For the second week in a row, #gtchat became a Trending Topic on Twitter from the U.S. and Canada to Australia! Our discussion centered on the why and how of disorganized gifted learners. Participants from 16 states and 6 countries (1st time for China!) chatted about whether being organized was all that important, where to find resources online and the best organizational tips. A full transcript can be found here.
Next week on Friday, April 19th, #gtchat will be LIVE from the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education in Pittsburgh, PA at a special time ~ 3PM EDT/2PM CDT/Noon PDT/8PM UK/ 5AM (Sat) Melbourne, AU. Our guest will be Mr. Jerry Blumengarten, aka @cybraryman1 on Twitter. He will be talking to us about his involvement with #gchat and the transformative power of Twitter in the lives of educators and parents of gifted children. Jerry is a retired teacher who taught in the New York City school system for 32 years. Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s from Hunter College. With over 25,000 followers, he is one of the best known teachers on Twitter. His website, Cybraryman.com, has curated over 20,000 educational links with an extensive page for Gifted & Talented.
This past week, #gtchat partnered with SENG Gifted when it conducted an interview with Dr. James Webb, founder of SENG and president of Great Potential Press, about the Misdiagnosis Initiative. This silent crisis which affects millions of children who are misdiagnosed with mental disorders, but whose gifted characteristics are too often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals. Please take time to read the interview (link below) and share with your friends and organizations in (and outside) the gifted community.
Study Skills/Organization Page for students from @cybraryman1
The Portable Brain (Planners and Task Management) from@ayermish
What Parents Can do to Help Their Children Get Organized from @DavidsonGifted
Gifted & Talented Teacher Toolkit from Texas Education Association
Organizational Skills for Visual-Spatial Learners from @GiftedDevCenter
An interview w/Dr. James Webb of @giftedbooks from #gtchat & @SENG_Gifted on the “Misdiagnosis Initiative”
The Highly Distracted Gifted Child: You Can Help from @PsychToday
Coffee for the Brain (blog)
This week’s chat considered the new Common Core State Standards ~ the good and the not-so-good ~ and what they mean for gifted students. A wide array of opinions were expressed. Many felt that the new standards were just another policy doomed to failure, while others thought it showed promise. There was agreement that how the plan was implemented was critical for any success. A full transcript can be found here.
Global #gtchat would like to thank Mrs. Jo Frietag for her blog post at Sprite’s Site (link below) on our chat. Jo’s blog is in the running for Best Australian Blog 2013. We would also like to thank Edtech Magazine for a nice mention and inclusion in their recent blog post, “A Printable List of the Best Education Hashtags“. Their tweet on Twitter: “You know the hashtag #edtech. But do you know #gtchat? Here’s two-dozen education hashtags every teacher should know!”
News Alert: Look for #gtchat LIVE at the #PAGE13 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, April 19th at a special time @3PM EDT. We apologize that the month was tweeted incorrectly during chat!
Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education from @NAGCGIFTED
FAQs from @NAGCGIFTED about CCSS and Gifted Education
“Using the Common Core State Standards with Gifted Students” (pdf) from @carolyncoil
“Will CCSS Serve Above Standard Students?” from the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
Davidson Database Gifted Issues – Common Core from Davidson Gifted
“Common Core State Standards” from Duke TIP
iPad/iPod Applications for CC from Robeson County teachers 4 Academically Intellectually Gifted
Real Life Math & Other Enrichment Activities from Elvira G. Deyamport, Ed.S.
Cybraryman’s Common Core Page
Cybraryman’s Common Core Math Page