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Discipline and the Gifted Child

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Discipline can be a delicate subject when it involves gifted children. This week at #gtchat we tackled this topic as it related to both parents and teachers. With regard to the difficulty faced by adults when considering discipline, it was agreed that it was more about perspective than how hard it was to accomplish. It should be considered behavior development rather than punishment. Trying to force or coerce a gifted child to do what you want, doesn’t work. Building a relationship built on respect does.

Emotional intensities paired with intellect play a large role when deciding about discipline. A gifted child seeks to deeply understand the world around them and this can lead to perceived misbehavior by others. Oftentimes, simply recognizing when a child shows restraint in displaying appropriate behavior in social settings can add perspective.

Asynchronous development also plays a role. The reasoning and verbal skills of very young gifted can lead to the need to incorporate patience with discipline. Being ‘many ages at once’ can influence behavior in gifted children that may be imperceptible to others.

Preventing discipline problems in the classroom was discussed as well. Problems fade in the classroom when students are placed with intellectual peers and challenged appropriately. Students placed with a teacher who enjoys teaching gifted & learning with them rarely develop discipline problems. (Delisle) When teachers understand how gifted students learn, they can develop a mutually beneficial relationship and respect grows. A full transcript may be found here.

 

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 NZ/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.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT 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: gtchatmod@gmail.com

 

Links:

How (Not) to Argue with Gifted Children

Positive Discipline for Gifted Children

Positive Discipline: Flip Your Lid (YouTube)

Positive Discipline Guidelines (pdf)

Considerations and Strategies for Parenting the Gifted Child (pdf)

Disciplining Gifted Children

Four Ways to Reduce Behavior Problems from Byrdseed Gifted

Disciplining the Gifted Child Should Be All about Training & Teaching, Not Judging & Punishing

Discipline, A Must for Gifted Kids

Discipline and Your Intense Child

Disciplining the Sensitive Child from Dr. Dan Peters

Growing Up Gifted by Barbara Clark

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Christine Fonseca

 

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“Do Gifted Learners Think Differently?”

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

– Mary Pettibone Poole (via Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1)

This week #gtchat was inspiring as well as engaging. We had an extraordinary mix of participants from 20 states and 8 countries. It was a topic that evoked strong emotions on the part of those who attended the chat. Beyond discussing whether gifted learners think differently, we also responded to Seth Godin’s recent post (link below) on his contention that ‘gifted’ is something you can become ~ a belief strongly contested by those in attendance.

The original article upon which this topic was based was “Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers” by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide (link below) in 2004. In the article, the Eides discuss insights being revealed about gifted thinkers from functional brain magnetic resonance imaging. fMRIs show “bright red blazes of high metabolic activity [bursting] out all over the scan.” The implications of these scans are that young gifted thinkers who “are rarely one-mode thinkers” often “go awry, and why organization should be an essential aspect of gifted education.”  The article also discusses the benefits ~ “more vivid images, prodigious memory, greater fund of knowledge, more frequent and varied associations, and greater analytic ability” ~ as well as the drawbacks ~ “sensory, emotional and memory overload, sensory hypersensitivities, personal disorganization, sensory distractibility, delayed processing due to ‘analysis paralysis’ (or getting ‘lost in thought’ due to an excess of options), and mental fatigue.”

It should be noted that this chat session had the most favorited tweets and retweets in recent history! A transcript of this chat can be found here. We invite you to ‘like’ our Facebook page here to find all the latest news and links about #gtchat.

Links:

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds

How Do You Know If Your Child Is Gifted?

Learning Characteristics of Gifted Students: Implications for Instruction & Guidance

Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers

Mosaics of Minds: Why Do Gifted People Seem So Weird?

