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Hidden in Plain Sight: Identifying and Challenging the Hidden Gifted Underachiever

Hidden in Plain Sight: Identifying and Challenging the Hidden Gifted Underachiever Have you ever gone around the house searching in earnest for your keys, only to realize that they’ve been in your hand throughout the quest? Or maybe you’ve asked someone if they’ve seen your sunglasses, as their eyes dart up to the top of your head where, yes indeed, your sunglasses have been patiently waiting to reveal your age. Like those keys and sunglasses, sometimes gifted underachievers slip right past us unnoticed. In her 6-hour course, “Challenging the “Hidden” Gifted Underachiever,” Carolyn Coil, Ed.D., shines a light on a specific type of underachiever that is gifted enough to avoid being identified as gifted! Carlyn Coil is a former teacher, adjunct professor, and resource specialist. She is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant. Dr. Coil focuses on Response to Intervention (RtI) monitoring strategies, implementing differentiation in the classroom, [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: Gifted Students|1 Comment

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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Online Gifted Training Brought to you by Leading Experts in the G/T Community

Online Gifted Training Brought to you by Leading Experts in the G/T Community We have worked hard to make your job easier! We have assembled a stellar team of G/T experts to bring world class training to your classrooms and teachers. Our program is designed to make training more accessible for educators while making set-up and implementation easier for district managers. Our G/T experts represent some of the top organizations, universities, and school districts throughout the United States. We hope you will take this chance to get to know them a little better and see how these G/T experts can enrich your classrooms. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., 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, [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Multi Exceptional|1 Comment

G/T Resources: I Get by With a Little Help from My Gifted Friends

G/T Resources: I Get by With a Little Help from My Gifted Friends A Review of Six of Our Favorite G/T Resources Need answers for perplexing behavior from your gifted students? Want some fresh ideas to spice up your upcoming lesson plans? Then look no further! Here’s a breakdown of six of our favorite G/T resources that will get you fired up and ready to go. In no particular order: 1. Byrdseed What is it: Ian Byrd grew up gifted and has devoted his talents to helping people better engage gifted students. He’s both jack and master of many trades, including teaching across content areas, music, and computer science. Byrdseed is his blog/resource shop. He also runs Byrdseed.TV, which you can read more about below. Best part: Mr. Byrd knows what he’s talking about; 30,000 monthly viewers can’t be wrong. Byrdseed has quality content that, thanks to Mr. Byrd’s computer [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00December 8th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students|1 Comment

Achieving the Balance Right: Secondary Courses of the Gifted

Achieving the Balance Right: Secondary Courses of the Gifted A Four Phase Framework for Secondary Gifted Courses Recently my young son was frustrated with us because he felt that he was ready for a privilege that we, his parents, knew that he was not yet mature enough to handle. He fumed and battled, and finally broke down into tears, which proved the point we were trying to make. Needless to say, he still has not earned this privilege. However, it got me thinking about how tough it is as parents and educators to give just the right level of challenge and responsibility to students. If we go too far in either direction, students end up frustrated. Left too long in that state, they often just give up. For gifted students, particularly in high school, this is a common occurrence. Many courses are designed to be “advanced,” but are they really [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students|0 Comments

Uncovering Gifted Diverse Learners

Uncovering Gifted Diverse Learners Overcoming the Ability vs. Achievement Gap Poor Charlie Brown. Sometimes pessimistic, and occasionally optimistic despite the odds, Charlie Brown can never quite seem to get ahead in life. That is probably why so many children (and adults), over the years, have related to him so well. Every time Lucy takes the football away at the last minute or the baseball team loses again, we all inwardly groan with ol’ Charlie Brown. Failure is no fun. However, it is true that failure or difficulty is common to all of us, and the moments of true success and breakthroughs only come after a lot of hard work. Charlie Brown may experience many perceived failures, but his perennial popularity is the result of his resiliency. He just keeps forging ahead. How can we help diverse learners in G/T classes forge ahead and bridge the gap between ability (potential) and [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00November 17th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students|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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00October 24th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, 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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00September 25th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments

Duck… Duck… Misdiagnosis

Duck… Duck… Misdiagnosis The Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of the Gifted We have all heard the saying, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” This statement implies that things are usually exactly what they seem to be. Do you agree with that statement? We all know the story of the Ugly Duckling. The poor little duck was much maligned until his ducky brothers and sisters realized he was not a duck after all. He grew into a beautiful swan. We are often fooled by our pre-conceived ideas about what things look like or what they should be. This can be a frustrating experience for gifted students whose overexcitable tendencies or quirky behaviors often earn them labels that are inaccurate. ADHD, Aspergers, ODD, OCD, and Bipolar are serious diagnoses and must be addressed. But G/T students, whose [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00September 25th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students|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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Gifted Students, Social & Emotional|0 Comments