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A Multi-Talent’s Growth with Dr. Edith Johnston

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Dr. Edith Johnston joined #gtchat to discuss her work and philosophy on ‘multi-talents’; those individuals with high abilities in several areas. Dr. Johnston’s focus is with those who are not expressing at their desired or needed level. It was noted that multi-talents often feel they are different, but don’t always know why. In response to these feelings, they may hide their talents.

Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome, self-medication, dropping out, hiding are all possible consequences for multi-talents who do not understand their own feelings. They often do not ‘learn how to learn’ and this can create conflicts in their adult lives. Dr. Johnston’s advice includes: set mastery as the goal, not perfection; challenge oneself to gain more skill and expand your talent;  and increase self-awareness. A full transcript may be found on this blog.


Dr. Johnston’s website, “How to in Life

Dr. Johnston at An Intense Life from @chrstinef

Gifted for Life from @SoniaDabboussi

My Gifted Life

Kulpers & Van Kempen (Supporting Extra Intelligent People & Their Environment)

Dr. Johnston’s blog

Multi-talents MIA | Beyond Mediocrity (Audio Program) by Dr. Edith Johnston

A Myriad of Ideas: Personal Development for Multi-Talented Individuals (book) by Dr. Edith Johnston

Discovering the Intensity of Brilliance | A Mandala Journey (book) by Dr. Edith Johnston

Cybraryman’s Multiple Intelligences – Multipotentiality Page

Multiple Intelligences in Education

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence 

Multipotentiality from @thethinkteacher

#gtchat: Special Guest, Ian Byrd

Last week, #gtchat welcomed special guest, Ian Byrd. Ian is a former gifted classroom teacher, nationally known speaker and author of the popular website and companion newsletter, Byrdseed Gifted. topics discussed included differentiation (“It’s not “differentiation” to ask gifted kids to help other students or read a book when they’re finished.), how to effectively teach writing skills to gifted learners, inspiring advanced mathematics learners and meeting social-emotional needs in public schools today. A link to the transcript on Storify can be found here.


About Byrdseed Gifted

Ian’s Website, Byrdseed Gifted 

Ian’s Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Subscribe to Ian’s Newsletter

Improve Your Gifted Classroom from Ian Byrd

The Differentiator

Five Unexpected Traits of Gifted Students

Graphing Characters

Sensitivity in Gifted Kids

Differentiating Comprehension Skills

The Curious Case of Imposter Syndrome  

Cybraryman’s Passion-Based Learning Page

Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction Page

Cybraryman’s Scaffolding Page

Integrating Character Analysis with Social-Emotional Needs

From @HoagiesGifted “Books for Children, Featuring Gifted Children

3 Books with Gifted Female Main Characters

7 More Gifted Female Protagonists

The Flip Book (e-book)

The Flip Book, Too (e-book)

Making Well-Formed Judgments in Science

Creating in Science

Curiosity Fridays

Introducing Depth and Complexity

To Show or Not to Show (Work)

Inductive Learning in Math

Topic: Games

TAGT ’12

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