“How much does a teacher’s attitude about giftedness affect their teaching of gifted students?” was the first question we considered in this chat. There seemed to be general agreement that it plays a major role in meeting or not meeting the needs of identified gifted learners. The moderator pointed out that gifted students are the ‘group’ of students making the least progress among all groups and that teachers and administrators needed to be made aware of this fact. It was also pointed out that teacher attitude towards gifted children is responsible for a great deal of friction with parents.
A lesser known issue was discussed concerning the interaction between teachers of gifted students and the rest of the faculty. Too often gifted teachers feel isolated. Teachers in Pull-Out Programs may have little interaction with faculty or staff. Negative attitudes based on misplaced views of gifted students spill over into school policy which also affects them.
Suggestions on how to improve the situation included more courses for pre-service teachers in gifted education at the undergraduate level, gifted certification for any teacher involved in teaching gifted students, providing information about giftedness to general education teachers and on-going professional development in gifted education. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
Teaching Strategies to Educate Gifted Children (Slideshare)
Journal of the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children Aug/Dec 2011 (pdf) (multiple articles)
Pygmalion Effect (Wikipedia)
During this chat, we discussed what constitutes 21st century learning; content or skills. With access to the Internet putting content at the fingertips of students, it seemed that education may need to change direction. Ultimately, it was agreed that a balance needs to be found between teaching basic information and skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. A transcript may be found here.
Philippines ~ “Coherence & Knowledge in Basic Education”
A Framework for Teachable Collaborative Problem Solving Skills (Draft Only – pdf)
On January 25, 2013, Global #gtchat was pleased to host special guests and authors, Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged. Their soon-to-be published book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create, from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was the topic for discussion. It was announced by Corin Goodwin, Executive Director at GHF, that the book would be released on February 18th. It will be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a book and also in Kindle and Nook formats. Participants joined us from 14 states and 5 countries! A full transcript can be found at Storify.
Post Script ~ Global #gtchat celebrated its 3rd Birthday on January 22, 2010! Take a look at the transcript from the 2nd chat on the very first day here. Special thanks to Deborah Mersino for having the foresight to start our chat!
Engaging Educators website
Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series from GHF Press
More about Ben and Neil at the Engaging Educators Blog
Engaging Educators Blog
Engaging Educators on Facebook
Engaging Educators on Pinterest
Engaging Education: 2013′s Hottest Trend?
Regional Connections: 2013′s Other Hottest Trend?
Going Global: How to Connect Your Classroom to Schools Around the World
Videos from Engaging Educators
Cybraryman’s ISTE Page
Cybraryman’s Google Docs Page
Cybraryman’s Google Hangouts