Talk about a hot topic! This week’s chat was already in full swing before the moderator even arrived! Radical Acceleration and Early College Entrance elicited strong emotions from both teachers and parents. This week’s guest, Madeline Goodwin (see blog post below) was quite articulate in her portrayal of experiences she had in college … beginning at the age of 13. Now a recent grad, Madeline has her sights set on graduate school in the fall.
Madeline was joined at the chat by her mother, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, to share the experience from a parent’s point of view. Many of her comments help put concerns of other parents in perspective and were well received by those at the chat. A full transcript may be found here.
We learned that Madeline was entirely homeschooled prior to entering college. This allowed her to progress at her own speed without concern from schools about her social development. It also made it easier to access and connect with experts in areas of study in which she was interested. It afforded her the opportunity to associate with people on her intellectual level who had shared interests.
What curriculum did the Goodwin’s use to homeschool? Corin summed it up with this comment,
“We were pretty eclectic. I brought out the workbooks and I faced a mutiny, so we did other stuff. Like visiting 56 National Parks!”
It was interesting to note that college wasn’t smooth sailing all the time; but not for the reasons one might expect. Even at the collegiate level, Madeline did not always feel challenged. At times, her young age made it difficult to socialize with older students and of course … she couldn’t even drive yet!
Regrets? None so far according to Madeline. “Academically, college was exactly what I needed, no regrets. Learned a lot, including about work ethic & study habits. College had clubs that I joined and I went to an alternative prom earlier this year!” She credited her family for helping to make the experience a positive one, ” Definitely had lots of support,guidance, and scaffolding from my mother, and patience from my brother who got dragged along!”
In the final analysis, it was agreed that the decision to accelerate is a very personal one that needs to be made by the student in consultation with their parents. It certainly is not for everyone; but it was the right one for Madeline!
Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZDT/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.
About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered byTAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: email@example.com
Livebinder from Leslie Graves
Academic Acceleration at Hoagies Gifted Education Page
“College @ 13 Young, Gifted, and Purposeful” from Great Potential Press
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page
* Photo courtesy of Pixabay
For the last chat of the year, our topic was All Kinds of Gifted. This included gifted, highly gifted, profoundly gifted, twice-exceptional, minority and low-ses. Throughout the chat, it was emphasized that educators need to recognize and understand that giftedness comes in many different forms. A full transcript may be found here.
The difference between gifted and high-achievers was discussed. A common misconception is that these terms are inter-changeable which greatly affects the approach many teachers take to gifted education to the detriment of all gifted students.
I’d like to take a moment to thank all our readers here at #gtchat’s blog. I encourage you to join us on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT. Our topic will be, “2014 The Year Ahead” and I plan to use crowd-sourcing to determine the future of #gtchat. This will be your opportunity to tell me what you like and what you would like to see changed.
Until then, may you all enjoy a joyous holiday season and very Happy New Year!
Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds from @SENG_Gifted
Profiles of the Gifted and Talented from @DavidsonGifted
Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children from @GiftedHF
Cultivating a Gifted Mind from @giftedbooks
What We Have Learned About Gifted Children from @GiftedDevCenter
12 Lists of Characteristics of Gifted Students from @ByrdseedGifted
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.
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.
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)
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 @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 @Create_Miracles ~ Artisan of Creative Miracles Blog
From @GiftedHF ~ Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
From @TheHeadKnuckle ~ Creativity 2.0 Blog
Pics from the Conference:
Angie French, Stacia Taylor and Jen Martin
Ian Byrd from Byrdseed Gifted
Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist for American Mensa
Dr. Jim Webb, Great Potential Press
Michelle Swain, Past-President of TAGT and Dr. Lynette Breedlove. outgoing TAGT President
TAGT Awards Ceremony
Stacia Taylor, Parent of the Gifted Gulf Coast Area 2012
Founder, Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted
Tracy Fisher, TAGT State Parent of the Gifted 2012
Thanks to TAGT for a ‘Room With a View’ ~ Dallas, Texas