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 a 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?
What are the characteristics of Giftedness? http://www.us.mensa.org/learn/gifted-youth/gifted-characteristics
The difference between the ‘bright’ child and the Gifted child.
Myths and stereotypes about gifted children http://gtnetwork.ie/index.php/mythillogical-belief-versus-the-reality-of-giftedness/12/2012/
Gifted girls are different.
Beware of misdiagnosis of giftedness
Books by subject
General Teaching of Gifted students
Develop a policy for Gifted education students http://giftedandtalented.ie/index.php/drafting-a-school-policy/
or if your school already has one
SESS Equality of Challenge initiative
Some general approaches to differentiation http://aim.cast.org/learn/historyarchive/backgroundpapers/differentiated_instruction_udl#.UkCVShZhwvE
Differentiation in detail
3 ways to differentiate (primary school)
Meeting the needs of the academically gifted http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/gen/HSTPR078.PDF
Finally, it just remains for me to say a big word of thanks to Fred for allowing me use #edchatie.