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Organizing the Gifted Learner

For the second week in a row, #gtchat became a Trending Topic on Twitter from the U.S. and Canada to Australia! Our discussion centered on the why and how of disorganized gifted learners. Participants from 16 states and 6 countries (1st time for China!) chatted about whether being organized was all that important, where to find resources online and the best organizational tips. A full transcript can be found here.

Next week on Friday, April 19th, #gtchat will be LIVE from the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education in Pittsburgh, PA at a special time ~ 3PM EDT/2PM CDT/Noon PDT/8PM UK/ 5AM (Sat) Melbourne, AU. Our guest will be Mr. Jerry Blumengarten, aka @cybraryman1 on Twitter. He will be talking to us about his involvement with #gchat and the transformative power of Twitter in the lives of educators and parents of gifted children. Jerry is a retired teacher who taught in the New York City school system for 32 years. Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s from Hunter College. With over 25,000 followers, he is one of the best known teachers on Twitter. His website, Cybraryman.com, has curated over 20,000 educational links with an extensive page for Gifted & Talented.

This past week, #gtchat partnered with SENG Gifted when it conducted an interview with Dr. James Webb, founder of SENG and president of Great Potential Press, about the Misdiagnosis Initiative.  This silent crisis which affects millions of children who are misdiagnosed with mental disorders, but whose gifted characteristics are too often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals. Please take time to read the interview (link below) and share with your friends and organizations in (and outside) the gifted community.

Links:

Study Skills/Organization Page for students from @cybraryman1

The Portable Brain (Planners and Task Management) from@ayermish  

What Parents Can do to Help Their Children Get Organized from @DavidsonGifted 

Understanding Mind-Mapping Software ~ What is Mind-Mapping?

Gifted & Talented Teacher Toolkit from Texas Education Association

Why Are Graphic Organizers Successful for Gifted Students?

Organizational Skills for Visual-Spatial Learners from @GiftedDevCenter

An interview w/Dr. James Webb of @giftedbooks from #gtchat & @SENG_Gifted on the “Misdiagnosis Initiative”

Organizational Skills of Gifted Children

The Highly Distracted Gifted Child: You Can Help from @PsychToday

10 Helpful Tips for Parents of Gifted Children

Practical Solutions/Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students from Wm & Mary

Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder (book)

Apps for Students with LD: Organization & Study

Creating Order from Chaos

Coffee for the Brain (blog)

On Giftedness, Organisational Challenges and a Wisewoman’s Words from @LesLinks

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“Do Gifted Learners Think Differently?”

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.

Links:

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds

How Do You Know If Your Child Is Gifted?

Learning Characteristics of Gifted Students: Implications for Instruction & Guidance

Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers

Mosaics of Minds: Why Do Gifted People Seem So Weird?

11 Tips for Teachers of the Gifted and Talented

Dealing with Problems of Some Gifted Children 

Psycho-Social Needs: Understanding the Emotional, Intellectual & Social Uniqueness of Growing Up Gifted 

Keynote Address at the “Eleventh World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children”

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

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @jofrei

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People 2 from @jofrei

Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted

Gifted Children: Are Their Gifts Being Identified, Encouraged, or Ignored?

Gifted children: Emotionally immature or emotionally intense? From @DavidsonGifted

What is giftedness?

Think Different commercial from Apple

How being gifted means being different

Cybraryman’s How To page ~ “How to peel a banana”

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker

Cybraryman’s Multiple Intelligences page

Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction page

Experience and Processing The Funnel and Cylinder Analogy of Giftedness

Intensive Reasoning Training Alters Patterns of Brain Connectivity at Rest (Abstract)

On Giftedness and Feeling Socially Mystified from @LesLinks

Gifted Education: It’s Not What People Think

Differentiation

Smarte Barn from @jtbakler

G&T Education from @LesLinks

On Giftedness and Fittedness from @LesLinks

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