- 2105 Spring Conference Keynote speakers, breakout sessins and registration information
- 2015 AGATE mini grant winners
- Suggestions for becoming more involved with Montana AGATE
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Teachers who attend the 2105 AGATE spring conference in Helena in April are in for a treat! National Key Note speaker Ian Byrd will present all day Friday April 10. Here is a peek at what he will share with conference attendees!
Keynote: So Much More Than Smart Kids
Our gifted students are often thought of simply as "smart kids." We'll
explore their layered needs, including unexpected sensitivities,
unusual personality traits, and doubts about their own abilities. As
we learn more about our gifted students' needs, we can equip them with
tools to better themselves.
10:30 session: Six, Quick, Open-Ended Activities
Walk away with six, open-ended activities to promote discussion and
creative thinking. Some are perfect morning warmups, some kick off the
year, and some are ongoing tools for deeper thinking. Each emphasizes
creative, high level thinking, collaboration within groups, and
communication to justify responses.
2:30 Building Differentiated Math Projects
Learn to develop intriguing and complex math projects for your gifted
learners. We will begin with authentic data, find motivating conflict
within the data, add an expert's perspective, and build on students'
talents to finish with an interesting product. This framework is
flexible and adaptable to many math topics and age levels. Sample
projects will be shown.
Visit our Conference page to register for the AGATE spring conference today!
Dr. Jim Delisle will be presenting to the public FREE OF CHARGE on February 24th from 7-8:30 in the UM Gallagher Business Building:
Parenting precocious kids: Understanding the ups and downs of growing up gifted - Parents of gifted children and teens have many questions about how best to meet their intellectual and emotional needs. They want to know what giftedness is and the label’s impact on other family members. They want to how to advocate for their gifted child in a school setting mired in “bringing up the bottom” rather than “raising the bar” at the top. They want to know how to set expectations that are appropriate and attainable. And they want to know how to juggle the wide range of emotional intensities that often “comes with the territory” in raising gifted kids.
Brought to you by:
The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana
Western Montana RESA Region V (Professional Development)
and Missoula County Public Schools COMPASS/Gifted Education.
There is still time to register for the 2015 AGATE Spring Conference! Join us at the Great Northern Hotel for two days of quality professional development and the latest information teachers and parents need to work with Montana's gifted students. National Key Note presenters Karen Rogers and Ian Byrd will share the latest research in gifted education. There will also be a wide selection of breakout sessions delieverd by some of Montana's elite experts in gifted education. Here are some titles of the break out sessions attendees can look forward to when they attend the conference.
The Soul of Public Ed: Retooling a culture to reveal and empower the gifts/talents of all
Technology for the Differentiated Classroom
Beyonders: A New Cloud-Based Creative Problem Solving Program
Montana Revised Planning Guide and Strategies for Gifted Education
Genius Hour: Give Students ownership of 20% of their Learning
What Do you Do with Gifted Kids When There is No Gifted Program
Gifted from the Get Go: Gifted Students in the Primary Grades
Differentiation in the K-8 Classroom
Mindset: Boost Achievement & Fullfillment
Winning Moves for Life
“Appy” Gifted Kids
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model - Reading Framework
Calling all 7th and 8th graders! Take the SAT Challenge and earn a $250 scholarship from AGATE! CLICK HERE for more information!
Do you have an idea for a project that could impact the gifted students in your school? Submit an application for the AGATE mini grant to earn $250 toward your project!
CLICK HERE to go to the Mini Grant page to learn more!
President’s Message by Holly Shupert
AGATE newsletter, August 2014
Greetings! As a parent of three gifted children, at varying stages of matriculation, I am often asked why I am involved in AGATE. The answer is easy. At a very basic level, we all desire children to be healthy, happy, experiencing personal and academic growth. We all want the educational needs of all children to be met. The development of each child’s talent is essential to fulfilling this desire. As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music, we must “start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.” We already know that each child’s learning success begins in the home. Repeated studies have shown that children who live in “healthy and happy” homes are better prepared to learn at school. However, even children from healthy and happy homes are each different from each other, including those who have been labeled “gifted and talented”. The label does not mean they are better or worse than other students; it means their brains are developing significantly differently. A new study published this summer reports on how some video games your students may have played this summer effects developing brains.
