I've decided to expand on a previous post about Twitter Gifted Chats. They are wonderful ways to connect with other parents, educators, advocates and organizations about the issues currently facing gifted children and their parents.
Gifted chats happen on Fridays at noon and 7pm EST. Topics have included asynchronous development, twice exceptional children, homework, finding inspiration, parent advocacy groups, intensity/overexcitability, advocacy and meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted children.
Sadly, I have only made two - and not by choice. The two I've attended have been bursting with reference materials, webpages to access, tips and ideas about the various topics. But more importantly, they've been filled with people, all of whom have gifted children in their lives, and the common threads between us have inspired hope in all.
These chats are open to anyone interested in gifted issues facing children today - the only thing you need to do is join Twitter and find Deborah Mersino - who facilitates them. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend you read through her blog posts from the past few weeks to give yourself an idea of how fortunate we all are to have her spearheading these chats.
Here's a mini step-by-step guide to get yourself to Twitter gifted chats:
Create an account at Twitter.
Find Deborah Mersino and follow her. @DeborahMersino is her Twitter username. Here is a link to Deborah's background if you would like to learn a little about her.
Watch her tweets for polls on #gtchat polls early each week, then vote!
Check back on Thursday to see what topics will appear at either noon or 7pm that Friday.
Show up at Twitter on Fridays by typing #gtchats into the search box 1/3 of the way down the right sidebar.
Save that search.
Click on #gtchat at the time of the chats and follow along or provide your own input! Just make sure to add #gtchat somewhere in each tweet.
It's that easy. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help setting up an account on Twitter - it's pretty easy, but I remember feeling far afield of comprehension when I first created my account. You can also follow me there! - @gifts2love.
Happy Sunday - and I hope so see you at a Twitter Gifted Chat sometime soon.
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