#edchatie ‘Challenging Gifted Children in the mixed-ability classroom’


On Monday 23rd September, Fred Boss (@FBoss) kindly allowed me to take over #edchatie for a Twitter chat to mark Gifted Education Awareness Week 2013. #edchatie is a weekly chat on issues of interest to teachers and other educators. You can view past #edchatie chats here. #edchatie attracts a wide range of teachers in Ireland – primary, secondary and from all subjects areas.

The chat topic was ‘Challenging Gifted Children in the mixed-ability classroom’. It was a fast paced and lively chat. The level of engagement from other teachers showed very clearly an interest in learning more about Giftedness and Gifted children. There is clearly #edchatie-GEAW2013a need and a desire to learn more. The icing on the cake was the chat trending on Twitter.

The chat offered an opportunity to share some resources with other teachers as well as get their views. Indeed, much homework was given out! Here it is:

What is giftedness?
http://txgifted.org/what-giftedness/

What are the characteristics of Giftedness? http://www.us.mensa.org/learn/gifted-youth/gifted-characteristics
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gifted-ed-guru/201201/the-bright-child-vs-the-gifted-learner-whats-the-difference

The difference between the ‘bright’ child and the Gifted child.
http://www.bertiekingore.com/high-gt-create.html

Identification toolkit
http://gifted.tki.org.nz/For-schools-and-teachers/Identification/Identification-tools/Informal-tools

Myths and stereotypes about gifted children http://gtnetwork.ie/index.php/mythillogical-belief-versus-the-reality-of-giftedness/12/2012/

Gifted girls are different.
http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10171.aspx
http://www.sengifted.org/archives/articles/social-and-emotional-issues-faced-by-gifted-girls-in-elementary-and-secondary-school
http://www.gtnetwork.ie/index.php/gifted-girls/10/2012

Twice exceptional students
http://gtnetwork.ie/index.php/change-a-life-twice-2/01/2013/
http://www.2enewsletter.com/topic_2e_what_is.html
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/2e.guidebook.pdf

Beware of misdiagnosis of giftedness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kTQx93k60E

Researching giftedness
http://gtnetwork.ie/index.php/essential-websites-on-giftedness/11/2012/
http://gtnetwork.ie/index.php/gifted-education-research/11/2012/

Books by subject
http://www.risingstars-uk.com/categories/naceshop/

General Teaching of Gifted students
http://www.teachingexpertise.com/gifted-talented

Develop a policy for Gifted education students http://giftedandtalented.ie/index.php/drafting-a-school-policy/

or if your school already has one

http://giftedandtalented.ie/index.php/schools-register/

SESS Equality of Challenge initiative
http://www.sess.ie/equality-challenge#background

On Metacognition
http://bit.ly/18Qt97v

Differentiation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFsPwyErB2w

The Differentiator
http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/

“If we overlook differences, the kids and the content don’t connect…..”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OyfG6L67oA and http://bit.ly/rei76O

Some general approaches to differentiation http://aim.cast.org/learn/historyarchive/backgroundpapers/differentiated_instruction_udl#.UkCVShZhwvE
http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/advocacy/M4R4_Differentiation_pp65-98.pdf

Differentiation in detail
http://differentiatedinstructionresources.org

3 ways to differentiate (primary school)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3LljMkI2OQ

Meeting the needs of the academically gifted http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/gen/HSTPR078.PDF

Science and Maths
http://educationnorthwest.org/webfm_send/755 found on http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1097
http://www.educationoasis.com/resources/Articles/teaching_gifted_math.htm

Finally, it just remains for me to say a big word of thanks to Fred for allowing me use #edchatie.

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