Monthly Archives: September 2012
We welcomed many new faces to gtchat this week as well as our long-time friends from 12 states and 4 countries. This week we had a tie in our poll. “Exploring New Family Enrichment Activities” will be our topic tentatively on October 12th.
An interesting discussion centered on developing resilience. Questions explored characteristics of resiliency, why gifted students are more at risk for not developing it, how teachers can nurture it in the classroom, and strategies parents can use to assist their children to be more resilient. A transcript of this and all chats can be found at our page on the TAGT website on Monday mornings.
At the end of chat, we announced an all-star line-up for the next couple months: Carolyn Coil (@carolyncoil from @PiecesOLearning) on October 5th , Lisa Van Gemert (@gifted_guru) on October 26th, Brian Housand (@brianhousand) on November 2nd, & Ian Bryd (@ByrdseedGifted) on November 9th. All will be presenting at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (#TAGT2012) Annual Conference in Dallas in November. We are thrilled that they have agreed to give us a preview of their presentations and their current work. Please stay tuned to this blog for further information.
Addendum: I would like to include one additional link not presented during the chat, but posted in a discussion group on Facebook from a French perspective. To access this link, a translator would be helpful. The gist of the article is that resiliency may not always be a good thing, but rather a means of suppressing one’s feelings. #gtchat is committed to encouraging all points of view and welcomes continuing dialog whenever it occurs.
Promoting Resilience from @DukeTIP
“Building Resilience” from @SENG_Gifted
The 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience from Dr. Ken Ginsburg
Revitalization and Resilience from @jofrei’s Sprite’s Site
From @jofrei’s Sprite’s Site Sprite Learns About Resilience
On Friday, September 14th, #gtchat was pleased to host Mrs. Rebecca McMillan as our special guest. Rebecca answered questions from the moderator about GHF’s new online courses being offered for the first time this fall. Rebecca, Scott Myers and Heather Blonsky will be the instructors. Classes are aimed at gifted and 2e homeschoolers,
Participants from 15 states and 6 countries contributed to the chat. The consensus by the end of chat was two-fold: everyone wanted to take the classes and that this was just the beginning for GHF. Executive Director of GHF, Corin Barsily Goodwin, revealed future plans including additional courses to be made available for a wider range of age groups. Rebecca suggested webinars for parents on such topics as electronic portfolios, finding mentors and building a transcript. Other plans included the possibility of offering classes to non-homeschoolers; trainings and supports for parents & professionals; and summer camps.
Tweet of the Day came from Krissy Venosdale, “I lurk to learn!” The idea was further tweaked by Jo Freitag, to “Lurk ‘N Learn.” It’s well known that #gtchat loves lurkers – newcomers who monitor the chat, but don’t actively participate.
Rebecca also shared with us her personal reasons for homeschooling as well as the many other projects with which she is currently involved. You can read her comments in the transcript that is posted at the TAGT website each Monday morning following the chat.
Links from chat:
The Creativity Post (Facebook Page)
The Creativity Post (website)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (Facebook Page)
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (website)
The Brain Café (Facebook Group)
Scott Myers blog, “Go Into the Story”
From Scott Myers: Screenwriting Master Class
Cybraryman’s Twice Exceptional 2E page