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Challenges from Within


Each person will summarize the last 2 components (Social & Emotional Issues and Profiles of the Gifted) of today’s training in three sentences or less. Each person will need to share their summary with the rest of the group. It’s okay to refine your summary after getting input from others. Now that everyone at the table has shared, synthesize everyone’s thinking to come up with one 3-sentence summary. Add a fourth sentence, “This is important because . . .” Blog Splash the group summary in the comment section of this post.


The 8 Great Gripes


This Quick Write is all about the 8 great gripes.  You can write about one particular gripe, or a combination of gripes.  You may have a personal connection, whether it’s with yourself, a family member, or a student.  Remember, the goal of a Quick Write is not to worry about spelling and grammar (although it should be readable).  Rather the goal is to write your initial honest reactions to the prompt.  When the timer goes off, you will have one minute to wrap up your thoughts.

Now that you’ve watched the four movies (Great Gripes Movie #1Great Gripes Movie #2Great Gripes Movie #3Great Gripes Movie #4) that highlight the 8 greatest gripes of gifted kids, it’s time to reflect on those challenges and respond.  Here are the 8 great gripes:

  1. No one explains what being gifted is all about – it’s kept a big secret
  2. School is too easy and too boring.
  3. Parents, teachers, and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.
  4. Friends who really understand us are few and far between.
  5. Kids often tease us about being smart.
  6. We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do in life.
  7. We feel different and alienated.
  8. We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything about them.

Book-A-Day Challenge


This summer marks the 4th annual BookA-Day Challenge.  This will be the first year I’ve participated and I’m hoping for the best.  I found out about this challenge by following Donalyn Miller on Twitter @donalynbooks and reading her blog, The Book Whisperer.  If you don’t know Donalyn, you need to.  Be sure to check her out when you’re done here.

So, the 4th annual BookA-Day Challenge encourages educators to read a book a day during summer break.  I think it’s aimed primarily at classroom teachers to “give us an opportunity to recommit to reading, explore new books for our students, or dive into the books that pile up around our houses during the year.”  But as a reader and a coordinator, I think it’s important to model reading for those I can influence, whether it’s other educators, former students, or my nephews.  Therefore, I’m ready to dive in and do my best to meet this challenge.  The books can be picture books, novels (children’s, YA, and adult), graphic novels, non-fiction, professional reading, and even poetry anthologies.  Because I work through most of the summer, my time frame starts June 1st and ends on the first day of school, August 25.  Including weekends, because those really are my days off, my magic number is 38.  I’m sure quite a few of those will be picture books, but I don’t want to really on those and pad my numbers.  And I really want to have a variety of books.  I’ve been so focused on children’s lit lately, I’ve neglected adult fiction and professional reading.  I hope to make those a good part of my summer reading.

Here are pics of most of the books I hope to read between now and August 25.  Most of my professional books are either at work or on my iPad, so I’ll have to refine that list later.  And as you can see, my adult books definitely need to be added to.  There are plenty on my Goodreads; just have to figure out what I want to accomplish this summer.  And some books I’ll read on my Nook, mainly when I’m in a plane or a car for an extended period of time.  I’ll continue to listen to audiobooks.  In fact, I just raided the library at one of our elementary schools.  Not sure if I’ll count those or not.

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