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Global #gtchat ~ The Year Ahead

On Friday, January 4th, #gtchat had their first chat of 2013. The purpose of this chat was to crowd-source ideas for what people wanted to talk about in the new year. A transcript of the chat can be found here.

Questions posed during the chat included whether or not chat participants utilized the weekly poll on possible topics. The results were mixed with most people stating that they generally liked all the topics which made it difficult to vote. Additional questions asked what people want to chat about, who they would like to see as guests and did they think ‘adult giftedness’ was an appropriate subject for discussion. There appeared to be strong support for this last question.

A sampling of requested topics:

Twice-exceptional (2e) issues, book lists for gifted learners, emotional intensity, support for parents, curriculum and teaching strategies, building a gifted PLN, work/family/ personal balance, creativity, how to support gt in regular classroom, parents connecting, gifted marriage, neuroscience in education, asynchronous development, preteen/teens, homeschooling, misdiagnosis, global approaches to gifted education, gifted kids and dating, and relationships between gifted and non-gifted.

A sampling of requested guests:

Dr. Linda Silverman, Patty Gatto-Walden, Dan Peters, Susan Daniels, Lisa Van Gemert, Lisa Erickson, Joyce Juntune, Arne Duncan, Mika Gustavson, Pamela Price, Joy Davis, Rosina Gallagher, Jonathan L Wai, Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Kottmeyer of Hoagies Gifted, Marcia Gentry and Edith Johnston.

It was announced that upcoming guests include Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum; Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee, authors of the upcoming book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create (GHF Press); Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, author of Bright, Talented & Black ; and Dr. George Betts, developer of the Autonomous Learners Model.

#gtchat at TAGT Annual Conference 2012

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Global #gtchat was live at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Dallas on November 30th. Our topic was “Building Connections with #gtchat”. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, presented two sessions on Twitter and a pre-chat for conference attendees. Following chat, we enjoyed a Tweet-Up with longtime friends of #gtchat and new followers.

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Special thanks goes to Executive Director, J.J. Colburn; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg; Executive Assistant/Meetings Coordinator, Lisa Varner; Business Development Manager, Keri Kelley;  Member Services Coordinator, Casey Martinez; and Past-President of TAGT, Dr. Lynette Breedlove for all their long hours spent bringing together an incredible conference.

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Dr. Lynette Breedlove and J.J. Colburn

Comments from the chat tell the story:

“I get the support I lack IRL (in real life) here (#gtchat).” @MamaChicks (WA)

“#gtchat provides me an outlet to the world on gifted issues.” @teachagiftedkid (TX)

“Am very impressed with all the learning and inspiration I do and get through Twitter.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“It (#gtchat) allows me to continue my professional growth outside of the mandated PD that usually does not meet me needs.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“I love keeping up with other session at conferences via the Twitter feed. It maximizes the experience and I feel like I’m not missing anything.” @smswain (TX)

“I use Twitter to connect, to explore and it is more uplifting than fb (Facebook). I mine it for gold.” @gifted_guru (TX)

“Twitter is a filter for me, helping me see what articles & resources I need to check out what someone else recommends.” @atxteacher (TX)

“Thanks to #gtchat I opened my eyes to see who is whom in gifted education community worldwide.” @Begabungs (global)

“I love the ‘internationality’ of #gtchat.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“My lessons how have a flavor from teachers all over the world. I have changed so much of my teaching by learning from #gtchat.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“It’s (#gtchat) made me question some of my preconceptions – and reinforced some others, including the diversity amongst gifted learners.” @GiftedPhoenix (UK)

“One day all Gifted Kids will remember us as pioneers on social media to support them globally.” @Begabungs (global)

Links:

