A lively discussion was engaged in during this week’s chat. I’m hopeful that new light was shed on unschooling and the philosophy behind it. Participants included people from 16 states and 7 countries proving that this was a topic with global appeal. Although we chatted about unschooling in general, we also discussed why unschooling and homeschooling are so attractive to parents of gifted children. Mika Gustavson of Gifted Matters described unschooling as “Child-led learning; life-relevant learning; relevant-to-the-child learning.” A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
Two announcements were made during gtchat this past week. First, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented will be powering our chat for the upcoming year. Many thanks to the folks at Texas Gifted, the Board of Directors and to J.J. Colburn, Executive Director for all they do and for their contribution to continuing the conversation within the global gifted community. Second, on June 7th at 7PM ET, #gtchat is pleased to welcome our first teen guest, Ms. Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, CEO of @OrigamiSalami1. We will spotlight Calista in an upcoming blog post!
Once again, #gtchat became a trending topic on Twitter. Our thanks to all the great contributors who attend chat each week and provide such a strong presence on Twitter. We couldn’t do it without you!
Gifted Homeschooler Forum’s Unschooling Blog Hop
In this chat, we discussed the issues surrounding the task of finding appropriate reading material for gifted children. Questions prompted participants to consider bibliotherapy and how reading selections can promote intellectual development and higher order thinking skills. A full transcript can be found here.
Reading Lists for Your Gifted Child from @HoagiesGifted
Read All About It: Using Bibliotherapy with Gifted Children from Round Rock ISD
Seney’s Literature for Gifted Young Adults Thanks to @HoagiesGifted
A Unique Reading List for Gifted Students in Grades 6 – 12 via @HoagiesGifted
Stephanie Tolan’s Lists of Books and Plays via @HoagiesGifted
Cybraryman’s Socratic Seminar
Psychology or Philosophy for Kids from Debbie Smith
Reading Lists from Jo Freitag’s Gifted Resources
Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers (book ~ Amazon)