Monthly Archives: January 2014

Can Personalized Education Be Achieved in Public Schools?

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Photo: Courtesy of MorgueFile 

In our inaugural chat on a Sunday, we discussed whether or not personalized education could ever be achieved in public schools. Questions considered included what exactly personalized education was, barriers to it being implemented, the role of the teacher and technology, and what could be learned from homeschoolers. A full transcript can be found here.

Due to the time change, many more participants from the UK and EU were able to join the chat. It was decided that going forward we will be holding at least one chat a month on Sunday.


Hybrid Learning’s Promise for Personalized Education

The Promise of Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, Big Data and Schools fromEdutopia

A Personalized Future for Education

Personalized Education

Personalized Education Plan (w/samples for gifted students)

Personalized Learning: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM (video)

Personalized Education and the Role of Genius Hour in the Classroom

Creating Adaptive, Personalized, Effective & Addictive Education System for the Next 

The Next Big Thing: Personalized Education (April 2009) from Howard Gardner

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Online from @GiftedHF

Personalized Learning (history – Wikipedia)

Assessing the Early Impact of School of One

How New York City is Using Technology to Teach Math One-on-One

The Best Way for Each Student to Learn (Vimeo)

Don’t Expect Schools of the Future to Be Here Tomorrow

From Cybraryman “Personalized Education Plans

Creating Personalized Education Opportunities

More Than Outside the Box” by Krissy Venosdale

The 21st Century Classroom” (YouTube)

TEDx video “Revolutionizing Education with Personalized Learning

Common Myths of Gifted Education Part 2

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This chat was the second part in a series, “Common Myths of Gifted Education”. It became apparent soon after chat started that these myths evoke strong emotions in all stakeholders in the gifted community. A full transcript can be found here. To view the post from Week 1, click here.

I’ve included below some of the comments made during the chat.

In response to the myth – ‘gifted education programs are elitist’:

Lisa Van Gemert @gifted_guru “There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people” ~ Thomas Jefferson. GT kids are qualitatively different.

Krissy Venosdale @venspired  R5) Different not better.Needs met, not privileged.Elitism insinuates the idea that it’s a “prize.” Real prize? Understanding.

Krissy Venosdale @venspired  R5) I like to tell people that we need to stop focus on high-achieve and focus more on thinking deep.

In reference to the possibility of a child being twice-exceptional: StemMom Advocate  R6: head in fire, feet in ice. Nothing fits.

Please note that our next chat will be Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 4P ET/3P CT/21.00 UK/Monday 8.00 AUS (ET). We will be having one chat a month at this new time.


Ensuring that Diverse Learners Participate in Gifted Education Programs & Services 

Identifying Gifted Children from Diverse Populations 

Classroom Instruction & Teacher Training for Gifted Students from Diverse Populations

Diversity Focus in the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education

Optimizing the Potential of Gifted, Low-Income African American Students: Lessons Learned (pdf)

To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD and More (book)

Designing Services & Programs for High-Ability Learners A Guidebook for Gifted Education (book)

Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-Existing Disabilities

Gifted But Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox 

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Issues 

LD Gifted and Talented 

Bright Kids, Poor Grades & What You Can Do about It 

Poor Results for High Achievers 

Columbus Cheetah, Myth Buster – Myth 8” from Jo Freitag on  Sprite’s Site 

Columbus Cheetah, Myth Buster – Myth 6” from Jo Freitag on Sprite’s Site 

Cybraryman’s Twice-Exceptional Children

The Dyslexic Advantage (Amazon) by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

The Advantages of Acceleration by Lisa Van Gemert

Gifted and Talented – High Intelligence is a Special Need – So Treat It That Way

Common Myths of Gifted Education Part 1

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In this first of two chats on the Common Myths of Gifted Education, 4 myths were discussed including: 1) All Children are Gifted; 2) Gifted Children Will Do Fine on Their Own; 3) Teachers Challenge All Children in the Regular Classroom; and 4) Gifted Students Are a Role Model for Other Students. A full transcript may be found here.

This topic proved to be especially popular with folks from 26 states and 4 countries joining us. Part 2 of the discussion will take place on Friday, January 17th at 7PM ET/6PM CT.


Common Myths in Gifted Education

Reflections on ‘All Children Are Gifted’ by Michael C. Thompson via HoagiesGifted

A Response to All Children Are Gifted

Assumptions Underlying the Identification of Gifted & Talented Students (pdf)

Why Not Let High Ability Students Start School in January? The Curriculum Compacting Study (pdf)

High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB (pdf)

Gifted Dropouts: The Who & Why (pdf)

“All Children Are Challenged in the Regular Classroom???”

“Myth 7: Differentiation in the Regular Classroom is Equivalent to Gifted Programs & is Sufficient”

“Myth 13: The Regular Classroom Teacher Can ”Go It Alone” by Dorothy Sisk

“Myth 15: High-Ability Students Don’t Face Problems and Challenges”

“Myth 16: High-Stakes Tests Are Synonymous with Rigor & Difficulty”

“Myth 17: Gifted & Talented Individuals Do Not Have Unique Social & Emotional Needs”

“11 Common Gifted Education Myths”

“Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education” from the Texas Education Association (TEA)

“Creating School Programs for Gifted Students at the HS Level: An Administrator’s Perspective”

2014 The Year Ahead

2014 got off to a rousing start with a look to the year ahead! It was exciting to see many old friends as well as many ‘first-timers’. In fact, there were so many tweets that we were unable to get to all of the prepared questions! A full transcript may be read here.

The chat was filled with some exciting news of upcoming guests ~ including Dr. Joy Davis (for a return appearance), Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, Christine Fonseca (for a 3rd guest appearance on our chat) and Dr. Dan Peters. All are in the process of being scheduled and dates will be announced in the near future.

We also discussed the possibility of a bi-lingual chat with teachers in the U.S. and Mexico which will admittedly take some planning. If you are interested in participating, please email for details.

There was certainly interest in moving the time for #gtchat. It has always been a difficult time slot for parents and teachers as well. Potential times included Thursday evening at 8/7 C or Saturday/Sunday afternoon. Unlike other educational chats, our ‘global’ nature has always been a serious consideration. At the current time, it is extremely difficult for our friends in the UK/Europe to participate on a regular basis.

In response to “who would you like to see as a guest”, we were pleased to see that several of our already contacted guests were on many people’s wishlist. Other requests included ~ Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden, Dr. Joyce Juntune, Dr. Jim Webb, Dr. Ed Amend, Stephanie Tolan, and Dr. George Betts. Please check out the transcript for a complete list.

“What would you like to chat about?” garnered enough responses to cover the entire year! Some of the topics mentioned included: math anxiety; gay and straight relationships for teens and gifted adults; how to start a parent advocacy group; twice-exceptional; gifted kids and puberty; adult perfectionism; and  Asperger’s and gifted. The moderator will work to include as many as possible.

In a welcomed turn of events, several other educational chats expressed interest in doing a joint chat with #gtchat. We hope to move on these requests in the very near future!

Gifted Education Myths

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be discussing “Myths of Gifted Education” and utilizing the list provided by the NAGC (US) on their website. Prechat tweets and retweets are showing a good deal of interest in this topic! Please join us on Fridays at 7/6 C on Twitter for engaging discussions on all things gifted.

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