In the June/July 2014 issue of Neurology Now, Amy Paturel, M.S., M.P.H. reports on how video games effect the developing brains of children and teens in her article “Game Theory”. “In a study of 45 adolescents, playing violent video games for only 30 minutes immediately lowered activity in the prefrontal regions of the brain compared to those who participated in a non-violent game. “ (page 34). “’The prefrontal cortex – the locus of judgment, decision-making, and impulse control – undergoes major reorganization during adolescence,’ explains Tom A. Hummer, Ph.D., assistant research professor in the department of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. That executive control center is essential for weighing risks and rewards and for putting the brakes on the pursuit of immediate rewards (like gaming) in favor of more adaptive longer –term goals (like next week’s chemistry test). ‘ Id.
I am not saying that all video gaming is unhealthy. To the contrary many games help students increase visual capabilities, strategize, and learn to perform multiple tasks at one time. However, I do think that showing students the MRI scans that show what the violent gaming is doing to their brains will help them understand the importance of their gaming behavior. I know when I showed this to my son and his friend they both turned off the video game and went outside to play. Sometimes a picture does say a thousand words.
Paturel, Amy. “Game Theory.” Neurology Now June/July 2014 Print
As we prepare for school I thought you might find some of the following books and websites interesting to explore as you finish this summer.
www.Byrdseed.com Ian Byrd has a wonderful website that has free and subscription offerings for teachers, parents, and gifted students. He has a free monthly newsletter with lesson plans, games, and things to spark discussion with the children in your life and he has a free weekly spelling list of foreign words that we use on a daily basis.
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html Dr. Erik H. Chudler has a good website for students entitled “Neuroscience for Kids”. This site is fun way to learn about the nervous system. He also has links to lots of wonderful articles on anything affecting your brain and nervous system. You can also request to get a free newsletter from Dr. Chudler by e-mailing: email@example.com.
Mindset The New Psychology of Success How We Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol S. Dweck. This is a great book to help reevaluate how you approach goals in your life and how your mindset effects more than your talent to bring success.
Living with Intensity Edited by Susan Daniels, Ph. D. & Michael M. Piechowski, Ph. D. This book is five years old but a good book to help you understand students who learn differently because they are gifted and talented.
Intelligent Life in the Classroom by Karen Isaacson and Tamera Fisher. An inspirational book for all teachers filled with humor and wisdom to improve your classroom with the love for learning.
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, et al. This is a valuable and comprehensive book that I believe all parents of gifted children should read. It explains the lingo and helps you understand your children.
I look forward to meeting you at MT AGATE’s Conference in Helena on April 9-10, 2015. We will be announcing our keynote speakers soon and are very excited! Conference is a nice time to meet many new people and to see and visit with those you have known for a few years as you learn and explore new and exciting ways to teach and connect with your students and children. As you plan your budget this month, please remember in addition to providing the opportunity for you to learn how to better prepare for and engage with gifted and talented students, MT AGATE offers renewal credits and college credit when you attend our conference.
See you soon!
The intent of the Montana SAT Challenge is to
identify and recognize academically talented seventh
and eighth grade students who reason well
mathematically, read critically and express
themselves well in a self-developed written essay.
Through the SAT Challenge, 7th & 8th grade students
who exhibit strong academic aptitude are eligible to
take the SAT Test designed normally to be taken by
college bound 11th and 12th graders. Performance on
this test forms the basis for providing academic
program counseling and offering opportunities for
Click here to read the SAT Challenge Spring article and learn more about the SAT challenge and meet the 2014 winners.
Click here to visit the SAT Challenge page and learn how to register!