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#gtchat: “Helping Gifted Kids Understand What It Means to Be Gifted”

During this chat, we explored ways to help gifted kids understand what it means to be gifted. A full transcript of the chat may be found here. This week, we welcomed many new  participants as well as lurkers and requested that ‘side-conversations’ among the regulars be kept to a minimum to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for our new guests.

The first question we discussed was which definition of ‘giftedness’ should be used. A number of definitions were mentioned and can be found in the transcript. Also discussed were strategies to help gifted children become self-aware, how others’ expectations can have a negative impact on children, and how parents shared their understanding of giftedness with their children.

Links:

Giftedness: The View from Within” from @DavidsonGifted

The Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child” Annemarie Roeper

Intellectual Giftedness” Wikipedia

Helping Your Highly Gifted Child” Stephanie Tolan

Helping Adolescents Adjust to Giftedness

Giftedness and the Gifted: What’s It All About?

What Does Gifted Mean

What Does it Mean to be Gifted/Talented” (pdf)

Characteristics and Needs of the Gifted

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids (Amazon) by @chrstinef

Are We Redefining the Wrong Word?” from Stephanie Tolan

2010 Definition from the NAGC

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#gtchat: When Parents Push Too Hard

“People push so hard for grades. More focus should be on learning, curiosity, and exploring passions; not pushing for A’s.” ~ Krissy Venosdale, elementary teacher of gifted children

On November 16, 2012, #gtchatters discussed the topic, “When Parents Push Too Hard”. The transcript can be found at Storify. Links presented during the chat can be found below.

Participants from 21 states and 5 countries helped to make this a very exciting chat. Questions posed considered whether parents of gifted children can push them too hard and if they do push; why? Of special interest were reports of parents in NYC schools hiring tutors and academic coaches for their preschoolers in hopes of getting them into the city’s limited spaces in the gifted and talented program.

Links:

Bright NYC Kids: Gifted & Talented Mock Tests

New York Family: Special Parents Seminar on Gifted Education

NYC Parents Struggling with Difficult New Gifted & Talented Test for Their Children

Michele Borba: Gifted Children: Are We pushing too hard?

How Hard Should We Push Our Child at School?

Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Kids the Gift of Inner Discipline

What’s the Point of School?” Guy Claxton (video)

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids by Christine Fonseca

From Cybraryman1 “Team Claco

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