Monthly Archives: April 2014
This week’s #gtchat took a look at defining success by asking participants what success looked like to them. The definitions were as varied as the participants. Then we looked at the relevancy of ‘happiness’ to success, personal fulfillment, achievement and the idea of ’eminence’. A full transcript may be found here.
What does success look like to you?
Jen Merrill: “I think success is how far you’ve come from where you began.”
Leslie Graves: “Achieving a feeling of happiness and satisfaction after having been involved with something of interest to me.”
Should ‘happiness’ be a consideration in success?
Justin Schwamm: “ I would say happiness is a by-product of doing what you love, not a goal to seek for its own sake.”
Can a person find personal fulfillment without being successful?
Terri Eichholz: “Since I think success is only when you have personal fulfillment, then I do not think one without the other is possible.”
Do you equate success with achievement?
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: “Absolutely not! Success is defined by each individual for themselves… or should be.”
Jeffrey Farley: “I equate success with the achievement of goals, but too often we hold kids accountable for goals in which they aren’t invested.”
Jo Freitag: “Sometimes by happy coincidence success and achievement intersect other times they are independent of each other.”
Can someone be considered a success without becoming eminent in their field?
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: “Eminence is from the outside; success *should* be an internal feeling.”
Barbara Larochelle: “When students equate success to a % mark, those who regularly achieve 95% + need something more intrinsic.”
Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us from Daniel Pink
*Picture courtesy of Pixabay.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep.”
(Contritbuted via Jerry Blumengarten)
Sleep can be elusive for many gifted children. Many parents reported their children saying that their minds began racing at night preventing them from falling asleep. It was also noted that gifted children simply seemed to not need as much sleep. According to Webb & Kleine (1993) and Winner (2000), 20% of gifted individuals need less sleep; 20% need more. Sleep patterns remain well into adulthood. Nightmares/Sleep Terrors/Sleepwalking appear to be more prevalent among gifted children. (Webb et al)
What strategies did parents use to help their gifted children get to sleep? Suggestions included establishing a night time routine where children are required to shut down all electronics at a set time and allow for a ‘wind down’ period of time. They also allowed their children to read for an extended time, using melatonin temporarily, snacks, back rubs, music, and yoga. A complete transcript can be found here.
“I Can’t Get to Sleep Mum.” from NZ Association for Gifted Children
Early Signs of Giftedness (pdf) by Linda Silverman
Gifted Children and Sleep (You Tube 41:22)
Sleepless Gifted Children from Lorel Shea
Cybraryman’s Sleep Page
Photos: Courtesy of the Morgue File
This week’s gtchat considered whether or not gifted education is relevant at the high school level. Jen Merrill may have said it best, “A person is gifted from birth to death, regardless of educational setting, so yeah, it’s relevant at the HS level.”
During the chat, we explored various programming options for high schools and whether most secondary schools were equipped to handle highly and profoundly gifted children. A full transcript may be found here.
Links: “Educational Opportunities for Gifted Students at the High School Level” VA Dept of Education
EPGY – Digital Education Solutions Developed by Stanford University
The Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM) from William & Mary
“PBL and the Common Core: A Natural Partnership” (pdf) by Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher
The Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library (by grade level)
A Different Place … a place on the web to find differentiated activities in all content areas
“Balanced Assessment in Mathematics” from Harvard Graduate School of Education
Design Squad Nation (PBS)