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Inside the Classroom, Outside the box

Autonomous Learning: Inside the Classroom, Outside the Box One of These Things is Not Like the Other If there’s one thing that popcorn shirts taught us, it is that one size does not fit all. If it did, there wouldn’t be child or queen-sized popcorn shirts. But I digress. A classroom full of gifted students is also bursting with a full range of personalities, strengths, and needs. The worthy task of facilitating their autonomous learning in our gifted classrooms demands that we are aware of their differences. In her 1-hour course, “Inside the Classroom, Outside the Box,” trainer Sheila Mulbry explores some of the ways gifted students differ, from both regular students and their gifted classmates. For the past 18 years, Sheila Mulbry has served as a TAG Resource Specialist for Round Rock ISD. She is a constant advocate for gifted students and their special needs, and has presented staff [...]

By | November 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Improving Verbal Skills for Children from Low S.E.S. Backgrounds

Improving Verbal skills: Bridging the Verbal Gap Finding the Right Words Blind and deaf since the age of 19 months, Helen Keller grew up and became the first deafblind woman to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Although she had already begun communicating with her family with simple signs by age seven, she was only able to share her brilliant mind and heart because of the help of a tutor and lifelong friend, Ann Sullivan. Ann gave Helen the gift of words and helped her connect those words to the meaning in her world. As a result of their courage and perseverance, Helen went on to become a lecturer, women’s rights activist, and author. Most of us may not have the opportunity to be a part of a story as incredible as Helen Keller’s. However, working with students from low socioeconomic populations, we have a similar opportunity to bridge a [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to craft learning partnerships that empower gifted students

How to craft gifted classroom dynamics that empower students to take charge of their own learning Holy Learning Partnerships Batman! Ben and Jerry PB and J Batman and Robin Teacher and student Some of the best results come from great partnerships; and learning partnerships between teacher and student are absolutely essential in the gifted classroom, according to Joyce Juntune, Ph.D, who covers this in her course “Developing Learning Partnerships in the Gifted Classroom.” Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Learning Partnerships Defined What exactly is a learning partnership? It is a mutual shift in the balance of power in the classroom. Dr. Juntune explains [...]

By | June 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding young gifted children with advanced abilities

Understanding young gifted children with advanced abilities That’s Not Fair! If I’ve heard it once, I’ve probably heard it a hundred times; “That’s not fair!” And how do grown-ups overwhelmingly respond? “Life’s not fair.” We tell them that because cries for fairness often seem like the ravings of a petulant child demanding their way. But, what if we put on different lenses? Is it possible to see things from a different point of view? In “Understanding Young Gifted Children with Advanced Abilities,” Debra Troxclair, Ph.D. challenges us to do just that. In this review I’ll give you a glance at some of the ways that “acting out” behavior can actually be signs of advanced abilities in young children. Dr. Troxclair received her doctoral degree in Special Education (Emphasis in Gifted Education) from the University of Southern Mississippi and has over 20 years of teaching experience in both elementary and university [...]

By | May 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are We There Yet? Questions for Higher Order Thinking in the Gifted Classroom

Are We There Yet? Questions for Higher Order Thinking in the Gifted Classroom Kids love to ask questions. Have you ever been on a road trip with a child between the ages of 2 and 18? Then you'll recognize, “Are we there yet?” It's probably one of the most dreaded questions to come from a child’s lips. Some questions drive us crazy. I remember road trips with my own kids where I actually prayed the questions would JUST STOP! But here’s the problem… When questioning ceases, learning stops. The problem isn’t that children ask too many questions, it’s that they’re asking the wrong ones. Peter Drucker, management consultant and university professor, once said, “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” If that’s true, then teaching students to ask the right questions should be a [...]

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Motivation and Achievement: Helping G/T students reach their full potential

Motivation and Underachievement: Helping G/T students reach their full potential In the first grade, Sam typifies a gifted student in many ways. He’s creative, has an incredible memory, is hungry to learn new things, and is reading at a third grade level. There’s just one problem; Sam has zero interest in writing in his journal. Nearly every day Sam’s mom is getting negative reports from his teacher. He is not finishing his work. He’s daydreaming. He just won’t focus. Sam is driving his teacher crazy. She knows he is capable but he continues to underachieve. So what’s the problem? Does Sam need to sit in a different seat or does he need more discipline? Maybe he needs remediation or medication? No! The heart of Sam’s problem is that he’s just not interested enough. Motivation and achievement are common characteristics of gifted children, but how do we help the G/T students [...]

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Working to unlock the giftedness of visual spatial learners

Can you see what I’m saying? Working to unlock the giftedness of visual spatial learners I have such fond memories of reading Fred Gwynne’s children’s books to my kids when they were young. His classic books like, “The King Who Rained” (1988) and “Chocolate Moose for Dinner” (1988), offer delightful illustrations chronicling the mental images conjured by a young girl in response to common homophones like “the foot prince in the snow.” In addition to being humorous, these books offer a great glimpse into what it’s like inside the mind of a visual-spatial learner. In this course review of “Working with Visual-Spatial Learners,” Stacy Hughes offers an in-depth analysis of visual-spatial learners and the types of teaching tools that unlock their potential. Ms. Hughes, a G/T specialist in Burleson ISD, has experience teaching gifted middle school in Florida, high school in rural China, special needs students in Taiwan, and gifted [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mind Sketching and Other Strategies for Building Academic Literacy in Gifted Students Raised in Poverty

See Spot Run… Now Sketch Spot Running! Mind Sketching and Other Strategies for Building Academic Literacy in Gifted Students Raised in Poverty How we get our Language As a young girl, Joyce Juntune walked from her family’s small farm into town to buy groceries every week. As they followed the train tracks into town, her mother would call out, “Girls, look there's a train! See the locomotive! There's the engineer! Wave to the engineer! Count the cars, one, two, three, four, five!” Week after week her mother would reinforce these basic verbal processing skills. To this day, she still counts the cars anytime she passes a train. “I look back and that's where I got my language,” she recalls. “It was because my mother used the environment every day to help me see something.” Unfortunately many children who are raised in poverty or low-incomes households don’t benefit from these early [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opening the doors of opportunity for low SES gifted students

The Definition of Insanity Opening the doors of opportunity for low SES gifted students They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result. I think as educators, we some time fall into that trap. We use the same tools and methods that were successful with one child for every child in our classroom. But here is an important truth, not every child is the same! This is what we learn from Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., in today’s review of “Opening the Doors of Opportunity for Low SES Gifted Students.” Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the Gifted Classroom

Unleashing the Power of Creativity Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the Gifted Classroom I love the outdoors. Some of my best ideas have come to me while letting my mind wander as I walk my dog. Nature is like that. The fresh air, the smells, the beauty of nature, it inspires and engages my mind in a way that being chained to a desk never could. Isn’t it sad that students end up spending the majority of their time chained to a desk? It must be so uninspiring for them! Over the last decade creativity and creative thought have been de-emphasized because of a focus on standardized testing in education. As a result, the United States has fallen significantly behind other industrialized nations in the area of research and development, which is highly dependent upon creativity and creative thought. In “Infusing Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills in the [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments