Monthly Archives: March 2013
This week’s chat considered the new Common Core State Standards ~ the good and the not-so-good ~ and what they mean for gifted students. A wide array of opinions were expressed. Many felt that the new standards were just another policy doomed to failure, while others thought it showed promise. There was agreement that how the plan was implemented was critical for any success. A full transcript can be found here.
Global #gtchat would like to thank Mrs. Jo Frietag for her blog post at Sprite’s Site (link below) on our chat. Jo’s blog is in the running for Best Australian Blog 2013. We would also like to thank Edtech Magazine for a nice mention and inclusion in their recent blog post, “A Printable List of the Best Education Hashtags“. Their tweet on Twitter: “You know the hashtag #edtech. But do you know #gtchat? Here’s two-dozen education hashtags every teacher should know!”
News Alert: Look for #gtchat LIVE at the #PAGE13 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, April 19th at a special time @3PM EDT. We apologize that the month was tweeted incorrectly during chat!
Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education from @NAGCGIFTED
FAQs from @NAGCGIFTED about CCSS and Gifted Education
“Using the Common Core State Standards with Gifted Students” (pdf) from @carolyncoil
“Will CCSS Serve Above Standard Students?” from the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
Davidson Database Gifted Issues – Common Core from Davidson Gifted
“Common Core State Standards” from Duke TIP
iPad/iPod Applications for CC from Robeson County teachers 4 Academically Intellectually Gifted
Real Life Math & Other Enrichment Activities from Elvira G. Deyamport, Ed.S.
Cybraryman’s Common Core Page
Cybraryman’s Common Core Math Page
People from 6 countries and 13 states joined together to discuss the problems with homework. New faces continue to join each week and we always welcome those who prefer to simply lurk and learn. Congratulations was extended to longtime chat participant, Leslie Graves (@LesLinks) who was recently elected president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She will take office in August at their World Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
A consensus was reached by hour’s end that homework should be meaningful, an extension of learning in the classroom and not be graded. Cybraryman introduced a bit of levity into the chat with one of his homework jokes, “Why did the student eat his homework?” Answer* to follow later in this post. A full transcript may be found here.
Participants also discussed the ‘flipped classroom’, strategies to help children with their homework and the best places to find resources for homework help.
At the end of chat, it was announced that March 22nd will be a very special chat as we celebrate our first year of support by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Not only have they provided excellent support to the moderator, but have helped to spread the word about chat through their website, weekly member’s eNewsletter, and by giving voice to #gtchat throughout their annual conference. Look for an all star line-up of guests that day as we chat about the value of Twitter chats. Please join us at 7PM EDT/6PM CDT. Also, note that the U.S. has already changed to Daylight Savings Time. Check your location’s time here.
“Sprite on the Subject of Homework” from @jofrei
Cybraryman’s Homework Help Page
Cybraryman’s The Homework Debate Page
How to do Homework Without Throwing Up from Free Spirit Publishing
Ending the Homework Hassle (ebook)
Homework Without Tears (Amazon)
Homework: The Good and the Bad from @SENG_Gifted
Why I Bothered to Flip My Classroom from @TheHeadKnuckle
8 Crucial Resources for Flipped Classrooms from @edudemic
Salman Kahn: Let’s Used Video to Reinvent Education (TED Talk – video)
* Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!