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All Kinds of Gifted

New Years Eve

For the last chat of the year, our topic  was All Kinds of Gifted. This included gifted, highly gifted, profoundly gifted, twice-exceptional,  minority and low-ses. Throughout the chat, it was emphasized that educators need to recognize and understand that giftedness comes in many different forms. A full transcript may be found here.

The difference between gifted and high-achievers was discussed. A common misconception is that these terms are inter-changeable which greatly affects the approach many teachers take to gifted education to the detriment of all gifted students.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all our readers here at #gtchat’s blog. I encourage you to join us on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT. Our topic will be, “2014 The Year Ahead” and I plan to use crowd-sourcing to determine the future of #gtchat. This will be your opportunity to tell me what you like and what you would like to see changed.

Until then, may you all enjoy a joyous holiday season and very Happy New Year!

Links:

Many Kinds of “Gifted”

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds from @SENG_Gifted

Profiles of the Gifted and Talented from @DavidsonGifted

High Achievers, Gifted Learners, and Creative Thinkers

Gifted Children and the Overachievement Fallacy

Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children from @GiftedHF

Why Are Gifted Students Different & What Does That Mean For Us As Educators?

Cultivating a Gifted Mind from @giftedbooks

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children from @GiftedDevCenter

Gifted, and Different

12 Lists of Characteristics of Gifted Students from @ByrdseedGifted

Different than the Rest: Social Challenges of Gifted Adolescents

The “Problem” with Gifted Kids

How Being Gifted Means Being Different

Exquisite Minds

Teaching Strategies for Underachievers

Special thanks to Dr. Linda Silverman and the Gifted Development Center @GiftedDevCenter for sharing the article, “Strategies for Teaching Underachievers” (pdf) which I drew from for the chat! A full transcript may be found here.

In answer to our first question, “What characterizes an underachiever?”; replies included that “underachievers tend to have underdeveloped sequencing skills & high spatial abilities”, their “obstinance often masks their inability to do the work rather than unwillingness”, those with “high spatial strengths have a sophisticated sense of humor & understand complex relations & systems” and they “can become a problem in mainstream classes. More likely to be referred for behaviour/LD”.

The discussion then turned to “Why do students underachieve?” Krissy Venosdale @venspired said that, ” Work presented to them is often not “deep” enough; shallow work becomes mundane; kids check out.” Susanne @Susannewith5 added, “boredom, perfectionism scaring them from WANTING to perform, a lack of work ethic, LD’s, disaffectedness” also are contributing factors.

For teaching strategies, please see the links below. Thank you to Leslie Graves for the Livebinder links.

Links:

Underachieving Gifted Students” Prezi by Rebecca Christensen

Assisting Underachieving Gifted Learners” (pdf)

How Can You Help Gifted Underachievers?” Victoria Butler

Using Peer Coaches to Explain and Tackle the Underachievement of Gifted Students

Why Class Size Matters

Tips for Teachers: Volume 1 Classroom Arrangement and Class Discussion” (YouTube)

Strategies for Students Gifted in ICT

Underachievement” from Duke TIP

Gifted Underachievement: The Who’s, What’s, Why’s and How You Can Help” Livebinder

Culturally Diverse Gifted Students” Livebinder

Family Dynamics Related to Underachievement” Livebinder

Social Emotional Needs of Gifted and Talented Students” Livebinder

Web Resources for Underachievement” Livebinder

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