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A Look Back at 2013 and #gtchat

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2013 proved to be a tremendous year for ‘Global’ #gtchat. Chat participants joined us from over 30 countries and 46 states. Our blog was visited over 12,000 times from 95 countries. Our Facebook page now has over 430 Likes. None of which would have been possible without the tremendous support we receive from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented ~ the Board of Directors; J.J. Colburn, Executive Director; Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director and the entire Staff.

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In addition to the weekly chats, we held 4 Tweet-Ups and 3 LIVE chats this year: in Pittsburgh at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education; in Louisville for the biennial conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; in Indianapolis at the annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children; and in Houston for the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. It was a thrill to get to know in person so many of the folks we chat with each week!

Behind the scenes with Lisa Van Gemert, Dr. Brian Housand and Erik Schwinger waiting for #gtchat to start.

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We are extremely happy about the many gifted organizations who have provided #gtchat with guests, retweets, interviews, promotion and words of encouragement. We want to thank Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, GT Voice (UK), IEA Gifted, SENG, Hoagies Gifted, Byrdseed Gifted, American Mensa, ESSDACK, Davidson’s Young Scholars, Venspired, GiftedNZ (New Zealand), Ingennios (Mexico), Gifted Resources Inc. (Australia), NAGC, WCGTC, European Council for High Ability (EU) and the Vietnam Association for Talent Development. Thank you also to our many guests who took the time to chat with us!

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Plans are already being made to continue these successes in the New Year with exciting new guests both from within and outside the gifted community, joint chats with other educational chats on Twitter, and expansion of our presence on Twitter to include new formats to increase involvement of those not yet involved in chats.        (At left, Tweet-Up, Houston)

Join #gtchat on Friday, January 3rd at 7PM ET/6PM CT/Midnight UK/4th 11AM Australia (ET) to discuss what you would like to see in the coming year!

Conquering Cognitive Weariness with Guest, Lisa Van Gemert

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Always a conference favorite, Lisa Van Gemert joined us to talk about cognitive weariness, aka ‘boredom’ in the classroom. Lisa, the Gifted Guru, is the Gifted Youth Specialist for American Mensa. Their new Twitter handle is @MensaGT.

So, how exactly does Lisa define ‘cognitive weariness’? “Cognitive weariness is like the French ennui – existential boredom – specifically with regard to school work. Cognitive weariness hits when we have what one researcher called the “shriek of unused capacities.” The gifted are more prone to cognitive weariness because boredom is a root cause, and they are so often bored.”

When asked “What strategies can teachers use to counteract boredom?”, Lisa was prepared with a fantastic list of strategies. #1 Decrease predictability. Don’t run the class in the same pattern every day. #2 Decrease monotony. Don’t do the same thing for very long – no more than fifteen minutes, even in high school. #3 Increase choice. Feelings of confinement lead to boredom, and mental confinement counts, too. #4 Decrease distractions. That kid’s tapping pencil is increasing boredom in other kids. Little known, but true. #5 Accurately and consistently match ability with work level. Goldilocks the work. A full transcript may be found here.

You can find Lisa Van Gemert at TAGT 2013 in Houston, December 4th to 6th. She’s speaking with Brian Housand Thursday at 10:30 AM, Thursday at 12:15 PM and twice on Friday. All of her presentations are ‘not to be missed’.

Links:

Lisa Van Gemert’s  @gifted_guru Website ‘Gifted Guru

Lisa Van Gemert’s presentations on Slideshare

Lisa Van Gemert Gifted Youth Specialist @AmericanMensa

Lisa Van Gemert’s Pinterest Page 

Living on Edge of Chaos Podcast Ep 5 Chat w/Lisa Van Gemert from @coffeechugbooks

Lit From Within: Motivation and the Gifted Learner’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Beyond Boredom (understanding and conquering the ‘b’ word)’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Differentiation in the GT Classroom’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Creativity Prescription’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Perfection{ism} An Occupational Hazard of Giftedness’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Gift of Self’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Gifted Overview’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Grouping without Fear’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Five-Headed Dragon – Threats to Giftedness’ (pdf) from @gifted_guru

Heart Over Head: Emotional Intelligence and the Gifted Learner” from @gifted_guru on Prezi

Deliberate Excellence: The Power of Effective Classrooms” from @gifted_guru on Prezi

Cybraryman’s MakerEd Page

Cybraryman’s GeniusHour Page 

Flipsnack ~ A place for showcasing student work

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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Reaching New Heights in Gifted Education PAGE 2013 Conference

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Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented extends its thanks to PAGE (Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education) for hosting #gtchat at their Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.

Throughout the conference, all sessions were visited by the moderator and then tweeted for the benefit of conference attendees to enhance their experience, and for those who were unable to attend this year. Tweets included not only information from the presentations, but also background on each of the presenters as well as other presentations and projects in which they were involved.

PAGE provided the moderator with a central location at the conference to serve as a resource for anyone wanting to sign-up for and learn more about Twitter, prior to #gtchat on Friday. All of the information tweeted ~ including the keynote ~ can be searched on Twitter at #PAGE13 and clicking ‘All” at the top of the search results page.

A highlight of the conference was the keynote by Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist with American Mensa. As a former teacher, administrator and parent of three gifted sons, her presentation, “The Five-Headed Dragon: Threats to Giftedness”, combined her wit and extraordinary life-experiences to connect with the audience in a deep, personal way. Twitter provided a unique record of Lisa’s keynote. If you ever have the opportunity to be at a conference with Lisa, make sure to attend her session. You’ll be glad you did!

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Lisa Van Gemert at PAGE Conference

Another popular presenter, East Carolina University Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Housand, spoke at two packed sessions about “Technology with Purpose: The Gifted Learner Connection”. Providing educators with practical tips on using technology in their classrooms, Brian reviewed a myriad of tools to enhance the quality of education necessary for today’s tech-savvy gifted student. As a member of Global #gtchat’s Advisory Board, he referred to the benefits of our Twitter chat in his presentation, noting the global collaboration which goes on each week.

Friend of #gtchat, Erik Schwinger of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, presented, “Get Out of the Classroom! The Value of Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship.”  Erik explained that it is important to provide gifted students with avenues to make a positive impact in their communities. These experiences can become a venue for teaching executive skills such as leadership, task commitment, organization, civic responsibility and communication.

Behind the scenes with Lisa Van Gemert, Dr. Brian Housand and Erik Schwinger waiting for #gtchat to start.

Behind the scenes with Lisa Van Gemert, Dr. Brian Housand and Erik Schwinger waiting for #gtchat to start.

Global #gtchat would like to especially thank Mrs. Cynde Frederick for her role in bringing #gtchat to the PAGE Conference. Her forward-thinking involvement in conference planning included providing each attendee with a (sponsored) flash-drive loaded with materials from all the conference presentations including the new #gtchat flyer from TAGT. Cynde was also instrumental in holding the conference at Robert Morris University which provided free Wi-Fi to all attendees and technical support to presenters. This made connecting people to Twitter a simple process.

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Utilizing Twitter at conferences is a great way to extend the experience for conference attendees. With multiple sessions being offered, it is impossible to attend all of them; but easy to follow updates on Twitter. Saved hashtag searches can create a permanent record of tweets and the links they contain. Background information about presenters further enhances the value of tweeting your conference. So, consider Twitter when you’re planning your next conference!

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