Monthly Archives: October 2012

#gtchat:Special Guest, Lisa Van Gemert

Our most recent guest on #gtchat was Lisa Van Gemert, nationally recognized speaker on gifted education, provider of professional development for teachers and Gifted Youth Specialist for American Mensa.

A former gifted student herself, Lisa’s background has included teacher and administrator as well as parent. In her own words, “So many GT educators are GT themselves … I think it’s what makes parents of GT kids so passionate, too. We all have post-traumatic gifted kid disorder.”

Lisa pointed out that the importance of professional development for teachers of gifted learners lies in the fact that, “Many teachers are expected to teach kids who are learning foreigners to them.” In response to concerns raised in teacher/parent trainings, she wrote her ‘Stealth Giftedness’ Series. (Link below)

Lisa will be conducting 3 presentations at this year’s TAGT ’12 Professional Development Conference in Dallas, November 28 – 30. They include “Deliberate Excellence and the Creative Prescription”, “Addressing the Triple Threat: Perfectionism, Lack of Internal Motivation and Boredom” (excerpt: “A GT child going to school day after day learning nothing is not boredom – it’s cognitive abuse.”) and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Tapping into the Power of Your Memory”. (A link to the conference registration can be found below.)

Interested in reading the full transcript from this chat? It can be found here. Want to check out all the links tweeted out during the chat? See below. Thinking you shouldn’t miss the next #gtchat on Twitter? Join us each Friday at 7PM ET/6PM CT for the best hour on Twitter for educators and parents of gifted children; and gifted adults as well. Be sure to follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest news on #gtchat. We are the pulse of the gifted community!


Lisa’s website

Lisa’s blog, Gifted Guru

Lisa, Gifted Youth Specialist at American Mensa

Lisa on Pinterest

From @gifted_guru Stealth Giftedness

American Mensa for Youth

From @cybraryman1 Motivation and Student Engagement Page

From @gifted_guru Perfectionism Presentation

From @cvalvarez Profiles of the Gifted & Talented

TAGT 2012 Conference

Habits of Mind


Overexcitablilities of Gifted Adults

Teacher Jen Martin summed up this week’s chat in the closing minutes with this tweet, “OEs (Overexcitabilities) makes us who we are. Embrace it!” It was an ‘exciting’ chat from start to finish with over 440 tweets in one hour (with many additional tweets and conversations on Facebook afterwards).

Participants discussed exactly what overexcitabilities were, how they affected their lives both positively and negatively, how it affected their parenting and strategies on how to deal with them. A full transcript can be found at Storify.

Next week, #gtchat welcomes guest, Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Youth Specialist from American Mensa. Lisa will be presenting at the TAGT Conference in Dallas this year. Her topics will include: “Deliberate Excellence and the Creativity Prescription”, “Addressing the Triple Threat: Perfectionism, Lack of Internal Motivation and Boredom” and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Tapping Into the Power of Your Memory”.

Please set aside an hour this week on Friday at 6PM CT to join us for this special chat!


Sprite’s Site, “Delta Dog

Sprite’s Site, “Be Creative with the Dabrowski Dogs

Dabrowski’s Over-excitabilities – A Layman’s Explanation” from Stephanie Tolan

Emotional Intensity and Overexcitabilities” Gifted Parenting Support

Mellow Out, They Say, If I Only Could. Book from Michael Piechowski (Amazon)

From @HoagiesGifted “Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities

Overexcitability and the Gifted” from SENG

Emotional Life & Psychotherapy of the Gifted in Light of Dabrowski’s Theory” (pdf) h

Overexcitabilities and Sensitivities” (pdf)  

Intellectual Overexcitability in Action

Channeling Intensity Through Creative Expression

From @DouglasEby “Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities

Gifted Adults Are Different from an Early Age” from @DouglasEby

Misdiagnosis of Gifted Adults: Development on the Edge” from @DouglasEby

Exploring New Family Enrichment Activities

Participants from 13 states and 5 countries joined #gtchat to discuss family enrichment activities. Manynew faces and some old friends shared links to some amazing activities. A new acronym was coined during the chat, TTFN – made famous by Tigger of Winnie-the-Pooh – now stands for (at least during #gtchat) Thank Twitter it’s Friday Night (thanks to Jack Hanford).

Some of the ideas shared included geocaching, traveling, touring  local ethnic food stores and eateries, and virtual tours via Google street view and underwater view. For a more extensive review of this chat, please go to our page on TAGT’s website for the transcript which is posted Monday mornings following each chat.


From @HoagiesGifted ‘Geocaching: The Sport for Gifted Kids of All Ages

Geocaching (website)

What is geocaching? (video)

From @HoagiesGifted ‘Life in the Asynchronous Family

From @stacitaylortex ~ “Around the World in Our Town

From @susannewith5 ~ “Don’t Eat Jack” a timely Halloween activity

Enrichment for Gifted & Talented Children

From @NAGCBritain “Enrichment and Out-of-School Activities

From Northwestern’s @CTDatNU ~ GLL ‘Family Program K-2

Enrichment Activities and Resources for Gifted Children

From  @cybraryman1 My Robotics Page

From @cybraryman1 Parent – Child Activities

From @cybraryman1 My Dance Page

Google Underwater Locations

From @jofrei The Art of Conversation

Zome Lesson Plans

From @cybraryman1 My Cooking and Recipes Page

From @cybraryman1 My Insects Page

From @cybraryman1 Family Events

From @cybraryman1 Music Page

From @HoagiesGifted Art, Theater & Music Links

From @cybraryman1 My Geocaching (Orienteering)Page  

From @cybraryman1 QR Code Page

From @LesLinks On Giftedness, a Few Activities, a Little Fun and keeping the Spark Alive


From @HoagiesGifted Smart Strategy Games

#gtchat Showcase of TAGT ’12 Speakers: Dr. Carolyn Coil

On Friday, October 5th, #gtchat hosted the first in a series of chats with speakers at the upcoming TAGT ’12 Conference in Dallas, TX this November 28th through the 30th which will include both educators and parents. Participants at chat were from 13 states and 4 countries.

Dr. Carolyn Coil was our guest and she talked about two presentations she will be giving at the conference ~ “21st Century Self-Management Skills for Gifted Students” and “Advanced Activities/Assessments Focusing on Rigor, Higher-Level Thinking & Problem Solving”. Carolyn’s remarks were well received by chat participants with many retweets throughout the session. Brian Housand, a former student of Carolyn’s and a speaker at the TAGT Conference, was present and added many valuable comments as well.


Assessing Gifted Assessment Tools

Carolyn Coil’s website

Carolyn Coil at Pieces of Leaning

Carolyn Coil on Amazon

Standards-Based Activities & Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom (pdf)

Standards-Based Activities & Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom (video)

 Carolyn Coil at #TAGT2012 Annual Conference

An Introduction to Differentiation (Carolyn Coil’s Blog)

Ideas on ProjectBasedLearning from Edutopia

TAGT ’12 Session Planner

BagtheWeb on PBLs


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