Thursday, October 20, 2011

Session 4 - Question 1

Chapter 12 may apply to any number of students. In your opinion, why is it important for you as a parent and/or educator to understand the importance of labels for children…especially gifted children?

Session 4 - Question 2

What were some “eye openers” throughout chapters 12-15 regarding giftedness?

Session 4 - Question 3

Would you recommend this book to others in education? Why or Why not?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Session 3 - Question 1

What insights did you have regarding gifted students/children and their parents?

Session 3 - Question 2

After reading chapters 7-11 do you think it is important to teach gifted students about what it means to be "gifted"? Why or why not? Site page numbers to support your answer.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Session 3 - Question 3

As educators, why is it significant to continue to learn about gifted students and their world?

Session 2 - Question 1

The topics stressed in Chapter 4 apply to parents and other caring adults. What “golden nuggets” will you incorporate into an educational setting? Remember to give the page numbers to support your answer and help others locate what you referenced from the chapter.

Session 2 - Question 2

Why is it important to teach our gifted students about self-management? Use sections from Chapter 5 to support your answer and include the page numbers.

Session 2 - Question 3

While reading Chapter 6 did you see yourself or any of your current students described? Explain and site page numbers.

Session 1 - Question 1

What were your “A-ha’s” as an educator while reading the selections, Preface and Introduction, written specifically for parents of gifted children?

Session 1 - Question 2

Describe one characteristic of gifted children from Chapter 2 and one idea from Chapter 1 that were new concepts for you or was a needed refresher of past learning.

Session 1 - Question 3

The title of Chapter 3 is “Communication: The Key to Relationships”. Select two points of interest from this chapter and tell how you will apply those ideas into an educational setting. Include page numbers for fellow participants.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
James Webb, Janet Gore, Edward Amend, & Arlene DeVires

Learn of the joys and challenges that parents of gifted children experience with few resources to guide them through the parenting years. Throughout this 5 star-rated book you find stories and reliable facts and information for parents and educators. Although the book’s targeted audience is parents of gifted children, educators will find it rich with ideas to help understand the characteristics of gifted children, their social and emotional needs, how to establish open lines of communication, teaching Self-Management, discipline, underachievement, motivation, along with perfectionism, idealism and much more.

Course Expectations & Blog Instructions

Expectations for the blog:

1st Session – September 15, 2011: (by blog or optional face-to-face)
(1) Participants need to have the first assigned reading completed BEFORE the first session. Participants who choose to attend the optional face-to-face meeting will post their responses to the first set of questions during the meeting. Those who do not choose to attend the face-to-face are expected to post their responses to the first set of questions by 11:59 p.m. this date.
(2) Participants must also post at least 2 comments that specifically address fellow participant’s responses by 11:59 p.m.

2nd Session – October 6, 2011 by 11:59 p.m.: (blog only)
(1) Participants must post their responses to the Session 2 questions.
(2) In addition, participants are expected to comment on at least 2 other participant’s posts that specifically address fellow participant’s responses.

3rd Session - October 27, 2011 by 11:59 p.m.: (blog only)
(1) All participants must post their responses to the Session 3 questions.
(2) Also, participants are expected to comment on at least 2 other participant’s posts that specifically address fellow participant’s responses.

4th Session – November 17, 2011 by 11:59 p.m.: (blog and face-to-face)
(1) Today is the last day of this book study and by 4:00 p.m. all participants must post their responses to the Session 4 questions.
(2) There are no responses to other participants this session due to our meeting face-to-face discussion.
(3) If numerous people are trying to post at the last minute it could create a slow down process and you may not make the deadline for the class. Plan accordingly.

Instructions for the Blog:

1) Click on "comments" below the post (question) to which you want to respond. Type your comment in the box. If you write a lot, you can use the light gray bar to scroll up and down within the comment box.
2) When you finish typing your comment, click on the little black arrow beside "Select profile…"Choose "Name/URL" which is near the bottom of your choices.
3) In the box under "Name:" type in what you want to be known as in our book study and use the same name for each post. You can use your first name and last initial or last name and first initial (nicknames are fine provided we know who you are in the beginning so you will receive credit for your posts) – something that lets us know who you are. (For example, I'd probably call myself BarbaraC or BCofer.)
4) Leave the URL box blank and click on "Continue”. You’ll notice that whatever you typed in replaced "Select profile…"
5) now click on "Post Comment". Another box will pop up for word verification. This step prevents spam from being posted by other computers on blogs. Just type the word, or combination of letters, that you are given in the box.
6) Then click "Finish". If you didn't quite get the word/letter right, it will give you a different word. It might take a minute or two, but then your comment will be posted with the date and time. You'll know your comment is posted because you'll get a notice saying it was, and the comment will appear on the page, just below the other's post.
7) Hint: The blog page does not have spell check. In addition, there have been times when the blog page “hiccupped”, losing the response you typed in the comment box. To reduce frustration, protect your thoughts, and allow for spell check, we advise that you compose your response in Microsoft Word (or other word processing software) and then copy and paste it into the comment box for step 1 under these instructions.