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Slow Down and Ask the Right Questions: Building Depth and Complexity into Pre-AP and AP Classrooms

Slow Down and Ask the Right Questions: Building Depth and Complexity into Pre-AP and AP Classrooms I will never forget the first time I drove my parents’ car on the freeway as a teenager. The thrill of freedom was mixed with a terrifying sense that I was moving much faster than my experience merited. A massive, speeding ball of steel combined with a new teenage driver is a frightening prospect. Thankfully, despite a speeding ticket and a fender bender, my early driving experience passed without major incident. What was once new and terrifying is an everyday occurrence about which I do not give much thought. Driving on the freeway is, as the old saying goes, just like riding a bike. In complete contrast to a new driver experience, today’s learners are approaching information and media hard-wired for speed. This generation is the first to be known as digital natives. They [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Make 2016 the Year of Purposeful Professional Development

Make 2016 the Year of Purposeful Professional Development “Purpose in Life Impedes Impulsivity.” That’s the headline of an article that made the round in gifted social media circles over the holidays. In the article, writer Tom Jacobs summarizes some newly published research, “which finds people possessing a sense of purpose are more likely to make choices that pay off in the long run, and less likely to get sidetracked by the need for short-term gratification.” As an educator, you are very familiar with the idea of impulsive behavior. No matter what grade level you teach, you most likely see impulsive behavior on a daily basis. Impulsivity explains why: Sam never stops talking Gloria is perpetually cutting in line Jennifer has to touch everything in sight George squirms so much that a leg fell off his chair Do you struggle with impulsiveness in your classroom? Children are non-stop case studies in [...]

By | January 5th, 2016|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

2015 Course Review – Another Year of Outstanding Online Training for Gifted and Talented Teachers

2015 Course Review - Another Year of Outstanding Online Training for Gifted and Talented Teachers Happy Holidays from everyone here at GT Ignite! As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to spend some time reflecting on what I’ve accomplished this year. Resolutions are great, but they are only effective when I pause at the end of the year to measure how far I’ve come. Am I still going to the gym? Did I read all 30 books I resolved to read at the beginning of the year? Did I spend more quality time with my husband, and less time in front of the TV? Did my productivity at work increase? I can tell you that I like the answers to some of those questions more than others. No matter what the answers are, it’s exciting to see how far our GT Ignite team has come and how much we [...]

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: AP English, Differentiation, Gifted Students, Math Differentiation, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Gifted Introverts: The Quiet Contradiction

Gifted Introverts: The Quiet Contradiction Inviting the Wallflower to Bloom If I had a nickel for every time a grown-up told young me to smile more, or asked me why I was so quiet, or if I was sad, well, I would have had enough money to wall them all out and be pleasantly alone with my thoughts! Gifted introverts are a misunderstood breed, especially in the school years. Adults are much more comfortable watching a group of students run and shout at recess than seeing one student sit quiet and alone beside a tree. In her 1-hour course, “Introverts: The Quiet Gifted,” Theresa Biggs, M.Ed., reveals the inner workings and needs of gifted introverts. Ms. Biggs is the Coordinator of Advanced Academics for Plano ISD. She has a passion for learning and serving the gifted community with a special interest in the English classroom. Check out this course sample, [...]

By | October 24th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Psychomotor overexcitability: Life as an Exclamation Mark in a World of Periods

Psychomotor overexcitability: Life as an Exclamation Mark in a World of Periods Don’t Say “Use Your Indoor Voice” Motormouth. Chatterbox. Hyper. Loud. Labels like these can lock people into uncomfortable and insecure relationships to the world, particularly when they overlook the real reason a gifted student can’t stop moving and talking: a psychomotor overexcitability. In her 1-hour course, “Don’t Say ‘Use Your Indoor Voice,’” Sarah Wiseman, M.Ed., who herself has a psychomotor overexcitability, reveals the strengths and needs of the gifted students who seem to have boundless energy. Ms. Wiseman teaches G/T Integrated Language Arts in Frisco ISD. She also writes curriculum and presents professional development for G/T and social studies. Check out this course sample, or read more below: The Tortoise and the Hare In her course, Ms. Wiseman likens life with a psychomotor overexcitability to being a hare among tortoises. The need for stimulation is stronger than it [...]

