Labels: Good, Bad, or Simply Wrong

gtchat trending twitter

April 5, 2013 #gtchat is Trending on Twitter

It was an extraordinary chat ~ rapid fire comments: averaging one tweet every 6 seconds for an hour ~ as old and new participants joined #gtchat to discuss the veracity of labeling gifted children. In the end, there were many good points made on both sides of the debate; the need to label and the negative consequences of labels. No one seemed to think labels were ‘simply wrong’. It was also obvious that it was a topic of interest for many newcomers to chat as was evident when our hashtag began to trend … across the U.S. and in Canada and in Australia! The full transcript can be found here.

The final minutes of #gtchat was filled with several exciting announcements! On April 19th, #gtchat will be LIVE from the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Children’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh at a special time, 3PM to 4PM EDT. Our guest will be Jerry Blumengarten ( @cybraryman1) who was an early mentor to Deborah Mersino, founder of #gtchat, when she was starting the new chat on Twitter. Jerry is also a co-moderator of the popular #edchat on Twitter. As curator of, he has built an incredible educational portal site for students, parents and teachers.

On April 26th, #gtchat will welcome representatives from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum to introduce their new brochure, Educators’ Guide to Gifted children, written to be used as a tool for those who are working with educators who need to know about giftedness, gifted children and twice-exceptional children.

#gtchat is proud to announce an upcoming interview with Dr. James Webb on “The Misdiagnosis Initiative” begun last year by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted). The interview will appear on this blog. A follow-up #gtchat will occur on May 10th at 7PM EDT with representatives from SENG.


Should students be labeled gifted? From Edutopia

Gifted, Talented and Separated

Does the “Gifted” label matter? From @DavidsonGifted

Do children need to know they’re gifted?

Campaign Against “Gifted & Talented” Label Revives Long-Standing Debate

Psychological Adjustment of Gifted Students (pdf)

Does the ‘Gifted’ Label Get in the Way of Developing Real Potential?

Wrestling with Misconceptions: Is the Gifted Label Good or Bad? (pdf)

The ‘Gifted’ Label: Burden or Blessing (pdf)

The History of Gifted and Talented Education

AHA Learners Presents Myths in Gifted Education PSAs

Cybraryman’s Twice Exceptional Children’s Page

Cybraryman’s Individualized Learning Programs and Personalized Education Plan Page

The Ineffective Gifted Label

Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Resources: Twice-Exceptional (2e)

How to Work and Homeschool from Pamela Price

Posted on April 7, 2013, in Advocacy, gifted and talented, gifted education, Identification and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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