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)
Homework: The Good and the Bad from @SENG_Gifted
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)
* Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!
“People push so hard for grades. More focus should be on learning, curiosity, and exploring passions; not pushing for A’s.” ~ Krissy Venosdale, elementary teacher of gifted children
On November 16, 2012, #gtchatters discussed the topic, “When Parents Push Too Hard”. The transcript can be found at Storify. Links presented during the chat can be found below.
Participants from 21 states and 5 countries helped to make this a very exciting chat. Questions posed considered whether parents of gifted children can push them too hard and if they do push; why? Of special interest were reports of parents in NYC schools hiring tutors and academic coaches for their preschoolers in hopes of getting them into the city’s limited spaces in the gifted and talented program.
Bright NYC Kids: Gifted & Talented Mock Tests
New York Family: Special Parents Seminar on Gifted Education
Michele Borba: Gifted Children: Are We pushing too hard?
“What’s the Point of School?” Guy Claxton (video)
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids by Christine Fonseca
From Cybraryman1 “Team Claco”