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Big Ideas for Little Scholars

So here I am again. You may have noticed the (not so) brief hiatus. Or you may not have noticed it. If you’re a teacher, the latter is probably more likely. Noticing things that don’t directly affect your classroom is understandably low on the priority list during the school year.
In case you don’t follow me on other social networks, I recently posted this announcement, “On January 6th, most of my colleagues will return to work in schools and, for the first time in over 28 years, I will not. I decided to retire in December. There are multiple factors, and I still feel torn in two about my choice. However, with several family members about to have surgeries and a daughter about to interview at a couple of colleges out of town I am going to take advantage of the next couple of months to work on personal relationships before I decide on my second career. As the narrator of one of my favorite podcasts, Hidden Brain, recently said, ‘We often underestimate our ability to reinvent ourselves.’ Hopefully, I’m not OVERestimating it ;)”
I hesitate to call it retirement because, as my husband is quick to point out, I will be returning to work – but the actual job I will choose is a bit hazy at the moment. Here are my thoughts so far:

  • Starting as an intern at an advertising agency like Chandler on Friends,
  • Working as a staff writer for SNL or Stephen Colbert on The Late Show,
  • Training emotional support animals
  • Working at this bookstore if I can convince the owner I’m not a stalker
  • Going to law school
  • Running for office, probably something to do with Parks and Rec since I’ve been binge watching that particular show lately and Leslie Knope is one of my nonprofit heroes

While I sort things out, I figured I’d come back to this blog, which was one of my many hobbies that has fallen by the wayside in the last 18 months. As I was crafting this post, one of my dear friends from the world of Gifted and Talented tweeted a new site that she has begun, and I realized it was the perfect inaugural post for 2020.


Donna Lasher has put together an amazing resource for parents and educators of advanced students from K-8 on this site, Big Ideas for Little Scholars.  With curriculum links, thinking skills strategies, and project ideas, this website is a dream come true for anyone who is looking for ways to challenge and inspire students.  This site is easy to navigate, and puts everything you need in one spot, including information on how to reach out to other teachers with similar interests.

When I first started teaching gifted children, there was a paucity of information, and I often felt like I was on my own.  Social networking has definitely changed this – to the point that the availability of materials can be overwhelming.  The structure and quality of Donna’s site makes this much more manageable.  It’s definitely worth bookmarking and visiting on a regular basis!

Thanks to Donna for sharing the site!  Like many of us, she has spent the time creating a resource that we hope will help others, especially our students.

6 thoughts on “Big Ideas for Little Scholars”

  1. Hello there Terri! Happy 2020 to you! I have been wondering what you have been up to. Wondered if maybe I lost the subscription to your blog. Big congratulations on the retirement! For the time being… thanks for sharing this big update on your life and career. I would like to talk more and reconnect but please let me know if you got my reply here first. My projects and growth since leaving San Antonio have quite a bit in common with your list of ideas so far. I’d love to tell you about them. Our family with Rita, Maya, and Max are doing very well here. The past 3 years have had a lot of challenges and turmoil but we ended 2019 strong and look a lot better heading into 2020. Hope your husband and daughter are doing great too. Cheers,  Brett  Brett Hoffstadt =================  Folsom, CA 210-753-0843

  2. Dear Terri, Thank you for all the writing, reflecting and sharing you have done over the years in education. You have connected with people all over the world and improved student’s lives through your generous sharing. I wish you joy in your search for and establishment of your new career! Have fun!

  3. Dearest Terri! I was so caught up in my mother’s illness and the launch of my site, I confess I totally missed that you’ve embarked on a season of rejuvenation and reinvention! Whatever has led you to this season, you are a rock star and will always be, and I am excited about your future! Undoubtedly, it will involve writing in some form or fashion (I HOPE!). Take some time off and enjoy your family and just rest! I wish you all the best, tons of blessings, and THANK YOU for this kind review!

    1. I’m sorry about your mother, Donna! I am trying to do a lot of writing at the moment while I determine my next path, and I am enjoying having time to spend with family and friends. I miss you!

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