Monthly Archives: September 2013

TweetUp Louisville!

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During the 20th Biennial Conference of the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children in Louisville, KY, #gtchat and friends held a TweetUp to bring together those attending the conference who had met through #gtchat on Twitter.

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By any measure, it was a success! Guests came from the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, the UK and Vietnam. They represented the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, the NAGC, American Mensa, Potential Plus K, the Vietnam Association for Talent Development and Human Resources, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, #coffeechug PLN, SENG, AHA Learners, giftednz, IEA Gifted, Ingennios, Hoagies Gifted, ESSDACK and Great Potential Press. The gathering was only limited by space!

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In fact, a second impromptu gathering occurred the following evening that added guests from Ireland and Australia (via Skype) who represented Gifted Resources and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

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What happens when you fill a room with gifted adults? Rich and engaging conversations, laughter, memorable stories, formation of intellectual bonds … a profound sense of the future and ‘what next’.

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There will be two more TweetUps this year at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Gifted Children in Indianapolis in November and at the Annual Conference for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in Houston in December. If you would be interested in joining us, please DM @gtchatmod on Twitter or email me at gtchatmod@gmail.com for details as they become available.

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Should Behavior be Used to Deny Entrance to Gifted Programs?

Many behaviors were discussed during this chat which might be used by                                       school personnel to deny entrance to gifted programs. Among these                                         behaviors were immaturity, underachievement/poor grades, disruptive                               behavior in the classroom, hyperactivity, daydreaming, and not getting easy                               work done.

An important point was made by Stacia Taylor of Texas Parenting PG that too often gifted programs are seen as a reward for good grades rather than for fulfilling the needs of the gifted child. In this instance, it is easy for schools to justify who gets into the gifted program and who does not. Krissy Venosdale, former gifted teacher and new school director at a GT school, added that gifted students who don’t handle the traditional classroom setting well can be denied access to the very programs that they really need.

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It was announced at the end of chat that the chat for September 13th will be moved to Thursday, September 12th  @5PM ET/4PM CT/ 22.00 UK/ 7.00 Friday AUS (ET).

A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Links:

A Creative and Gifted Young Man Finally Gets a Chance to Succeed in School

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children” by Linda Silverman

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?”  from Jen Merrill

They Said He Would Never Learn

Smarte Barn from Jan Bakler

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