Transcript from this chat

January 2010, In the beginning with @DeborahMersino

January 2012, @DeborahMersino bids farewell to #gtchat

March 2012, #TAGT becomes sole sponsor of Global #gtchat

From @HoagiesGifted ~ Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page

From @Begabungs ~ Global Virtual Meeting for #Gifted Education in Second Life

From @Begabungs ~ Global Center for Gifted & Talented Children

From @LesLinks ~ Innreach’s Blog

From @GiftedPhoenix ~ Gifted Phoenix’s Blog

From @TxParentingPG ~ A Meandering Journey Blog 

From @ktvee ~ Venspired Blog 

From @MaryStGeorge ~ Creating Curriculum Blog 

From @cybraryman1 ~ Cybraryman‘s portal site for education/gifted education

From @laughingatchaos ~ Laughing at Chaos Blog & her book, If This is a Gift

From @jofrei ~ Gifted Resources Website (Australia)

From @Susannewith5 ~ Building Wing Span Blog 

From @MamaChicks  ~ Life With Intensity Blog 

From @teachagiftedkid ~Teach a Gifted Kid Website  

From @ljconrad ~ Gifted Parenting Support Blog

From @bf4brainy ~ her FB group, The Brain Café  & Sr Editor at The Creativity Post

From @Create_Miracles ~ Artisan of Creative Miracles Blog 

From @GiftedHF ~ Gifted Homeschoolers Forum 

From @jenmartin ~ Teach from the Heart Blog 

From @TheHeadKnuckle ~ Creativity 2.0 Blog

Pics from the Conference:

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Angie French, Stacia Taylor and Jen Martin

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Ian Byrd from Byrdseed Gifted

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Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist for American Mensa

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Dr. Jim Webb, Great Potential Press

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Michelle Swain, Past-President of TAGT and Dr. Lynette Breedlove. outgoing TAGT President

TAGT Awards Ceremony

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Stacia Taylor, Parent of the Gifted Gulf Coast Area 2012

Founder, Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

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Tracy Fisher, TAGT State Parent of the Gifted 2012

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Thanks to TAGT for a ‘Room With a View’ ~ Dallas, Texas

#gtchat:Special Guest, Lisa Van Gemert

Our most recent guest on #gtchat was Lisa Van Gemert, nationally recognized speaker on gifted education, provider of professional development for teachers and Gifted Youth Specialist for American Mensa.

A former gifted student herself, Lisa’s background has included teacher and administrator as well as parent. In her own words, “So many GT educators are GT themselves … I think it’s what makes parents of GT kids so passionate, too. We all have post-traumatic gifted kid disorder.”

Lisa pointed out that the importance of professional development for teachers of gifted learners lies in the fact that, “Many teachers are expected to teach kids who are learning foreigners to them.” In response to concerns raised in teacher/parent trainings, she wrote her ‘Stealth Giftedness’ Series. (Link below)

Lisa will be conducting 3 presentations at this year’s TAGT ’12 Professional Development Conference in Dallas, November 28 – 30. They include “Deliberate Excellence and the Creative Prescription”, “Addressing the Triple Threat: Perfectionism, Lack of Internal Motivation and Boredom” (excerpt: “A GT child going to school day after day learning nothing is not boredom – it’s cognitive abuse.”) and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Tapping into the Power of Your Memory”. (A link to the conference registration can be found below.)

Interested in reading the full transcript from this chat? It can be found here. Want to check out all the links tweeted out during the chat? See below. Thinking you shouldn’t miss the next #gtchat on Twitter? Join us each Friday at 7PM ET/6PM CT for the best hour on Twitter for educators and parents of gifted children; and gifted adults as well. Be sure to follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest news on #gtchat. We are the pulse of the gifted community!

Links:

Lisa’s website

Lisa’s blog, Gifted Guru

Lisa, Gifted Youth Specialist at American Mensa

Lisa on Pinterest

From @gifted_guru Stealth Giftedness

American Mensa for Youth

From @cybraryman1 Motivation and Student Engagement Page

From @gifted_guru Perfectionism Presentation

From @cvalvarez Profiles of the Gifted & Talented

TAGT 2012 Conference

Habits of Mind

 

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