Posts Tagged ‘passion’


Dr. George Betts and Dr. Maureen Neihart Share Revised Profiles of Gifted

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you the revised 2010 Profiles of Gifted by two leaders in the field, Dr. George Betts and Dr. Maureen Neihart! During our 11.05.10 noon/EDT #gtchat, we’ll have the privilege of discussing these profiles and how they can be used to “increase awareness among educators and parents of differences among gifted children and provide guidelines for identifying gifted children.” These profiles can also be used to develop appropriate educational goals for the gifted.” (Betts, Neihart, 1988).

Here’s the updated matrix of the Profiles:  PROFILES BEST REVISED MATRIX 2010.

I’ll share post-chat thoughts soon, but wanted you all to have access to this. Thank you to Dr. Betts for sharing this with our international audience!

Kindest regards,

Deborah Mersino


The Power of a PLN for Educators of Gifted Learners

Ingeniosus Booth at CAGT 2010

I had the privilege of meeting nearly a hundred educators of high-ability learners at the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Conference in Denver, Colorado last week. Simultaneously, we had Global #gtchat Ambassadors in Ireland, Ohio, and Missouri and beyond sharing news about “How Gifted Education and Social Networking Can Propel Learning, Collaboration and Advocacy!”

For those of you who are checking out the Ingeniosus site for the first time, welcome! For those who are returning, I’m hopeful that you’ll continue to utilize this site in your search for resources, inspiration and idea generation.

I continue to be impressed with the level of dedication of teachers in the state of Colorado, throughout the United States and world. Feel free to use the Ingeniosus site and social networking opportunities as you see fit. If you want to learn more about #gtchat – the Global Chat on Twitter dedicated to all things gifted and talented – click here. Also feel free to “like” the Ingeniosus Facebook Page. It’s an easy way to stay in touch with the latest gifted education news and resources.

As you begin building your own online Professional Learning Network (PLN) via this site and social networks, my hope is that you’ll invite others to do the same. The more educators and parents of high-ability learners we have collaborating, the greater our chances of positively impacting this critical population.

If you find a valuable tool, blog, resource site or have a new idea relative to educating and/or supporting gifted learners, leave a comment here and/or send me an email. Again, you are vital to the future and the tireless work you do – day in and day out – matters greatly!

Kindest regards,

Deborah Mersino (@DeborahMersino)


For the Jean Louis Bullfinches of the World…

I recently enjoyed reading again about the illustrious and industrious Jean Louis Bullfinch (a.k.a. Scout) in To Kill a Mockingbird by Pulitzer Prize Winner Harper Lee and thought some of you would find the following exchange between Scout and her teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, poignant:

“…as I read the alphabet, a faint line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, as it would interfere with my reading…

“Teach me?” I said in surprise. “He hasn’t taught me anything, Miss Caroline. Atticus ain’t got time to teach me…”

“…I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime. I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers…”

Here’s to all the Scouts out there…and all the talented and thoughtful teachers who smile upon them, engage them and support them to fly.


Ready to Impact? Three Opportunities to Increase Influence via Twitter Training, Parental Engagement Presentations & Sponsorships

Ingeniosus is now offering companies, public school districts, private gifted schools, as well as universities and gifted organizations, three new ways to increase their influence and impact via:
  • On-site Twitter Training Sessions
  • Parental Impact Presentations
  • Annual Global #gtchat Sponsorships


Transcripts Available from 02.12.10 “Homework: Battles or Bliss?” & “Discovering Passion: Helping Gifted Kids Find Inspiration” #gtchats

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Good morning or good afternoon (depending on where you reside)! Thank you to everyone who made yesterday’s global #gtchat sessions so lively!

While our noon session on “Homework: Battles or Bliss?” was small, it was mighty! The Davidson Institute (@DavidsonGifted) shared some excellent resources that you’ll want to be sure to check out.

Our second session, “Discovering Passion: Helping Gifted Kids Find Inspiration” proved to be both inspiring and thought-provoking.

Check out the transcripts here:

  • Transcript from 02.12 noon/EST #gtchat, “Homework: Battles or Bliss?”: {starts halfway down}
  • Transcript from 7pm/EST #gtchat, “Discovering Passion: Helping #Gifted Kids Find Inspiration”

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