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Curbing the Homework Battles with High Ability Kids

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It’s no secret to parents of gifted kids that they often do not like or even feel the need to do homework and what may start as a simple assignment can quickly escalate to a full blown battle. Assessing the value of homework represents a great divide in education; expectations are rarely met. The purpose of homework is usually to reinforce lessons learned in class, but is this necessary for high-ability kids?

The effects of homework for our youngest students are unproven. Many believe time could be better spent in play and socialization activities. Homework may be more valuable at the secondary level for students considering higher education or to learn better work habits.

Socio-economic status can have a profound effect on the benefits of homework; many students must work and not all families have access to resources, such as Internet access at home, necessary to complete homework assignments.

Many believe that homework aids in student achievement. There are, however, many factors involved in  realizing value from homework ~ i.e., subject matter, student ability. The quality of the homework assigned and an individual student’s needs affect the beneficial aspects of homework.

Should high ability students be required to do homework? Redundant, busy work provides few benefits to these students. They tend to work well independently in areas of interest. Meaningful, challenging work would provide greater benefits. High-ability students are often overloaded with homework; and experience high levels of stress, anxiety, health problems, and feelings of alienation.

Teachers can offer alternatives to homework. Younger students need to be actively engaged in ‘play’ time. Older students should be allowed to pursue passions so that they will be motivated to work outside classroom.

Homework is probably here to stay for the immediate future but educators are definitely taking a second look at when and what type of homework to give. A transcript of this chat may be found on our Storify page.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 13.00 NZDT/11.00 AEDT/1.00 UK  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 Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About 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:



Homework or Play?

Homework: is it worth the hassle?

The question of homework: Should our kids have it at all?

31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children (pdf)

What Research Says about the Value of Homework: Research Review

When Homework Is Useless

Down with Homework: Teacher’s Viral Note Tells Of Growing Attitude

Homework Hardships

Parents in Spain go on Homework Strike

3 Scary Ways Homework Is Harming Your Family’s Health

Are Young Kids Doing Too Much Homework?

The Value of Homework

The Homework Gap: The ‘Cruelest Part of the Digital Divide’

Millions of Children Can’t Do Their Homework because They Don’t have Access to Broadband Internet

A New Program and a New Approach to Homework

Sprite’s Site: Sprite on the Subject of Homework!

Cybraryman’s The Homework Debate Page

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz to Find Out C BY-NC-SA 2.0

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Can Personalized Education Be Achieved in Public Schools?

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Photo: Courtesy of MorgueFile 

In our inaugural chat on a Sunday, we discussed whether or not personalized education could ever be achieved in public schools. Questions considered included what exactly personalized education was, barriers to it being implemented, the role of the teacher and technology, and what could be learned from homeschoolers. A full transcript can be found here.

Due to the time change, many more participants from the UK and EU were able to join the chat. It was decided that going forward we will be holding at least one chat a month on Sunday.


Hybrid Learning’s Promise for Personalized Education

The Promise of Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, Big Data and Schools fromEdutopia

A Personalized Future for Education

Personalized Education

Personalized Education Plan (w/samples for gifted students)

Personalized Learning: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM (video)

Personalized Education and the Role of Genius Hour in the Classroom

Creating Adaptive, Personalized, Effective & Addictive Education System for the Next 

The Next Big Thing: Personalized Education (April 2009) from Howard Gardner

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

GHF Online from @GiftedHF

Personalized Learning (history – Wikipedia)

Assessing the Early Impact of School of One

How New York City is Using Technology to Teach Math One-on-One

The Best Way for Each Student to Learn (Vimeo)

Don’t Expect Schools of the Future to Be Here Tomorrow

From Cybraryman “Personalized Education Plans

Creating Personalized Education Opportunities

More Than Outside the Box” by Krissy Venosdale

The 21st Century Classroom” (YouTube)

TEDx video “Revolutionizing Education with Personalized Learning

Special Guest ~ Dr. Brian Housand

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This week, our special guest was Dr. Brian Housand, Assistant Professor at East Carolina State and member of the NAGC’s Board of Directors. He is also a well-known presenter at gifted conferences with standing-room only presentations.

Brian joined us to chat about his upcoming presentations at TAGT 2013 in Houston, TX, December 4 – 6. We discussed a variety of topics including using technology in the gifted classroom, BYOT, digital citizenship and the future of educational technology. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

During the course of our chat, Brian made the astute observation that the introduction of CCSS in the U.S. has an unforeseen benefit to schools. The new online standardized tests associated with the Standards will require schools to update their technology; thus making it available to more students when not being used for testing. He added, however, that “Just because it [a school] uses technology does not mean that it is good – Good teaching and learning is still good regardless of the tool.”


Plugging into Creative Outlets’ on Slideshare

TED Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

“Gifted & Beyond” #TAGT 2013 Conference Institutes 12/4/13

Brian Housand’s Livebinder

Supporting AIG Learners and the SCOS (pdf)

Brian’s Website

60 Tools in 60 Minutes

“Advantages of the BYOT Classroom” (requires free registration) from eSchool News

“Apps and Sites the Work on All Devices for BYOT”

Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators from Edutopia

Technology Links Page from @cybraryman1

BYOT Page from @cybraryman1

Digital Citizenship from @cybraryman1

#gtchat: Special Guest, Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand was our most recent guest on #gtchat. Brian is an associate professor at East Carolina University, previous Chair of Computers and Technology Network at the NAGC, a member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC and a nationally recognized speaker at gifted conferences. He will be speaking at TAGT ’12 in Dallas at the end of this month. He specializes in technology in the classroom and chat abounded with many useful links to tech tools and apps.

Brian’s interest in gifted education peaked when he attended his first NAGC conference in 2000. He did his graduate work at 3 Summers Master Program at UCONN and received his PhD there as well along with his wife, Angela Housand. He studied under the tutelage of Joseph Renzulli, Sally Reis, Del Siegle and others. Even today, he returns to his alma mater for Confratute and Imagine summer camp every year. Brian considers himself a ‘Proud Geek’!

In sharing his philosophy of gifted education, Brian said that he “deeply believes that we should be providing a continuum of services for our gifted students. We must provide them with exposure to a wide variety of experiences designed specifically to spur their curiosity. We then need to provide the space and support for them to explore and develop their talents. That being said, I also believe that they need to be allowed to go as far as they want to through the curriculum.”


Brian Housand’s Bio

From Slideshare: Creating Your Digital Footprint

Brian at Classroom 2.0

Abstract: “The Effects of Using Renzulli Learning on Student Achievement”

Brians’s Prezi: 21st Century Skills: Learning & Innovation 

NAGC’s Computers & Technology

#Gifted Education in the 21st Century

Plugging Into Creative Outlets

TAGT Annual Conference 2012

EGOR East Carolina Gifted Online Resources

Confratute 2013 July 14th – 19th at UCONN

Free Technology for Teachers

Reach Rocketeers

60 in 60 by @brianhousand

A Google a Day

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Teach with Portals

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)

World of Warcraft in Schools

Best Practices: 3D Virtual Worlds in (K12/International) Schools David W. Deeds

TED Ed’s Flipping Tool

3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology

Mission V from Ireland


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