Monthly Archives: May 2014
Creative Passion and Gifted Adults proved to be a fascinating discussion about how creative passion is fostered and developed. The role of intensities in gifted adults was explored. A full transcript may be found here.
As promised during chat, please find all the links presented during chat and additional links as well. Below, also, find a reading list pertaining to creativity.
Joanna Penn: “Eliminate What Keeps You from Being Productive”
“Can Anyone Be Creative? How? What next?” by James C. Kaufman at The Creativity Post
“Do Impostor Feelings Dampen Your Creativity?” by Douglas Eby
“Do Artists Have Unique Brains?” at The Creative Mind
“Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation” at The Creative Mind
“Do You Feel a Calling to be Creative?” at The Creative Mind
“Positive Obsessions to be Creative” at Developing Multiple Talents
“Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse or Hard Work?” at Talent Development Resources
“Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central
Developing Creativity (portal)
“How Technology Enhances Creativity” by Greg Satell
“The Creative Adult is the Child Who Has Survived” by Rita J. King
“Self Care and Being Creative” by Douglas Eby for Psych Central
“Brain Differences and Creativity” at Talent Development Resources
“What Keeps You Away from Creative Work?” at The Creative Mind
“Curiosity and Creativity” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central
“On Giftedness and Creativity” from Leslie Links
“10 Ways to Boost Creativity” by Steve Tobak at CBS Moneywatch
Cybraryman’s Creativity Page
The Creativity Post from Co-founders Milena Fisher, Scott Kaufman, Elliot S Paul
“The Dangers of Creativity Advocates” by James C. Kaufman
Is Creativity Declining Among Young Americans? Visual Art & Writing Examined by Catherine Griffin
“Using Design Process (why & how) for Problem Solving & Education” from Craig Rusbult, Ph.D.
Tres Columnae – Building a Joyful Learning Community: Stories from Justin Schwamm
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Creatively Gifted
Cybraryman’s Passion Based Learning Page
The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays (Amazon) from Scott Barry Kaufman
Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive & the Creative (Amazon) by Eric Maisel http://goo.gl/n8tIxM
Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art (Amazon – Kindle) by Jenny Doh
The Myths of Creativity: The Truth about How Innovative Companies & People Generate Great Ideas (Amazon) by David Burkus
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Amazon) by Ken Robinson
Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People (Amazon) by Robert S. Root-Bernstein and Michele M. Root-Berstein
My Teeming Brain: Creativity in Creative Writers (Amazon) by Jane Piirto
The Psychology of Creative Writing (Amazon – Kindle) from Scott Barry Kaufman & James C. Kaufman
Understanding Creativity (Amazon) by Jane Piirto
Developing Multiple Talents: The Personal Side of Creative Expression (Amazon – Kindle) by @DouglasEby
*Image Courtesy: MorgueFile
Our guest this week was Susanne Thomas, the new Director of Online Education at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Susanne was here to introduce the Fall 2014 line-up of online classes being offered beginning in September. A full transcript may be found here.
It was exciting to learn that two long-time #gtchat participants will be among the instructors for this fall’s classes. They are Justin Schwamm and Lisa Lauffer. Justin will be teaching two courses of Latin. He is the founder of Tres Columnae Online. Lisa will be the instructor for Art Journaling.
Here is the line-up (All classes run from Sept 1st to Dec 19th):
Technomythica and Epic Heroes 11 AM – 12:00 PM PT Instructor: Liz Burr-Brandstadt
Web Design 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PT Instructor: Cyd Smith
From Parts to Whole: Making Latin Make Sense 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PT Instructor: Justin Schwamm
Introduction to Latin 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT Instructor: Justin Schwamm
The Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey, Project Based Learning Course 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Instructor: Gwyn Ridenhour
Aristotle Leads the Way – Part 1: The Story of Science 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT Instructor: Andrea Whitson
Minecraft Math 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT Instructor: Christy Knockleby
Art Journaling 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT Instructor: Lisa Lauffer
Intro to Astrobiology 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Instructor: Robin Schneider
Building Wingspan: GHF Online Fall 2014 Class Line Up! From Susanne’s Blog
Cybraryman’s Art Page
Volumes have been written about differentiating instruction for all learners in the inclusive classroom. It sounds wonderful in theory, but how practical is it to expect one teacher to differentiate a lesson to accommodate up to 6 different grade levels in one classroom? With emphasis placed on bringing up the lowest achievers to proficiency and teachers’ evaluations on the line, who stands most to loose from this approach?
This week’s #gtchat explored the practicality of differentiation. It was not surprising the strong showing of teachers at this chat. Few thought it was a bad idea, but even fewer had seen differentiation actually occur in their schools. There was consensus on a few points – differentiation requires ongoing professional development and ability grouping to work for high ability learners. Otherwise, it is a mere excuse to save the school district money by forgoing its obligations to provide all students with the opportunity to experience annual growth. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
Gifted Issues: Davidson Database “Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?”
How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (Google Books Preview) Carol Ann Tomlinson
of Instruction (pdf)
The Differentiator from @ByrdseedGifted
“A Case Against Differentiated Instruction” by Ginger Lewman
Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design (Chapter 1) from ASCD
Gifted and Talented Differentiated Instruction Livebinder from Leslie Graves
Differentiation Livebinder from Leslie Graves
Clip art courtesy of Discovery Education.
This week’s Global #gtchat welcomed Dr. Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University to chat about Multicultural Gifted Education, a topic of which Dr. Ford has been raising awareness for nearly 20 years. Please see our recent interview here.
For many of the participants from 20 states and 6 countries, the information provided by Dr. Ford proved to be a real education! When asked about the role culture plays in participation in gifted programs, Dr. Ford explained, “Culture always matters. Educators and policies are harmful if colorblind – results in under-representation. Culture matters when making ALL decisions & selecting measures/instruments for ID and services. Culture matters when making ALL decisions & selecting measures/instruments for screening. Policies and procedures must consider culture to not be racist and discriminatory. When the culture of non-White students is addressed, White privilege is also addressed. And equity improves.” A full transcript may be found on our Storify site.
“Culturally Diverse Gifted Students” Livebinder
“Multicultural Gifted Education” from Dr. Donna Y. Ford
Dr. Donna Y. Ford Bio
Dr. Ford’s Website
Closing the Achievement Gap: Donna Ford (YouTube)
Intelligence Testing & Cultural Diversity: Concerns, Cautions & Considerations by Dr. Donna Y. Ford
Cybraryman’s Culture Page
Cybraryman’s Multicultural Celebration Page
Cybraryman’s Poverty Page
Cybraryman’s You Matter Page