11 Tips for Teachers of the Gifted and Talented

Dealing with Problems of Some Gifted Children 

Psycho-Social Needs: Understanding the Emotional, Intellectual & Social Uniqueness of Growing Up Gifted 

Keynote Address at the “Eleventh World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children”

What Is This Gifted Thing Anyway? From @DavidsonGifted

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Get About “Gifted” from@redwhiteandgrew

Actually, Mr. Godin, We ARE Born This Way from @laughingatchaos

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @Susannewith5

Actually, It Goes Both Ways from @Lisa_Rivero

Gifted Is About the Starting Point from @MamaChicks

If Only You were Right, Seth, But … from @loveyboyos

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People from @jofrei

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People 2 from @jofrei

Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted

Gifted Children: Are Their Gifts Being Identified, Encouraged, or Ignored?

Gifted children: Emotionally immature or emotionally intense? From @DavidsonGifted

What is giftedness?

Think Different commercial from Apple

How being gifted means being different

Cybraryman’s How To page ~ “How to peel a banana”

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker

Cybraryman’s Multiple Intelligences page

Cybraryman’s Differentiated Instruction page

Experience and Processing The Funnel and Cylinder Analogy of Giftedness

Intensive Reasoning Training Alters Patterns of Brain Connectivity at Rest (Abstract)

On Giftedness and Feeling Socially Mystified from @LesLinks

Gifted Education: It’s Not What People Think

Differentiation

Smarte Barn from @jtbakler

G&T Education from @LesLinks

On Giftedness and Fittedness from @LesLinks

Fostering Parent Awareness and Creating Community

Fostering Parent Awareness was a spirited chat with parents and educators sharing their experiences with raising parent awareness in their respective schools. This chat ranks as the 2nd most in tweets and participants since March 2012 when TAGT became the primary force behind #gtchat. Activity prior to and after the chat were at near all-time highs as well. A full transcript may be found here.

We at #gtchat sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide an outlet for the gifted community to network and discuss relevant topics each week. Several milestones in terms of statistics were achieved this week including over 1,000 followers on Twitter for @gtchatmod, over 200 ‘Likes’ on our new Facebook page and nearly 3,000 pageviews here on our blog! Our original mandate to ‘build bridges’ within the gifted community is being realized each and every day!

During the 24 hours including this week’s chat, over 100 participants posted tweets from 25 states in the U.S. and from 12 countries. It is exciting to see the ‘global’ reach of our chat. This week, we will be announcing the addition of a second chat during the week that will be at a more convenient time for those in the UK, EU and Pacific Rim. Follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest news. If you have wanted to join chat, but were hesitant on how to participate; visit our page on the TAGT website to learn more.

Links from chat:

Appropriate Expectations for the Gifted Child (DeVries)

Considerations and Strategies for Parenting the Gifted Child

Parent Perceptions of Preadolescent Giftedness and Self Concept

Gifted Child In the Family: Early Detection of Giftedness (.pdf)

Gifted Education: More than Just an IQ Score Advice for Parents

The Moral Sensitivity of Gifted Children and the Evolution of Society (SENG)

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds (SENG)

Tips for Parents: Self-concept and Self-esteem Regarding Gifted Learners (from @DavidsonGifted )

Tips for Parents: The Real World of Gifted Teens (from @DavidsonGifted )

Resource Guide for Parents and Educators of Gifted Learners (.pdf)

Goodness of Fit: The Challenge of Parenting Gifted Children

“Pushy Parents”…Bad Rap or Necessary Role?

Parents’ Conceptions of Giftedness from @HoagiesGifted

The Effects of Participating in Gifted Programs Extend Beyond Academics from @DukeTIP

Time Spent Outside the Classroom @DukeTIP

Cybraryman’s GT Page   

Not More. Different from Venspired    

CSI: Challenging Scientific Investigations (blog)

Cybraryan’s Parenting Gifted Students

Livebinder: Apps for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Living the Life Fantastic Gifted News and Resources

Using Social Media to Advocate for the Gifted

Jo Freitag’s Gifted Resources

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Equity in Gifted/Talented (GT) Education

Laughing at Chaos (blog) 

Top 5 TED Talks for Parents of Gifted Kids  from IEA Gifted 

Giftedness and the Kaleidoscope of Colours … One Parent Looks Back from Innreach’s Blog

What Schools Need: Vigor Instead of Rigor

#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.

Links:

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

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