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Rethinking Structure in the Gifted Classroom with Guest, David Sebek

David Sebek


David Sebek, middle school ELA teacher of the Fort Bend ISD, was our guest this week to discuss ‘Rethinking Structure in the Gifted Classroom’. He was TAGT’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. This proved to be a popular topic with many new participants and attendees from 25 states and 5 countries. A full transcript may be found here.

David started with the premise ~ Are we a teaching school or learning school? (Attributed to @ThatIanGilbert ). He continued by saying, “We should shift our paradigms to Future Proofing the Students. A basic premise we use is Reverse the Role of the Learner: Dependent, Passive Consumer to an Independent, Active Producer. ”


David Sebek’s Blog Creativity 2.0

Flipping the Classroom (pic) Dr. Brian Housand

Flipped, Wired, Gone: Is There Space for the Classroom in the Twenty-First Century?

What the Heck Is a Flipped Classroom? from GingerLewman

David Sebek ~ “2011 TAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Year

David Sebek’s Livebinder

David Sebek’s Public Library on Diigo

David Sebek’s Emodo Page

A 6-Step Process for Adding Gamification to Your Classroom

Start the Year with Themes & Generalizations from Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

TED Talks: Ramsey Musallam ~ 3 Rules to Spark Learning

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Belle Wallace on Gifted Education, Part 4: Teaching Problem-Solving and Thinking Skills

Learning Styles & Retention – How Best to Engage?

Scaffolding in Education A Template for Deeper Learning

Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve got Google? (book – Amazon)

Changing Education Paradigms’ with Sir Ken Robinson (You Tube)

Cybraryman’s Makerspaces Page

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Cybraryman’s Learning from Mistakes Page

David Sebek’s ‘A Hero’s Journey’ on YouTube

The Homework Dilemma

People from 6 countries and 13 states joined together to discuss the problems with homework. New faces continue to join each week and we always welcome those who prefer to simply lurk and learn. Congratulations was extended to longtime chat participant, Leslie Graves (@LesLinks) who was recently elected president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She will take office in August at their World Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

A consensus was reached by hour’s end that homework should be meaningful, an extension of learning in the classroom and not be graded. Cybraryman introduced a bit of levity into the chat with one of his homework jokes, “Why did the student eat his homework?” Answer* to follow later in this post. A full transcript may be found here.

Participants also discussed the ‘flipped classroom’, strategies to help children with their homework and the best places to find resources for homework help.

At the end of chat, it was announced that March 22nd will be a very special chat as we celebrate our first year of support by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Not only have they provided excellent support to the moderator, but have helped to spread the word about chat through their website, weekly member’s eNewsletter, and by giving voice to #gtchat throughout their annual conference. Look for an all star line-up of guests that day as we chat about the value of Twitter chats. Please join us at 7PM EDT/6PM CDT. Also, note that the U.S. has already changed to Daylight Savings Time. Check your location’s time here.


Sprite on the Subject of Homework” from @jofrei

Cybraryman’s Homework Help Page

Cybraryman’s The Homework Debate Page

How to do Homework Without Throwing Up from Free Spirit Publishing

Ending the Homework Hassle (ebook)

Homework Without Tears (Amazon)

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (Borba)

Homework: New Research Suggests It May Be an Unnecessary Evil

Is The Nightly Homework Battle Worth It? (NPR)

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper

Scholastic’s Homework Hub

Homework: The Good and the Bad from @SENG_Gifted

Getting Organized – Homework Steps from Sprite’s Site @jofrei

Homework Takes a Hit

Five Hallmarks of Good Homework

Livebinders: Flipping the Classroom

Flip Your Classroom through Reverse Instruction 

The Flipped Classroom Engages Students and Challenges Teachers

Why I Bothered to Flip My Classroom from @TheHeadKnuckle

8 Crucial Resources for Flipped Classrooms from @edudemic

Salman Kahn: Let’s Used Video to Reinvent Education (TED Talk – video)

Rethinking Teaching and Time with the Flipped Classroom


* Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!



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