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Is Unschooling Right for Your Gifted Child?

A lively discussion was engaged in during this week’s chat. I’m hopeful that new light was shed on unschooling and the  philosophy behind it. Participants included people from 16 states and 7 countries proving that this was a topic with global appeal. Although we chatted about unschooling in general, we also discussed why unschooling and homeschooling are so attractive to parents of gifted children. Mika Gustavson of Gifted Matters described unschooling as “Child-led learning; life-relevant learning; relevant-to-the-child learning.” A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Two announcements were made during gtchat this past week. First, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented will be powering our chat for the upcoming year. Many thanks to the folks at Texas Gifted, the Board of Directors and to J.J. Colburn, Executive Director for all they do and for their contribution to continuing the conversation within the global gifted community. Second, on June 7th at 7PM ET, #gtchat is pleased to welcome our first teen guest, Ms. Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, CEO of @OrigamiSalami1. We will spotlight Calista in an upcoming blog post!

Once again, #gtchat became a trending topic on Twitter. Our thanks to all the great contributors who attend chat each week and provide such a strong presence on Twitter. We couldn’t do it without you!

Links:

The Natural Child Project: What is Unschooling?

Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage Homeschooler

Thrive Right Now

The ‘Unschooling’ Movement: Good Parenting or UNparenting?

‘Unschooling’ Gaining Popularity, Allows Children Alternative Learning Tools

Extreme Homeschooling: No Tests, No Books, No Classes, No Curriculums

A New Chapter in Education: Unschooling

Unschooling 101

Unschooled: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home

“Shackles” of Structure Cast Off in Child-directed “Unschooling”

Unschooling or Homeschooling?

Socialization: A Great Reason Not to Go to School

The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

Meet a Mother That’s ‘Unschooling’ Her Kids (video)

The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Large Survey

Gifted and Talented Ireland

Cybraryman’s Passion-based Learning Page

I Hate School

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Socratic Method

Cybraryman’s Socratic Seminar

Cybraryman’s Self-Directed Learning Page

Gifted Homeschooler Forum’s Unschooling Blog Hop

A Positive Vision of a Transformed Education

Cybraryman’s Questioning Techniques Page

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Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education

This week’s chat centered on Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education. Although there were many more strategies that could have been discussed, we concentrated on Assessment, Grouping, Differentiation, PBL (Problem/Project-based), Socratic Learning & RtI (Response to Intervention). The transcript can be found here.

Teaching High Ability Students in Your Classroom (video)

Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners (Livebinders) 

Instructional Strategies for the Gifted (Gifted Dev Ctr) (.pdf)

Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students (Intel)

Tips for Teachers: Successful Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners ( @DavidsonGifted )

Gifted & Talented and Differentiation

Gifted Education Strategies: What the Research Says (NAGC)

Texas Performance Standards Project 

Programming Options and Instructional Strategies ( @DukeTIP )

Curriculum & Instructional Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students (Prezi)

Reading Strategies for Advanced Primary Readers (Kingore) (.pdf) 

Response to Intervention and Gifted and Talented Education (.pdf) 

Gifted Instructional Strategies (Prezi) 

Differentiating for High-Ability Learners (Video)

Indiana Program Standards for High Ability Education

Differentiation for High Ability Learners (Slideshare)

Successful Educational Programs & Strategies for High Ability Students (2000/2006)

Providing Curriculum Alternatives to Motivate Gifted Students (1994)

Differentiating Instruction for High Ability and Gifted Students

Lesson Plans & Resources for Teaching Gifted & Talented Students

The Educator’s Guild from @DavidsonGifted

Creative Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners

Two Learning Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students (Slideshare)

Enhancing Instruction for Gifted Students Through Project-Based Learning

The Socratic Method as an Approach to Learning and Its Benefits

The Role of Socratic Questioning in Thinking, Teaching, and Learning

Assessments from Cybraryman1

Differentiated Instruction from Cybraryman1

Teaching Strategies to Educate Gifted Children (Slideshare)

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities

Reading Instruction with Gifted and Talented Readers (.pdf) 

Project-Based Learning from Cybraryman1

Problem-Based Learning (Creative Thinking)  from Cybraryman1

Literacy Strategies for Gifted Learners

Socratic Seminar from Cybraryman1

Reach Every Child

Reading Projects for Gifted and Talented Students

Secondary Gifted and Talented – Classroom Practice (video)

Response to Intervention from Cybraryman1

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom

Maximizing Gifted Students’ Potential in the 21st Century

Mathematically Gifted Students: How Can We Meet Their Needs?

South Carolina Gifted and Talented Best Practices Manual (.pdf)

The Best Practices Manual For Gifted and Talented Programs in Idaho (.pdf)

NAGC Legislative Advocacy Students

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