Monthly Archives: November 2012
“People push so hard for grades. More focus should be on learning, curiosity, and exploring passions; not pushing for A’s.” ~ Krissy Venosdale, elementary teacher of gifted children
On November 16, 2012, #gtchatters discussed the topic, “When Parents Push Too Hard”. The transcript can be found at Storify. Links presented during the chat can be found below.
Participants from 21 states and 5 countries helped to make this a very exciting chat. Questions posed considered whether parents of gifted children can push them too hard and if they do push; why? Of special interest were reports of parents in NYC schools hiring tutors and academic coaches for their preschoolers in hopes of getting them into the city’s limited spaces in the gifted and talented program.
Bright NYC Kids: Gifted & Talented Mock Tests
New York Family: Special Parents Seminar on Gifted Education
Michele Borba: Gifted Children: Are We pushing too hard?
“What’s the Point of School?” Guy Claxton (video)
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids by Christine Fonseca
From Cybraryman1 “Team Claco”
Lisa will be presenting at both conferences. You can hear her on Thursday @4PM to 5PM, “Why You Should #gtchat on Twitter” (Room: Pearl 4); on Friday @ 7:45AM to 8:45 AM, “Twitter Chat 101” (Room: Pearl 4); and again on Friday @1:40PM to 2:30PM, “Collaboration, Not Confrontation: Parents and Teachers Working Together” (Parents’ Conference, Room: Austin 3).
On Friday, November 30th, #gtchat will be live from the Social Connections Area in the Exhibit Hall. It will begin @10:30AM CT for conference attendees (although everyone is invited online) and from 11AM to Noon CT [Find your time here. ] on Twitter. Our topic will be, “Building Bridges with #gtchat”. Following chat, there will be a 40 minute Tweet-Up for those at the conference.
Chat participants on Twitter are invited to tweet about how they have connected with others via #gtchat and how it has affected their lives. Many friendships have been made and many hours of professional development have been delivered since its beginning in January 2010.
#gtchat strives to provide a place where the conversation can take place and then take off. We plan to continue to showcase leaders in gifted education as well as tackle the tough issues such as parent-teacher relations, impostor syndrome, executive functioning and the mythology surrounding giftedness (January 2013).
In preparation for this chat, I have provided some of the questions that will be presented during the chat on November 30th. It is hoped that online Tweeps will share with conference attendees the benefits of weekly chats.
1) How has #gtchat connected you to the gifted community?
2) How do you use Twitter in your daily life?
3) How has #gtchat affected how you parent/teach?
4) Are you involved in other Twitter chats?
Hope to see you all in person or online!