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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00November 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 |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Assessing Gifted Strategies: An Administrator’s Guide

Assessing Gifted Strategies: An Administrator’s Guide It’s Not Easy Being Dean...or Principal “There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.” -James Russell Lowell It takes a special person to thrive in an administrative role. Not only does a school administrator have to make weighted decisions and mindful evaluations of their programs, they also have to consider the dynamic assortment of human hearts behind and in front of those programs. How do you uphold high standards, while also keeping an amicable dialogue open with teachers? Are you assessing gifted strategies in a way that tells the whole story about their effectiveness? In her 1-hour course, “Assessing GT Strategies: An Administrator’s Guide,” trainer Lisa Van Gemert assists administrators in the fine art of assessing gifted strategies, so they can help shape programs and professionals without breaking them. Ms. Van Gemert is the Youth & Education Ambassador for [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:13+00:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Screening, Identification and Assessment: Identifying Gifted Students for Success

Screening, Identification and Assessment: Identifying gifted students for success Athletic programs can do it, so why can’t we? Marjorie Gestring: At just 13 years old, Gestring is youngest person to ever win an Olympic gold medal. Wayne Gretzky: One of the greatest hockey players of all time, Gretzky began skating at the age of three and was playing hockey by age six. Madison Keys: At the age of 14, she beat Serena Williams to become one of the youngest women to ever win a Women’s Tennis Association Tour match. Nyjah Huston: The skateboarder appeared in his first X Games competition at age 11. The youngest competitor in X Game history. Lucy Li: An 11-year-old California girl who became the youngest person to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. These are just a few of the athletic superstars who were identified and developed at an early age, but there are [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00August 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Differentiated Math Projects

Complex Math and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut: Building Differentiated Math Projects Ian Byrd Shares Tools for Creating Math Projects that will Intrigue and Motivate Students If you’re like me, this post had you hooked with three little words: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts I try my best to stick to a healthy diet, but every now and then I just need a good dose of gooey, sugary goodness. Mmmmm, doughnuts! Hopefully I’ve got your attention, because now I’m going to bring up a subject that puts me in a comatose state faster than eating a dozen donuts in a single sitting (stop judging me)! That’s right, this post is really about math! I’m more of a literature gal, so I don’t get nearly as excited about math as I do a great book. So what do doughnuts have to do with math? Everything, says former G/T student and now G/T expert Ian [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00August 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Advanced Learners Will Advance With Differentiation

Inquiry, Connection, Autonomy: Advanced Learners Will Advance With Differentiation What Differentiated Instruction (DI) really means, and why Advanced Placement (AP) classes aren’t using it. *Disclaimer: The following paragraph contains poor grammar and the misuse of language. Sensitive readers may become flustered. Supposably it was him and I’s plan to meet for an expresso. But for all intensive purposes he stood me up. Irregardless, the day went really good. Now take a deep, calming breath. That paragraph can’t hurt you anymore. Misused and misunderstood words may wreak havoc on a grammarian’s nerves; but when an educator doesn’t understand the meaning of “differentiated instruction,” it’s the advanced learners who suffer. Does the thought of using differentiated instruction for an AP class rub you the wrong way? In this 1-hour course, “Inquiry, Connection, Autonomy: Advanced Learners Will Advance With Differentiation,” Carrie Simpson, Ph.D, reveals the top misconceptions educators of advanced learners have about [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Demystifying Differentiation in the Classroom

Demystifying Differentiation in the Classroom Mission (Im)possible: How to engage a diverse classroom without leaving any students behind Good day, teacher. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Today you will  begin facilitating a unit on weather to a gifted, insecure left-brain thinker, a gifted and disengaged right-brain thinker, an average student, and a lower-level student who, truthfully, is still struggling to understand your previous unit. However, there are a few catches: You actually have 21 students, not 4 You also need to prepare them for standardized testing You don’t have time to create curricula to cater to each student’s level of ability You can’t leave anyone behind; each student needs to gain critical thinking skills Does this mission sound daunting? Impossible even? Does it also sound all too familiar? "Difficult" should be a walk in the park for you. As educators face these daily challenges, trainer Bob Iseminger [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00July 13th, 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 |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00June 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Creative Thinking Tools for Gifted Students

Teach a child to test and he will succeed for a day. Teach him to think creatively, and he will thrive for a lifetime. Developing creative thinking in the classroom In the competitive, technology driven world that, today’s students are preparing to enter, there is one skill that will set them apart. It isn’t intelligence. It isn’t even tech savvy. The most sought-after tool you can put into your students’ toolboxes is creative thinking. But how does one teach creative thinking? Do you need meditation circles and finger paint? As trainer Joyce Juntune, Ph.D, reveals in her course “Developing Creative Thinking in the Classroom,” it’s something in which even the most no-nonsense educator can excel. 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 [...]

By |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00June 17th, 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 |2016-11-05T00:46:14+00:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments