Many people contest the idea that giftedness is manifested in young children. This idea is reinforced by schools who do not test for gifted programs until the 3rd grade. In this chat, we discussed how giftedness manifests in young children both through personal observation and links to current research on the topic. A full transcript may be found here on this blog.
Young Gifted Children from Hoagies Gifted Education Page
Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years from Davidson Gifted
Frequently Asked Questions About Extreme Intelligence in Very Young Children from Davidson Gifted
Young Gifted Learners from the National Association for Gifted Children
Gifted Preschooler from University of Southern Mississippi Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
“Envy and Giftedness: Are We Underestimating the Effects of Envy?” by Catharine V. Alvarez
“Vulnerabilities of Highly Gifted Children” from Davidson Gifted
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour
“To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.“
– Mary Pettibone Poole (via Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1)
This week #gtchat was inspiring as well as engaging. We had an extraordinary mix of participants from 20 states and 8 countries. It was a topic that evoked strong emotions on the part of those who attended the chat. Beyond discussing whether gifted learners think differently, we also responded to Seth Godin’s recent post (link below) on his contention that ‘gifted’ is something you can become ~ a belief strongly contested by those in attendance.
The original article upon which this topic was based was “Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers” by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide (link below) in 2004. In the article, the Eides discuss insights being revealed about gifted thinkers from functional brain magnetic resonance imaging. fMRIs show “bright red blazes of high metabolic activity [bursting] out all over the scan.” The implications of these scans are that young gifted thinkers who “are rarely one-mode thinkers” often “go awry, and why organization should be an essential aspect of gifted education.” The article also discusses the benefits ~ “more vivid images, prodigious memory, greater fund of knowledge, more frequent and varied associations, and greater analytic ability” ~ as well as the drawbacks ~ “sensory, emotional and memory overload, sensory hypersensitivities, personal disorganization, sensory distractibility, delayed processing due to ‘analysis paralysis’ (or getting ‘lost in thought’ due to an excess of options), and mental fatigue.”
It should be noted that this chat session had the most favorited tweets and retweets in recent history! A transcript of this chat can be found here. We invite you to ‘like’ our Facebook page here to find all the latest news and links about #gtchat.
What Is This Gifted Thing Anyway? From @DavidsonGifted
What Seth Godin Doesn’t Get About “Gifted” from@redwhiteandgrew
Actually, Mr. Godin, We ARE Born This Way from @laughingatchaos
What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @Susannewith5
Actually, It Goes Both Ways from @Lisa_Rivero
Gifted Is About the Starting Point from @MamaChicks
If Only You were Right, Seth, But … from @loveyboyos
Gifted children: Emotionally immature or emotionally intense? From @DavidsonGifted
Think Different commercial from Apple
Cybraryman’s How To page ~ “How to peel a banana”
Cybraryman’s Multiple Intelligences page
Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction page
On Giftedness and Feeling Socially Mystified from @LesLinks
Smarte Barn from @jtbakler
G&T Education from @LesLinks
On Giftedness and Fittedness from @LesLinks
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We started this chat with an endearing blog post from long-time #gtchat participant, Jo Freitag on her blog ~ Sprite’s Site. One of the storylines on Jo’s blog has followed the lives of the Tweet family and their gifted tweetlets. Tweet and Retweet, the parents, have had to cope with friends and family who simply don’t get ‘giftedness’.
Stories were related of less than satisfactory family relationships and strategies were shared on how to cope with family members who could not accept the idea of giftedness. The discussion entailed twice-exceptional children, homeschooling choices and the wide-range of sensory issues gifted parents must face. A full transcript may be found here.
A Review of Research on Parents & Families of Gifted Children (1983) from Davidson Gifted
Gifted Families Yahoo Group (Australia)
Resources for Parents of Gifted Children from SENG
Texas A&M Edu Psych “Gifted 102” Class for Parents of Gifted Children Dr Suzy Carroll
A light-hearted view of family matters from Jo Freitag’s Sprite’s Site
Life in the Asynchronous Family (Kearney)
“If This is a Gift, Can I send it Back?” book from Jen Merrill
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