Monthly Archives: September 2012
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
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.
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 http://txgifted.org/gtchat-transcripts .
Links from the chat:
Jen’s book at Amazon in print and for the Kindle ~ http://goo.gl/UMLKt
Jen’s book for the Nook ~ http://goo.gl/Adn4B
Jen’s blog, Laughing at Chaos ~ http://goo.gl/OT22t
More books from GHF Press ~ http://goo.gl/bfIjP
Jo Freitag has discussion notes on ‘The Incredibles’ ~ http://goo.gl/W57It
Articles on #Gifted & #2ekids from @GiftedHF ~ http://goo.gl/pw7qp