Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Write to Learn: How Blogging Can Inspire”

This chat drew an unexpectedly large crowd from 18 states and 5 countries to discuss blogging for gifted students and adult bloggers as well. It was great to see so many new faces and old friends. Since its inception, gtchat has spawned many gifted blogs which in turn have inspired thousands of readers. It was also encouraging to hear that so many teachers were planning to have their students start blogging in the new year.

Where did our bloggers find inspiration?  “Twitter. Quotes. Twitter. Students. The world. Chats. Others blogs. Did I mention students? <–all inspiring!” (Krissy Venosdale) “I write what I live and know. My kids are a huge inspiration for what I write or probably more accurate: the inspiration.” (Stacia Taylor) “Inspiration from my life, the questions I have from clients, questions I see raised in forums/boards/groups -ways to become/be.” (Edith Johnston) “Focusing my writing on teacher behavior, I find the faculty meetings & my own classroom to be awesome source of inspiration”. (Mark Clements) “My inspiration comes mostly from the chats and Twitter stream. Enjoy sharing my resources and experience.” (Jerry Blumengarten)

What were considered some of the benefits of student blogging? “I feel blogging is wonderful for students. It even gives the quietest student a voice that can be heard globally.” (Jerry Blumengarten) “My students are working on writing thoughtful comments on other students’ blogs.” (Michael Buist) “We blog with our class; kids love to share our learning with their families (and the world).” (Krissy Venosdale) “Biggest benefit…motivation to produce high quality work. They know there’s an audience…this drives them to do well.” (Engaging Educators)

Below, you will find many links to sources that can help you start blogging with your students/children and ways to improve them if you have already started. The transcript to this chat may be found here.

Links:

8 Tips for Blogging with Students   

How to Write for Blogging Students

Learn, Learner, Learni.st?

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons  

Thirteen Thoughts on Student Blogging  

What Does Student Blogging Exactly Do?  

Kidblog: Safe and Simple Blogs for Your Students 

A Better Blogging Assignment 

What it Might Be – Authentic Student Blogging 

Australia: Student Blogging Program

10 Reasons I Want My Students to Blog

Student Blogging (wiki) 

Setting Up Your Student Blogs

A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs 

How Do Students Create Their Own Blog and Join a Class? (Edublogs)  

The State of Educational Blogging in 2012 

Cybraryman1: Blogs

Cybraryman1: Class Blogs

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

Teachers First: Blog Ideas

Elementary Teacher Talk Wiki: Blog Ideas

100 Seriously Cool Classroom Blogs for Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Classroom Blogging Wiki: Blogging Activities 

Blogs:

Engaging Educators

Joyful Latin Learning – Tres Columnae

Jofrei and Co.

mpnENGAGED

A Meandering Journey

Edunators

Gifted Parenting Support

Work Hard, Be Courageous, Celebrate Growth

Sprite’s Site

Gifted Resources Blog

AskteacherA: Inspirational Education

Venspired

Laughing at Chaos

Leopold Primary School

Extraordinary Learning for a Digital Age

Quad Blogging

Langwitches Blog

Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog

#gtchat : Curriculum Differentiation

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Our chat on ‘Curriculum Differentiation’ began by discussing what differentiation was and noted that differentiation can be based on students, curriculum, instruction or learning environment. (Kaplan) You can differentiate where, content, resources and product. (Byrdseed Gifted) The transcript may be found here.

Special thanks goes to Leslie Graves for her substantial contribution of pertinent links to this chat to add to those provided by the moderator. Teachers will find these links a great resource in learning about differentiation for gifted students.

Links:

Differentiation of Instruction From @HoagiesGifted 

The Concept of Differentiation (Tempo – TAGT)

Four Ways to Differentiate Objectives From @Byrdseed Gifted 

The Differentiator From @Byrdseed Gifted 

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom  (Amazon)

Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use  (Amazon)

Twice Exceptional/Twice Successful: Back to School Strategies that Work  (SENG)

Developing Mathematical Talent: They Don’t Have to Be Bored to Tears Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik (pdf -CMU)

How The Gifted Brain Learns (Sousa)  (Amazon)

Tips for Parents: The Gifted Brain & Learning: At Home and at School

Differentiation of Curriculum and Instruction 

Practical Strategies For the Classroom Part I: Pre-assessment (pdf)

Teachers: Practical Strategies for the Classroom, Part 2: Content, Process, Product (pdf)

Dare to Differentiate

Gifted & Talented and Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation for High Ability Learners

Group Work

Differentiated Instruction from @cybraryman1

Differentiating Instruction to Promote Rigor and Engagement for Advanced and Gifted Students (Kingore)

Differentiating Instruction For Advanced Learners In the Mixed-Ability Middle School Classroom

Helping Gifted Kids Soar (pdf)

Differentiated Instruction Activities

Books by Laurie Westphal

Implementing Curriculum Compacting and Type III Studies to Reverse Underachievement

Universal Themes and Generalizations

 

#gtchat: “Helping Gifted Kids Understand What It Means to Be Gifted”

During this chat, we explored ways to help gifted kids understand what it means to be gifted. A full transcript of the chat may be found here. This week, we welcomed many new  participants as well as lurkers and requested that ‘side-conversations’ among the regulars be kept to a minimum to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for our new guests.