By | October 24th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Helping Underrepresented Students Overcome Failure with Self-Regulation

Helping Underrepresented Students Overcome Failure with Self-Regulation One of my favorite “failure stories” is that of Michael Jordan. The boy who never made his high school basketball team went on to become one of the most recognized and accomplished athletes of the sport. He is the first to admit that he had to endure failure in order to get to where he is now. We have all hit a wall at one point or another. The times when the going gets tough or we face failure are the times we are required to dig deep and find a way to move past those challenges and keep going. Gifted students, who find many learning tasks come easily, often struggle to move past moments of difficulty or failure. Yet most of them have the skills and resources available to them within their sphere of life to conquer failure. This is the essence [...]

By | October 17th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Motivating the Gifted Underachiever

Motivating the Gifted Underachiever What to Do When Potential Gets Sidetracked Watching a monarch butterfly unfurl its iconic rust and black wings is a surprisingly profound experience. But, the moment shifts abruptly when it becomes clear that something went wrong early on. The wings are stunted; this stunning creature is not destined to make the epic monarch migration. A similar tragedy can happen when a gifted student faces insecurity, hurt, or isolation. Where there is potential for a great unfurling of talent and ability, we are surprised to find a stunted, gifted underachiever. How do you identify when a gifted student isn’t meeting his/her potential? What can you do to give them confidence in their exceptional talents and abilities? In the 1-hour course, “Motivating the Gifted Underachiever,” Lori Comallie-Caplan explains the common elements that turn a gifted student into a gifted underachiever, and what you can do to motivate them [...]

By | October 14th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Is depression in gifted students suffocating creative genius?

Is depression in gifted students suffocating creative genius? Idealism and Depression in gifted students Funnyman Robin Williams brought laughter and joy to to audiences all over the world with his antics in roles such as Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Behind all the joy he he spread to others was a secret that eventually took him from this world. Depression took this creative genius from the world too early. We do not know if Robin Williams was gifted in terms of IQ, but he certainly was a genius at his craft. Millions of people around the world laughed and cried with his characters. Depression is no laughing matter. While there is no evidence that suicide rates are any higher in G/T students, depression in gifted students is a common occurrence. Research has shown that almost all gifted students will struggle with depression at some time during their school years. [...]

By | September 25th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Asynchrony in Teaching or Parenting A Gifted Child

Asynchrony in Teaching or Parenting A Gifted Child Social Emotional Dimensions of Giftedness and the Impact of Asynchrony “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” says the great and powerful Wizard of Oz as little Toto pulls back the curtain. But Dorothy doesn’t believe Oz when he confesses he is the wizard. He really was just a man. All the clues were there, and even when face to face with the reality, Dorothy did not want to believe it! While teaching or parenting a gifted student, we can sometimes find ourselves in Dorothy’s ruby red shoes. G/T students tend to struggle in certain social situations and develop at different times in different areas. However, as parents and teachers we often feel shocked when our G/T children “act their age.” Behind the curtain of their high IQ’s and academic achievement, G/T children are still just children. Teaching or parenting [...]

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination: Helping Students Overcome these Traits like Superheroes

Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination: Helping Students Overcome these Traits like Superheroes Lori Comalie-Caplan Gives Parents and Teachers a Clear Path to Defeating These Twin Villains “With great power comes great responsibility.” Teen superhero, Peter Parker, learns this very important truth in his double life as Spiderman. Flying above the city, fighting evil, and using his “Spidey-Sense” comes with a cost. Every superhero has a personal battle to fight. Gifted and talented students, with their super brain powers, often discover perfectionism and procrastination are their personal nemeses. Left to their own devices, these “evil twins” leave a path of anxiety, doubt, and inaction. Parents and teachers: never fear! We can teach students to fly past these twin challenges like superheroes! In this 1-hour course, “Moving Past Perfectionism,” Lori Comalie-Caplan shows parents and teachers of G/T students the signs that students are struggling with perfectionism, and provides straightforward interventions for both [...]

By | September 13th, 2015|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments