Monthly Archives: September 2012

Developing Resilience in Gifted Students

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

The Difference is Resilience: When Trouble Hits Close to Home for Gifted

Building Resilience in Gifted Children” (pdf)

Building Resilience” from @SENG_Gifted

How 2 Practice Effective Discipline, Nurture Creativity/Resilience, &Still Like Each Other from @DavidsonGifted

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

Understanding Resilience in Diverse, Talented Students in an Urban High School

The Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resilience (Amazon)

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The Middle School Years ~ Tweens to Teens

In this chat, we discussed both school and home strategies for dealing with gifted middle school kids. We learned that Ireland and Australia utilize a primary/secondary model and the U.S. uses both a Jr. High model and Middle School model. The Middle School model was originally intended to address the social-emotional needs of early adolescents through heterogeneous groups. It was noted that this does not aid gifted students in middle school. Homeschoolers present at that chat cited this as a major reason for homeschooling.

The moderator noted that middle schools need to understand the limitations inherent in cooperative learning for gifted students. School districts need to support teachers by providing them professional development in differentiation and individual strategies. They need to be open to flexible grouping based on ability. Enriching all students in a regular classroom is not equal to providing gifted students with an appropriate education.

Turning to what parents can do in the home, it was suggested that parents need to recognize peer influence and provide opportunities for gifted kids to get together outside of school. Middle school is often a time for making new friends and testing boundaries. Firm, but flexible is a good strategy. We need to understand that gifted tweens are under more stress to achieve and to compete during the middle school years.


Meeting the Needs of High Ability Learners in the Middle Grades

Academic Diversity in the Middle School (1995)

Educating Gifted Students in Middle School (2005)  (Amazon)

Inspiring Middle School Minds (2009) (Amazon)

Young, Gifted and Neglected

Gifted Learners and the Middle School: Problem or Promise?

Responding to the Needs of Middle Level Gifted Learners (pdf)

“Gifted Students Are Seldom Given What They Need” from Dr. Deborah Ruf.

Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

Cluster Grouping

Living the Life Fantastic (Blog)

Differentiated Instruction (from Cybraryman)


Special Guest: Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

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)

GHF Online

The Brain Café (Facebook Group)

Scott Myers blog, “Go Into the Story”

From Scott Myers: Screenwriting Master Class

Cybraryman’s  Twice Exceptional 2E page

Global #gtchat Goes to the 13th International Conference of ECHA

Welcome to Global #gtchat Powered by #TAGT! Our topic today is the ‘Symposium on Social Media and #Gifted #Education’

Hallo und herzlich willkommen Global #gtchat !

Hola y bienvenidos a Global #gtchat !

Bonjour et bienvenue sur Global #gtchat !

Hallo en welkom bij Global #gtchat !

Hello és Üdvözöljük Global #gtchat !

Hei og velkommen til Global #gtchat !

Hei ja tervetuloa Global #gtchat !

1080 people, 222 presenters and 43 Nationalities from 5 continents participated at the ECHA conference this year AND so did untold numbers on Twitter via tweets by participants and those joining in #gtchat.

Preparation is everything, and the incredible work of Mr. Tim Dracup certainly paid off at the Symposium on Social Media and Gifted Education held during the ECHA conference in Münster, Germany on September 13th.

It was an extraordinary experience to participate in the Symposium via Twitter. Short of actually being there, it was a virtual event to remember. Tim organized the event, requested all speakers to make their presentations available beforehand, invited #gtchat to assist with online moderation, spoke at the Symposium and facilitated the event in Münster!

For those online, the event went like clockwork. Presentations were followed via tweets, links to the presentations and bios of the speakers were posted as they happened, supplementary information was simultaneously posted adding value to the speakers’ remarks, and pictures were posted enabling a ‘felt like I was there’ experience.

Global #gtchat and TAGT wish to thank ECHA and Tim for allowing us to collaborate in this event and hope that it is the first of many such shared online experiences. On November 30th, #gtchat invites you to tweet with us at the annual TAGT conference, this year from Dallas, Texas. Watch this blog for more information in the near future.

Check out some of the photos that were tweeted during the Symposium!

Pic of Tim Dracup

Pic of Peter Csermely

Pic of Prof Joan Freeman and Tim Dracup

Pic of Javier Touron (Courtesy of @Kariekol)


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