Monthly Archives: March 2013

How the Common Core Will Affect Gifted Students

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!

Links:

Alabama Could Be First State to Use Standardized Tests Aligned with Common Core

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

Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education?

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

Gifted Students and the Common Core: Implications for Practice” (pdf)

iPad/iPod Applications for CC from Robeson County teachers 4 Academically Intellectually Gifted

Example of a Lesson Plan Using CCSS  Thanks to Mr. Dan Baker from iep4u.com 

Tres Columnae

Real Life Math & Other Enrichment Activities from Elvira G. Deyamport, Ed.S.

Cybraryman’s Common Core Page 

Cybraryman’s Common Core Math Page  

The Value of Twitter Chats

This chat celebrated the 1 year anniversary of #gtchat being powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. The moderator and participants expressed their thanks to Executive Director, JJ Colburn; Past-President, Dr. Lynette Breedlove; Mrs. Deborah Mersino, Founder and First Moderator of gtchat; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg and the fabulous staff at TAGT. Nearly 60 active participants tweeted more than 500 tweets during the hour and came from 4 countries and 20 states. The week leading up to chat included over 1,000 tweets from over 200 contributors reaching over 220,000 follows with 1.86 million timeline deliveries!

The occasion was marked by the introduction of TAGT’s #gtchat Advisory Board who provide support and advice to the moderator on a weekly basis. They are Mrs. Angie French (@teachagiftedkid), GT specialist at Tomball ISD near Houston, TX; Mrs. Stacia Taylor (@TXProfoundlyPG), founder of Texas Parents for the Profoundly Gifted, member of the Board of Directors at Rainard School, and member of the NAGC’s Parent Committee; Mrs. Nicole Shannon (@LonghornNic), coordinator of Gifted & Advanced Academic Services at Round Rock ISD; Mr. Ian Byrd (@ByrdseedGifted), gifted education writer and founder of Byrdseed Gifted; and Dr. Brian Housand (@brianbousand), Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC. Special thanks also to past advisors, Mrs. Tracy Fisher, Mrs. Michelle Swain and Dr. Jan Fall.

Questions during the chat revolved around the importance of Twitter chats and how they can make a difference in the lives of both parents and educators of the gifted. Near the end, participants offered suggestions about the format and future of the chat which provided much needed insight to the moderator. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

It was announced that #gtchat will be having a LIVE chat from the 2013 Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education’s Annual Conference on Friday, April 19th at a special time 3PM EDT. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, will be available during Thursday night sessions and during the day on Friday to assist attendees in signing up for Twitter. Lisa will also be tweeting live from the conference.

Links:

#gtchat Page on #TAGT Website 

#gtchat’s Facebook Page 

Cybraryman’s Educational Chats on Twitter

Using TweetChat to Follow Educational Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats for Personal PD 

Twitter Chats: How to Survive & Thrive in a Twitter Chat… Hockey Style Eh? 

Twitter for Educators: A Tutorial for Beginners 

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

4 Simple Ways to Get Started Teaching With Twitter

What You Should Know About Twitter Chats

6 Best Twitter Tips Every Teacher Should Know About

Social Networking – Impacting the World of Gifted Education 

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter and Education

Should I Participate in Twitter Chats?

Hoagies’ Gifted Website

Hoagies’ Facebook Page   

Teach a Gifted Kid Blog from Angie French

The Power of Twitter Chats (YouTube 31:44)

Venspired from Krissy Venosdale 

Cybraryman’s Livebinders page

Twitter Resources, Apps & Tools (Pinterest)

Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

Brian Housand, PhD (website)

Byrdseed Gifted

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (Facebook)

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (website)

“Do Gifted Learners Think Differently?”

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

– Mary Pettibone Poole (via Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1)

This week #gtchat was inspiring as well as engaging. We had an extraordinary mix of participants from 20 states and 8 countries. It was a topic that evoked strong emotions on the part of those who attended the chat. Beyond discussing whether gifted learners think differently, we also responded to Seth Godin’s recent post (link below) on his contention that ‘gifted’ is something you can become ~ a belief strongly contested by those in attendance.

The original article upon which this topic was based was “Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers” by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide (link below) in 2004. In the article, the Eides discuss insights being revealed about gifted thinkers from functional brain magnetic resonance imaging. fMRIs show “bright red blazes of high metabolic activity [bursting] out all over the scan.” The implications of these scans are that young gifted thinkers who “are rarely one-mode thinkers” often “go awry, and why organization should be an essential aspect of gifted education.”  The article also discusses the benefits ~ “more vivid images, prodigious memory, greater fund of knowledge, more frequent and varied associations, and greater analytic ability” ~ as well as the drawbacks ~ “sensory, emotional and memory overload, sensory hypersensitivities, personal disorganization, sensory distractibility, delayed processing due to ‘analysis paralysis’ (or getting ‘lost in thought’ due to an excess of options), and mental fatigue.”

It should be noted that this chat session had the most favorited tweets and retweets in recent history! A transcript of this chat can be found here. We invite you to ‘like’ our Facebook page here to find all the latest news and links about #gtchat.

Links:

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds

How Do You Know If Your Child Is Gifted?

Learning Characteristics of Gifted Students: Implications for Instruction & Guidance

Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers

Mosaics of Minds: Why Do Gifted People Seem So Weird?

11 Tips for Teachers of the Gifted and Talented

Dealing with Problems of Some Gifted Children 

Psycho-Social Needs: Understanding the Emotional, Intellectual & Social Uniqueness of Growing Up Gifted 

Keynote Address at the “Eleventh World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children”

What Is This Gifted Thing Anyway? From @DavidsonGifted

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Get About “Gifted” from@redwhiteandgrew

Actually, Mr. Godin, We ARE Born This Way from @laughingatchaos

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @Susannewith5

Actually, It Goes Both Ways from @Lisa_Rivero

Gifted Is About the Starting Point from @MamaChicks

If Only You were Right, Seth, But … from @loveyboyos

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @jofrei

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People 2 from @jofrei

Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted

Gifted Children: Are Their Gifts Being Identified, Encouraged, or Ignored?

Gifted children: Emotionally immature or emotionally intense? From @DavidsonGifted

What is giftedness?

Think Different commercial from Apple

How being gifted means being different

Cybraryman’s How To page ~ “How to peel a banana”

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker

Cybraryman’s Multiple Intelligences page

Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction page

Experience and Processing The Funnel and Cylinder Analogy of Giftedness

Intensive Reasoning Training Alters Patterns of Brain Connectivity at Rest (Abstract)

On Giftedness and Feeling Socially Mystified from @LesLinks

Gifted Education: It’s Not What People Think

Differentiation

Smarte Barn from @jtbakler

G&T Education from @LesLinks

On Giftedness and Fittedness from @LesLinks

The Homework Dilemma

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.

Links:

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)

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (Borba)

Homework: New Research Suggests It May Be an Unnecessary Evil

Is The Nightly Homework Battle Worth It? (NPR)

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper

Scholastic’s Homework Hub

Homework: The Good and the Bad from @SENG_Gifted

Getting Organized – Homework Steps from Sprite’s Site @jofrei

Homework Takes a Hit

Five Hallmarks of Good Homework

Livebinders: Flipping the Classroom

Flip Your Classroom through Reverse Instruction 

The Flipped Classroom Engages Students and Challenges Teachers

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)

Rethinking Teaching and Time with the Flipped Classroom

 

* Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!

 

 

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