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2014 The Year Ahead

2014 got off to a rousing start with a look to the year ahead! It was exciting to see many old friends as well as many ‘first-timers’. In fact, there were so many tweets that we were unable to get to all of the prepared questions! A full transcript may be read here.

The chat was filled with some exciting news of upcoming guests ~ including Dr. Joy Davis (for a return appearance), Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, Christine Fonseca (for a 3rd guest appearance on our chat) and Dr. Dan Peters. All are in the process of being scheduled and dates will be announced in the near future.

We also discussed the possibility of a bi-lingual chat with teachers in the U.S. and Mexico which will admittedly take some planning. If you are interested in participating, please email gtchatmod@gmail.com for details.

There was certainly interest in moving the time for #gtchat. It has always been a difficult time slot for parents and teachers as well. Potential times included Thursday evening at 8/7 C or Saturday/Sunday afternoon. Unlike other educational chats, our ‘global’ nature has always been a serious consideration. At the current time, it is extremely difficult for our friends in the UK/Europe to participate on a regular basis.

In response to “who would you like to see as a guest”, we were pleased to see that several of our already contacted guests were on many people’s wishlist. Other requests included ~ Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden, Dr. Joyce Juntune, Dr. Jim Webb, Dr. Ed Amend, Stephanie Tolan, and Dr. George Betts. Please check out the transcript for a complete list.

“What would you like to chat about?” garnered enough responses to cover the entire year! Some of the topics mentioned included: math anxiety; gay and straight relationships for teens and gifted adults; how to start a parent advocacy group; twice-exceptional; gifted kids and puberty; adult perfectionism; and  Asperger’s and gifted. The moderator will work to include as many as possible.

In a welcomed turn of events, several other educational chats expressed interest in doing a joint chat with #gtchat. We hope to move on these requests in the very near future!

Gifted Education Myths

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be discussing “Myths of Gifted Education” and utilizing the list provided by the NAGC (US) on their website. Prechat tweets and retweets are showing a good deal of interest in this topic! Please join us on Fridays at 7/6 C on Twitter for engaging discussions on all things gifted.

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What Does the Perfect Gifted Program Look Like?

What does the perfect gifted program look like? It quickly became apparent that describing the perfect program was not hard at all. Now, finding somewhere that one existed … that was a different story altogether! Most people agreed that one-size-does-not-fit-all. There were many paths that could be considered excellent choices, but each child had to find their own. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Some of the various programs that were considered included pull-out (good for peer relationships), acceleration (great choice for those who were achievement-oriented), ability grouping within the regular classroom (when inclusion was the only option), multi-age classrooms (great when available, but few and far between), special schools (charter, cyber, private … great, but potentially expensive), and homeschooling (good choice when families were committed and able to do so).

A multitude of resources are available online and many are shared below. Several links were added after the chat for specific programs. The NAGC (US) and the CEC proved to be excellent sources of information.

In closing, a comment from Cybraryman ~ ” “A beautiful thing is never perfect.” We need to constantly change, adapt, amend to make a program better.”

Links:

FAQs @NAGCGIFTED (U.S.)

Gifted Program Standards from @NAGCGIFTED

What to Look for in a Gifted Program” from the CEC

Montana Gifted Program Planning Guide (pdf)

The Effects of Participating in Gifted Programs Extend Beyond Academics” from @DukeTIP 

In Search of the Perfect Program” (pdf) Silverman 1991

The Iowa Acceleration Scale

A Nation Deceived

Cybraryman’s Cooking and Recipes Page (see transcript)

Top 10 Advocacy Tips for Parents of Black & Hispanic Gifted Students from Dr. Joy Davis

Building a Joyful Learning Community from Justin Schwamm

Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners by Van-Tassel Baska (Amazon)

Handbook of Gifted Education by Colangelo (Amazon)

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Tomlinson (Amazon)

Teaching Models in Education of The Gifted by Maker (Amazon)

Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students by Trail (Amazon)

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