• Feb112014

    POSTED AT 10:19 AM

    I am thinking about offering a few parent workshops in the spring.  What topics would you as parents like to hear more about?  Are there any hot topics you would like to explore further?  I would really like to know your thoughts. 

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    Dec182013

    POSTED AT 02:14 PM

    This website and blog is designed for parents of gifted students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. My  hope is that you will be supported and inspired through the many posts of your fellow parents.  Let me know your thoughts. 


    http://vbcpsgiftedprograms.weebly.com/
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    Jan302013

    POSTED AT 08:25 AM


    I realize
    there are diverse opinions on the role of social media, but I do want you all to be aware of the resources (articles, videos, blogs, stories) being posted regularly on the Virginia Association for the Gifted Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/VAGifted

    The good news is there are a lot of great resources posted daily that can be used for your own information.   Some items are even appropriate for students.

    Check it out and let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear from you.

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    Nov192012

    POSTED AT 09:46 AM

     We have been spending quite a bit of time of developing the Habits of Mind as described in the book Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum, by Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick.  We have already learned about Persistence and Managing Impulsivity.  I thought I would post a few questions that you, as parents, might ask your child that would promote thinking about the HOM. 

    *While working on these math problems, which of the Habits of Mind will you/did you use?
    *In what subjects have you used the Habit of Mind you are currently studying?
    *As you prepare for this project, which Habit of Mind might you need to use?
    *In what careers of professions would people have to use the Habits of Mind?  Which ones?
    *How would the Habits of Mind be used when purchasing a ....(automobile, television, new cell phone etc)?

    Ok, all you third, fourth, and fifth graders!!! I would love to hear feedback about Habits of Mind.  Do you think it is a worthy use of our time?  Why or why not?
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    Nov182011

    POSTED AT 10:28 AM

    The Parent Connection is sponsoring another great workshop of interest to parents of gifted students. Bright Child/Flexible Mind: Reducing Frustration in Your School-Aged Child, being presented on December 7 at ATC from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. was initiated by gifted education and by the school psychologists. It is  targeted on specific executive functions: impulse control, shifting tasks, and emotional regulation. Another parent workshop will be offered in the spring (Wednesday, March 7)that will focus on task initiation, sustained attention, and goal directed persistence.

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    Sep162011

    POSTED AT 08:59 AM

    Wonders never cease to amaze me or should I say my students never cease to amaze me.   Mrs. Reynard and I were blown away this week by the depth and complex thinking that took place as a result of a TABA activity.   We we merely facilicators  standing on the sidelines listening in on some serious discussions on the topic of change.  We asked probing questions and allowed the students to ponder their responses and bounce ideas off of their peers.  The  generalizations that grew out of their discussions were astounding.

    In reflecting on this lesson, I began to ask myself how often do we as adults ask students to think about something or give them a challenge; yet direct their path the way we want it to go.  How often do we really let go of the noton of "adult driven" instruction and just become facilitators?  How often do we as parents tell our children there is only one way to solve a problem?  (example:  how to solve a multiplication problem)  It is scary to let go and let children take the lead but as I experienced on Monday, sometimes it is more beneficial to let the students drive the instruction and just stand back and be amazed!!!
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    May032011

    POSTED AT 10:37 AM

    I was compelled after my last class to set up a blog for my fifth graders.  Let me set the scenario for you.  We were finishing up a Willam and Mary lesson on persuasion.  The students were asked to read the poem, "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost.  I posed several questions about the poem and then the conversation switched over to the topic of persuasion quite naturally, I might add.  The students began a dialogue about all the different ways they feel they are being persuaded.  I sat back and listened in utter amazement and the complexity of their thoughts at such a young age.  Some students mentioned pressure to go to college, some mentioned tension to be part of the group but they all admitted they felt persuaded by someone.    Let's begin a blog discussion fifth graders!!!
    Is persuasion  positive or negative and why?

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    Dec092010

    POSTED AT 02:19 PM

    After seeing a commercial recently for the popular Discovery Channel show, "Myth Busters", I remembered a conversation I had with the parents of a gifted child recently.  The parents told me that they just couldn't understand why their "gifted" child was making poor grades.  I told them many parents, as well as educators, have the false belief that gifted students are "gifted" so they should be making straight A's.  The truth is many gifted children  struggle academically. 

    Underachievement describes a discrepancy between a student's performance and his actual ability.  The roots of this problem differ, based on each child's experiences.  Gifted students may become bored or frustrated in an unchallenging classroom situation causing them to lose interest and/or  learn bad study habits. Other students may mask their abilities to try and fit in socially with their peers.  No matter the cause, it is imperative that a caring and perceptive adult help the gifted learner break the cycle of underachievement.    It takes the student, parents and educators working together to help gifted learner reach their full potential.
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    Nov182010

    POSTED AT 12:07 PM

    I recently attended a workshop on mindsets and also hosted a workshop for parents on the topic last month. 

    In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

    In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
    I have been reflecting on my own mindsets and have come to the conslucion that my mindsets change wtih the situation.  Do I really practice what I have been preaching? For example, with my daughter, I praise her effort, practice and process not final outcome.  I praise her positive habits.  My son on the other hand, brings out the fixed mindset in me.  I have caught myself saying things like, "I know you are smart, why can't you do this?" or "You need to study more."  These offer vague solutions and are in need of more clarifing comments.  The growth mindset focuses on being a life long learner. 

    Where are you with this concept?  Do you have a fixed mindset about a particular subject?  Does your mindset change depending on which of your children you are talking to at the moment? 
    I plan to start making small focused changes in the area of mindsets.  What about you?  Are you up to the challenge?  Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like more infor on the topic of mindsets.

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