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Twice-Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences

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LIVE from Houston, Texas! Global #gtchat was excited to be at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference where we debuted the new brochure from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Twice-Exceptional Learners. It was a perfect match with sentiments shared in the Conference Keynote by Dr. Temple Grandin. A full transcript may be found here.

It’s always an exhilarating experience to participate in a Twitter chat with a live audience and this was no exception. Many thanks goes out to those who came to help the folks who were new to chat. Check out the pictures below!

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Jeffrey Farley, Mary Lovell and Tracy Fisher

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Carolyn Coil

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Krissy Venosdale, Angie French, Lisa Conrad and Stacia Taylor

Special thanks to Corin Goodwin and her staff from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum for going the extra mile to make this a very special and informative chat. Global #gtchat appreciates the collaborative relationship that has developed between our two organizations. Support of gifted children and their unique needs is definitely a community effort.

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Promotional Materials Courtesy of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum


Twice Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences” brochure from @GiftedHF (pdf)

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (website) from @GiftedHF

GHF Press from @GiftedHF

Beating the Odds: An Interview with Temple Grandin” (pdf) TEMPO Magazine

Brief Summary ~ Dr. Temple Grandin Keynote TAGT 2013

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed” (book – bn) Dr. Temple Grandin

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (website)

TAGT Annual Conference 2014 in Fort Worth

Legacy Book Award Winners 2013 from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Gifted & Twice Exceptional Kids: An Interview with Corin Goodwin & Mika Gustavson’ 

Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund (website)

ASD & Giftedness: Twice Exceptionality on the Autistic Spectrum

Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks‘” An Interview with Temple Grandin

Gifted Children with Learning Challenges (Twice Exceptional)

Raising My Twice-Exceptional Children… Not What I Signed Up For!

Developing Social Thinking in the Twice-exceptional (2e) Learner through Improvisational Play

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused with Mental Disorder

Stuck, Stubborn and Always Right? Changing Patterns of Rigid Thinking

The Paradox of Giftedness:  When Potential Doesn’t Necessarily Predict Performance

Executive Functioning at Home and School” by @ayermish via @DavidsonGifted

What happens when students don’t have good executive functioning skills?

Interview with Dr. Joyce Juntune

Joyce Juntune

We are please to share our interview with Dr. Joyce Juntune who will be the Keynote speaker at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Dr. Juntune is an Instructional Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Texas A & M University.

Moderator: Dr. Juntune, could you tell our readers about your background in gifted education?

Dr. Juntune: I started out in gifted education as a cluster teacher in Minnesota.  I was teaching when the first federal law was written concerning gifted education. I had attended a workshop on gifted education when I was teaching in California, but nothing was ever mentioned about gifted again until I returned to Minnesota.

Moderator: This week, you will be keynoting at the Opening Session of TAGT 2013 on Thursday. What will you be speaking about?

Dr. Juntune: I will be addressing the challenges ahead for gifted education. Yes—we have succeeded in getting laws concerning gifted education passed in every state—AND we have educators in every district who advocate for gifted students—BUT we have started to become complacent about what gifted students really need.  The existence of programs for gifted students has made us comfortable instead of being the catalyst for designing what is really needed for the gifted.

Moderator: One of your presentations at the conference will be, “Finding and Serving Gifted Students Raised in Poverty”. Can you tell us one way a school can identify gifted students from low-SES communities?

Dr. Juntune: In order to identify gifted students from poverty—a school district needs to understand how poverty impacts the development of intelligence.  We need to look for students with potential for intellectual development and then design programs so they develop the intellectual skills they need for academic success.

Moderator: What advice do you have for parents struggling with financial concerns to help their gifted children succeed in school and life?

Dr. Juntune: Many of us came (including myself) from limited economic backgrounds.  I took advantage of every grant and work opportunity I could find.  There are more options available today—high ability students can often get full or partial scholarships, some students work to get a scholarship in an area of talent (music, athletics, etc.), dual-enrollment during high school means a student can enter college with at least a year or more already completed, some attend a local (more inexpensive) community college for their first two years and then transfer to a major university.

Moderator: What changes can teachers make to their classrooms to assist students from poverty to build academic success?

Dr. Juntune: First and foremost is to help them build academic vocabulary and their level of verbal communication. These areas are basic to building academic literacy. Talk—talk—talk about the content.

We at Global #gtchat would like to thank Dr. Juntune for taking time from her busy schedule to chat with us. If you are going to this year’s conference, you can hear Dr. Juntune on Thursday at 8:30 AM in the General Assembly Theater at the GRB Convention Center in Houston to speak on “Time for a ‘Provolution’ (Proactive Revolution) in Gifted Education”. 


