Monthly Archives: May 2014

Creative Passion and Gifted Adults

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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.


Creative Passion and Gifted Adults: Prodded by Our Angelic and Demonic Muse” by Douglas Eby

Joanna Penn: “Eliminate What Keeps You from Being Productive

Books to Fuel Your Creative Mind

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

Developing Creativity: Fear is Not a Disease

How to Create More Confidently

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 Gifted Guru


Philosophy of Creativity

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

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

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Amazon)

Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions (Amazon)

Developing Multiple Talents: The Personal Side of Creative Expression (Amazon – Kindle) by @DouglasEby

Developing Multiple Talents Eby

*Image Courtesy: MorgueFile

Guest: Susanne Thomas, New Director of Online Education at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

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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


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Online

About Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Building Wingspan: GHF Online Fall 2014 Class Line Up! From Susanne’s Blog

Cybraryman’s Art Page



Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?


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.


Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?

On Differentiation

Gifted Issues: Davidson Database “Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?”

What Research Says About Differentiated Learning

All Together Now Educating High and Low Achievers in the Same Classroom

The Icarus Syndrome: Why Do Some High Flyers Soar While Others Fall?” (pdf)

How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (Google Books Preview) Carol Ann Tomlinson

The Rationale for Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms via @ASCD

Investigating the Impact of Differentiated Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (pdf)

Palo Alto USD Suspends All Gifted Programing

Educating Gifted Students in Reg Classroom: Efficacy, Attitudes, & Differentiation

of Instruction (pdf)

Gifted Challenges: Eliminate gifted education (?)

The Differentiator from @ByrdseedGifted

Using Bulletin Boards to Differentiate the Classroom Environment 

Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction Page

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.

Multicultural Gifted Education

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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

Understanding Under-representation in Gifted Education

Dr. Donna Y. Ford Bio

Dr. Ford’s Website

Integrating Multicultural and Gifted Education: A Curricular Framework” (pdf)

An Interview with Dr. Donna Y. Ford (pdf)

We Must Be As Diligent About Closing the Achievement Gap As We Were About Creating It

Welcome Dr. Donna Y. Ford to SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee

Civil Rights Data Collection Data Snapshot: College and Career Readiness

Closing the Achievement Gap: Donna Ford (YouTube)

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

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