Monthly Archives: September 2012

Curriculum Resources for Gifted Education

On Friday, September 7th, Global #gtchat on Twitter discussed curriculum resources for gifted education. Questions addressed the availability of quality resources, publishers of gifted curriculum, and how parents could utilize these resources.

Below are links that were presented during chat. Transcripts of all chats can be found on the website of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. You can follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest updates on Global #gtchat.


From Jo Freitag in Australia, Gifted Resources

From Hoagies Gifted, Curriculum Enrichment Resources

From Maryland Hand In Hand Homeschool, Resources

From Exquisite Minds: Gifted Resources Curriculum

Enhancing the Gift of Leadership, a book by Hava Vidergor & Dorothy Sisk due out at the end of the month. 

William & Mary School of Education’s Center for Gifted Education

The NAGC’s (U.S.) Gifted Programming Standards

A Guide for Developing Gifted Curriculum Documents


Great Potential Press

Prufrock Press

Critical Thinking Company

Free Spirit Publishing

Royal Fireworks Press 

Corwin Press 


Rebecca McMillan ~ special guest September 14, 2012

On Friday, September 14th at 7PM ET/6PM CT/4PM PT, Global #gtchat on Twitter welcomes Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education, to introduce the new online courses being offered by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.

From GHF: Rebecca McMillan has worked with gifted children in a variety of contexts for more than 20 years.  In addition to homeschooling her own profoundly gifted sons for 7 years (and counting!), she has taught gifted students a wide range of subjects ranging from Shakespeare and Tolkien to History of Science and Zome-based Geometry.  She is founder of The Brain Café, a Facebook group for those interested in exchanging information on neuroscience, psychology, creativity and education.

Classes include Literature of Identity and Belonging, The Hero’s Journey, Think Your Way Out of a Paper Bag: Critical Thinking and Argumentation and Statistics for Skeptics. Additional instructors include Heather Blonsky and Scott Myers.


Global #gtchat at #ECHA12 Conference

On September 13th, Global #gtchat on Twitter will host a special chat at the 13th International Conference of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) in Munster, Germany at 2:45PM (local time)/8:45AM ET (U.S.)/7:45AM CT (U.S.). Find your time here. Follow the full session from 8.15-9.55AM ET and get involved, especially when we open up the discussion around 9.15-9.30AM ET.

Our chat will be part of the Symposium on Social Media and Gifted Education to demonstrate how social media can add value to a traditional conference setting.

Participants in the Symposium include Professor Joan Freeman (Discussant), Tim Dracup (Convenor), Prof. Dr. Peter Csermely, Professor Javier Touron and Prof. Dr. Albert Ziegler.

A preview of the presentations can be found here.

I would like to thank Mr. Tim Dracup for the information and links found in this post.

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?

Last week, Jen Merrill, author of If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back? was our special guest. She is a longtime friend of #gtchat and it was particularly gratifying to chat with her. Jen’s book, published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, is a humorous look at life with a twice-exceptional child. As many parents can attest to, you have to laugh or you would cry, and cry and cry.

During the chat, Jen revealed that The Incredibles is one of her favorite movies because “It’s a GT family succeeding BECAUSE of their OEs [over-excitabilities], not despite them. They came out of hiding to use those gifts to help society. And society came to appreciate those gifts, even though they themselves didn’t have or understand them.”

After years of trying to work within the public school system, Jen eventually decided to homeschool her older son which has worked out well for her family.

Mona Chicks of Seattle summed up the joys of raising a 2ekid with this, “Lord, give me patience, because if you give me strength I’m gonna need bail money to go with it.”

A full transcript of the chat can be found at .

Links from the chat:

Jen’s book at Amazon in print and for the Kindle ~

Jen’s book for the Nook  ~

Jen’s blog, Laughing at Chaos ~

More books from GHF Press ~

Jo Freitag has discussion notes on ‘The Incredibles’ ~

Articles on #Gifted & #2ekids from @GiftedHF ~

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