The first question we discussed was which definition of ‘giftedness’ should be used. A number of definitions were mentioned and can be found in the transcript. Also discussed were strategies to help gifted children become self-aware, how others’ expectations can have a negative impact on children, and how parents shared their understanding of giftedness with their children.

Links:

Giftedness: The View from Within” from @DavidsonGifted

The Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child” Annemarie Roeper

Intellectual Giftedness” Wikipedia

Helping Your Highly Gifted Child” Stephanie Tolan

Helping Adolescents Adjust to Giftedness

Giftedness and the Gifted: What’s It All About?

What Does Gifted Mean

What Does it Mean to be Gifted/Talented” (pdf)

Characteristics and Needs of the Gifted

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids (Amazon) by @chrstinef

Are We Redefining the Wrong Word?” from Stephanie Tolan

2010 Definition from the NAGC

#gtchat at TAGT Annual Conference 2012

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Global #gtchat was live at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Dallas on November 30th. Our topic was “Building Connections with #gtchat”. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, presented two sessions on Twitter and a pre-chat for conference attendees. Following chat, we enjoyed a Tweet-Up with longtime friends of #gtchat and new followers.

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Special thanks goes to Executive Director, J.J. Colburn; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg; Executive Assistant/Meetings Coordinator, Lisa Varner; Business Development Manager, Keri Kelley;  Member Services Coordinator, Casey Martinez; and Past-President of TAGT, Dr. Lynette Breedlove for all their long hours spent bringing together an incredible conference.

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Dr. Lynette Breedlove and J.J. Colburn

Comments from the chat tell the story:

“I get the support I lack IRL (in real life) here (#gtchat).” @MamaChicks (WA)

“#gtchat provides me an outlet to the world on gifted issues.” @teachagiftedkid (TX)

“Am very impressed with all the learning and inspiration I do and get through Twitter.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“It (#gtchat) allows me to continue my professional growth outside of the mandated PD that usually does not meet me needs.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“I love keeping up with other session at conferences via the Twitter feed. It maximizes the experience and I feel like I’m not missing anything.” @smswain (TX)

“I use Twitter to connect, to explore and it is more uplifting than fb (Facebook). I mine it for gold.” @gifted_guru (TX)

“Twitter is a filter for me, helping me see what articles & resources I need to check out what someone else recommends.” @atxteacher (TX)

“Thanks to #gtchat I opened my eyes to see who is whom in gifted education community worldwide.” @Begabungs (global)

“I love the ‘internationality’ of #gtchat.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“My lessons how have a flavor from teachers all over the world. I have changed so much of my teaching by learning from #gtchat.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“It’s (#gtchat) made me question some of my preconceptions – and reinforced some others, including the diversity amongst gifted learners.” @GiftedPhoenix (UK)

“One day all Gifted Kids will remember us as pioneers on social media to support them globally.” @Begabungs (global)

Links:

Transcript from this chat

January 2010, In the beginning with @DeborahMersino

January 2012, @DeborahMersino bids farewell to #gtchat

March 2012, #TAGT becomes sole sponsor of Global #gtchat

From @HoagiesGifted ~ Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page

From @Begabungs ~ Global Virtual Meeting for #Gifted Education in Second Life

From @Begabungs ~ Global Center for Gifted & Talented Children

From @LesLinks ~ Innreach’s Blog

From @GiftedPhoenix ~ Gifted Phoenix’s Blog

From @TxParentingPG ~ A Meandering Journey Blog 

From @ktvee ~ Venspired Blog 

From @MaryStGeorge ~ Creating Curriculum Blog 

From @cybraryman1 ~ Cybraryman‘s portal site for education/gifted education

From @laughingatchaos ~ Laughing at Chaos Blog & her book, If This is a Gift

From @jofrei ~ Gifted Resources Website (Australia)

From @Susannewith5 ~ Building Wing Span Blog 

From @MamaChicks  ~ Life With Intensity Blog 

From @teachagiftedkid ~Teach a Gifted Kid Website  

From @ljconrad ~ Gifted Parenting Support Blog

From @bf4brainy ~ her FB group, The Brain Café  & Sr Editor at The Creativity Post

From @Create_Miracles ~ Artisan of Creative Miracles Blog 

From @GiftedHF ~ Gifted Homeschoolers Forum 

From @jenmartin ~ Teach from the Heart Blog 

From @TheHeadKnuckle ~ Creativity 2.0 Blog

Pics from the Conference:

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Angie French, Stacia Taylor and Jen Martin

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Ian Byrd from Byrdseed Gifted

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Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist for American Mensa

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Dr. Jim Webb, Great Potential Press

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Michelle Swain, Past-President of TAGT and Dr. Lynette Breedlove. outgoing TAGT President

TAGT Awards Ceremony

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Stacia Taylor, Parent of the Gifted Gulf Coast Area 2012

Founder, Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

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Tracy Fisher, TAGT State Parent of the Gifted 2012

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Thanks to TAGT for a ‘Room With a View’ ~ Dallas, Texas

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