!
- I love learning new things and still get as excited about learning a new teaching strategy or
finding a wonderful new resource for students as I did 40 years ago.
- I am not happy unless I have a project or am creating something. I’ve been that way since I was a kid.
- I love the ocean, and used to scuba dive. My favorite dives were with gray reef sharks and dolphins.
- I prefer to read childen’s picture books and nonfiction to fiction, and my favorite TV series of all time is Downton Abby.
- I retired April 1, 2016 after 41 years in education (38 were in gifted education). I now work as a consultant for gifted education and create instructional materials to differentiate for gifted children and high achievers which I sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.
- The two accomplishments of my teaching career of which I am the most proud are being the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Gifted Education for the state of Alabama and receiving my National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2002 and re certifying in 2012.
Now that you know a little more about me, I hope you will take some time to explore my blog.
Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!