Quisitivity Has Moved

As part of a larger project to update and consolidate my professional presence online, I have moved my blog, Quisitivity, to this new location. You should be able to find all of the old content in essentially the same places, with added content from my portfolio and personal blogs....

What Is 21st Century Gifted Education?

Gifted education has been around for over a century. Researchers have studied what it means to be gifted, and what are the best methods for educating the gifted. It has been an uphill journey for many reasons. A great number of people believe that there is no need to provide gifted education, that it is elitist and unfair, and that gifted kids will do fine anyway, so why waste energy and resources on special programs for them? It is not my purpose today to engage in this debate. But I keep coming back to a comment that was made to me recently in connection with a project I’m doing at work. My district is in the midst of a comprehensive review and analysis of our gifted program. As part of that review, we have created a new vision and mission statement for the gifted program. (For the curious among you, it is posted here) I shared the draft of that document with my administration, then unveiled it publicly for the first time at a school board meeting. In among the many positive and encouraging responses, a few people commented that, while the statements were nice, aren’t these things we should be doing with every student? This echoes similar sentiments I’ve heard for as long as I’ve been teaching. Of course the answer is yes; though the emphasis for the general education curriculum and program will be on different kinds of things, the “stuff” that for so long was the core of gifted education has become part of the mainstream 21st century emphasis. It got me thinking about what gifted education should look like in today’s schools. Is it still...

Guest Blog at TransLeadership

Tony Baldasaro recently asked several members of his PLN, including yours truly, to guest post at his blog, TransLeadership. I’m honored (and a bit frightened, to be honest) to be in the company of such blogging heavy hitters as Will Richardson, Sheryl-​​Nussbaum Beach, Pat Larkin, Rob Lyons, John Carver, Deron Durflinger, and Chris Lehmann. You can read my contribution here, and I encourage you to follow Tony’s...

Teaching K-6 Blog Carnival

The second issue of the Teaching K-​​6 Blog Carnival has been posted at the Teaching Challenges blog. I’m honored to be included in this month’s edition, alongside many excellent articles focusing on using technology in elementary education. Thanks to Penny Ryder for her work in putting this...

Quisitivity.org Launched

Today marks the launch of Quisitivity​.org, a new site devoted to promoting differentiation strategies and technology tools for teaching the gifted. Articles will highlight interesting uses of technology in gifted education, tools and techniques for teachers and students that are especially well suited for the gifted, and other technology-​​related items that are of interest to anyone who works with gifted students. I hope you find the site useful and that you join in the...