Dr. Joyce Juntune  “Creativity in Education” TEDx The Woodlands 2011

What You Value, You Will Get! (in Education and Training) (pdf) by Joyce E. Juntune

Dr. Joyce Juntune Suggested Readings

Conquering Cognitive Weariness with Guest, Lisa Van Gemert

Lisa Van Gemert

Always a conference favorite, Lisa Van Gemert joined us to talk about cognitive weariness, aka ‘boredom’ in the classroom. Lisa, the Gifted Guru, is the Gifted Youth Specialist for American Mensa. Their new Twitter handle is @MensaGT.

So, how exactly does Lisa define ‘cognitive weariness’? “Cognitive weariness is like the French ennui – existential boredom – specifically with regard to school work. Cognitive weariness hits when we have what one researcher called the “shriek of unused capacities.” The gifted are more prone to cognitive weariness because boredom is a root cause, and they are so often bored.”

When asked “What strategies can teachers use to counteract boredom?”, Lisa was prepared with a fantastic list of strategies. #1 Decrease predictability. Don’t run the class in the same pattern every day. #2 Decrease monotony. Don’t do the same thing for very long – no more than fifteen minutes, even in high school. #3 Increase choice. Feelings of confinement lead to boredom, and mental confinement counts, too. #4 Decrease distractions. That kid’s tapping pencil is increasing boredom in other kids. Little known, but true. #5 Accurately and consistently match ability with work level. Goldilocks the work. A full transcript may be found here.

You can find Lisa Van Gemert at TAGT 2013 in Houston, December 4th to 6th. She’s speaking with Brian Housand Thursday at 10:30 AM, Thursday at 12:15 PM and twice on Friday. All of her presentations are ‘not to be missed’.


Lisa Van Gemert’s  @gifted_guru Website ‘Gifted Guru

Lisa Van Gemert’s presentations on Slideshare

Lisa Van Gemert Gifted Youth Specialist @AmericanMensa

Lisa Van Gemert’s Pinterest Page 

Living on Edge of Chaos Podcast Ep 5 Chat w/Lisa Van Gemert from @coffeechugbooks

Lit From Within: Motivation and the Gifted Learner’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Beyond Boredom (understanding and conquering the ‘b’ word)’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Differentiation in the GT Classroom’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Creativity Prescription’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Perfection{ism} An Occupational Hazard of Giftedness’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Gift of Self’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Gifted Overview’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

Grouping without Fear’ from @gifted_guru on Slideshare

The Five-Headed Dragon – Threats to Giftedness’ (pdf) from @gifted_guru

Heart Over Head: Emotional Intelligence and the Gifted Learner” from @gifted_guru on Prezi

Deliberate Excellence: The Power of Effective Classrooms” from @gifted_guru on Prezi

Cybraryman’s MakerEd Page

Cybraryman’s GeniusHour Page 

Flipsnack ~ A place for showcasing student work

Rethinking Structure in the Gifted Classroom with Guest, David Sebek

David Sebek


David Sebek, middle school ELA teacher of the Fort Bend ISD, was our guest this week to discuss ‘Rethinking Structure in the Gifted Classroom’. He was TAGT’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. This proved to be a popular topic with many new participants and attendees from 25 states and 5 countries. A full transcript may be found here.

David started with the premise ~ Are we a teaching school or learning school? (Attributed to @ThatIanGilbert ). He continued by saying, “We should shift our paradigms to Future Proofing the Students. A basic premise we use is Reverse the Role of the Learner: Dependent, Passive Consumer to an Independent, Active Producer. ”


David Sebek’s Blog Creativity 2.0

Flipping the Classroom (pic) Dr. Brian Housand

Flipped, Wired, Gone: Is There Space for the Classroom in the Twenty-First Century?

What the Heck Is a Flipped Classroom? from GingerLewman

David Sebek ~ “2011 TAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Year

David Sebek’s Livebinder

David Sebek’s Public Library on Diigo

David Sebek’s Emodo Page

A 6-Step Process for Adding Gamification to Your Classroom

Start the Year with Themes & Generalizations from Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

TED Talks: Ramsey Musallam ~ 3 Rules to Spark Learning

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Belle Wallace on Gifted Education, Part 4: Teaching Problem-Solving and Thinking Skills

Learning Styles & Retention – How Best to Engage?

Scaffolding in Education A Template for Deeper Learning

Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve got Google? (book – Amazon)

Changing Education Paradigms’ with Sir Ken Robinson (You Tube)

Cybraryman’s Makerspaces Page

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Cybraryman’s Learning from Mistakes Page

David Sebek’s ‘A Hero’s Journey’ on YouTube

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