Monthly Archives: July 2013
Global #gtchat welcomed many new participants to this chat! Questions discussed included what was intellectual curiosity, how it could be nurtured, the downside and the personal benefits. A full transcript may be found at Storify.
Intellectual curiosity may be defined as wanting to know something just for the sake of knowing it. It was suggested that parents and educators can model intellectual curiosity, build relationships that foster it and ask tough questions that generate curiosity. Benefits of intellectual curiosity include becoming a life-long learner and enjoying a more holistic education.
“How to Ignite Intellectual Curiosity in Students” from @edutopia
“Intellectual Curiosity” from J. Sklare
“How to Stimulate Curiosity” from @anniemurphypaul
Cybraryman’s Leadership Page
This week’s chat began by defining exactly what leadership is and then the chat turned to teaching leadership skills in school for gifted students. Opportunities outside of school were also discussed. A full transcript available.
Leadership by one definition is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people. It can be demonstrated by an advanced level on performance assessments at the ninety-fifth percentile and above on standardized leadership tests. Some of the characteristics of leadership include curiosity, flexibility, persistence and hope.
It has been found that it is important to teach leadership skills. These skills can assist in self-esteem, decision making and developing critical thinking. They help prepare students for careers where responsible and positive leadership is essential.
Ways in which educators can incorporate leadership training into their curriculum include using science classes to present opportunities for critical thinking, analysis and creative problem solving. Teachers can also include biographies of great leaders in their LA curriculum to read and discuss. Students can learn leadership skills in humanity classes by preparing well-researched ideas in speeches and written reports. Summer classes can be a time to explore interests and allow students to engage in areas not available during school sessions.
Where can students find opportunities to develop leadership skills outside the classroom? Extracurricular activities provide avenues for developing skills necessary to lead within group and team activities. Finding mentors who are community leaders can help promote leadership skills and allow them to develop naturally. Volunteering exposes students to opportunities to practice and model leadership skills while helping those in need.
“Creating Opportunities to Develop Leadership Ability” from @DukeTIP
“Leadership Development Program Fulfills Gifted Students’ Needs” from @TxGifted (pdf) #TAGT
Cybraryman’s Debate Page
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page
Cybraryman’s Leadership Page
“Making Great Kids Greater: Easing the Burden of Being Gifted” Sisk (Amazon)
Dr. Edith Johnston joined #gtchat to discuss her work and philosophy on ‘multi-talents’; those individuals with high abilities in several areas. Dr. Johnston’s focus is with those who are not expressing at their desired or needed level. It was noted that multi-talents often feel they are different, but don’t always know why. In response to these feelings, they may hide their talents.
Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome, self-medication, dropping out, hiding are all possible consequences for multi-talents who do not understand their own feelings. They often do not ‘learn how to learn’ and this can create conflicts in their adult lives. Dr. Johnston’s advice includes: set mastery as the goal, not perfection; challenge oneself to gain more skill and expand your talent; and increase self-awareness. A full transcript may be found on this blog.
Dr. Johnston’s website, “How to in Life”
Dr. Johnston at An Intense Life from @chrstinef
Gifted for Life from @SoniaDabboussi
Kulpers & Van Kempen (Supporting Extra Intelligent People & Their Environment)
Multi-talents MIA | Beyond Mediocrity (Audio Program) by Dr. Edith Johnston
A Myriad of Ideas: Personal Development for Multi-Talented Individuals (book) by Dr. Edith Johnston
Discovering the Intensity of Brilliance | A Mandala Journey (book) by Dr. Edith Johnston
Multipotentiality from @thethinkteacher