Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Session 2 - Question 3

From this section of reading what ideas or web-sites would you like to learn more? Why? Give page numbers for each site.

Session 2 - Question 2

From this session of reading select 3 web-sites in your teaching field that you could see yourself using with gifted students. State the page numbers and why you selected the sites.

Session 2 - Question 1

Check out 2 web-sites that when you read about them reminded you of a gifted student(s) that would have enjoyed working with the sites. What did you think of the site and why? Give the page numbers of the sites.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Session 1 - Question 3

From the section you just read what ideas or competitions would you like to explore more and why?  Give reference to the page numbers.

Session 1 – Question 2

Select two competition descriptions mentioned in the reading up to page 68 that are in your subject area or grade level.  Go onto their website and discover new information to post in your blog posting i.e. user friendly, graphs, clarity.  Give the page numbers in the book regarding the sites you visited when describing your experiences.

Session 1 - Question 1

What ideas or thoughts were new to you from the reading through Chapter 1 (pgs. 1-23)?  Explain your answer and site page numbers.

Instructions on Blogging:

1) Click on "comments" below the post (question) to which you want to respond. Type your comment in the box. If you write a lot, you can use the light gray bar to scroll up and down within the comment box.
2) When you finish typing your comment, click on the little black arrow beside "Select profile…"Choose "Name/URL" which is near the bottom of your choices.
3) In the box under "Name:" type in what you want to be known as in our book study and use the same name for each post. You can use your first name and last initial or last name and first initial (nicknames are fine provided we know who you are in the beginning so you will receive credit for your posts) – something that lets us know who you are. (For example, I'd probably call myself BarbaraC or BCofer.)
4) Leave the URL box blank and click on "Continue”. You’ll notice that whatever you typed in replaced "Select profile…"
5) Now click on "Post Comment". Another box will pop up for word verification. This step prevents spam from being posted by other computers on blogs. Just type the word, or combination of letters, that you are given in the box.
6) Then click "Finish". If you didn't quite get the word/letter right, it will give you a different word. It might take a minute or two, but then your comment will be posted with the date and time. You'll know your comment is posted because you'll get a notice saying it was, and the comment will appear on the page, just below the other's post.
7) Hint: The blog page does not have spell check. In addition, there have been times when the blog page “hiccupped”, losing the response you typed in the comment box. To reduce frustration, protect your thoughts, and allow for spell check, we advise that you compose your response in Microsoft Word (or other word processing software) and then copy and paste it into the comment box for step 1 under these instructions.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Course Requirements:

This course is set up differently as compared to previous books studies that you may have participated in the past.  The requirements/expectations are as follows:
·         read the assigned pages
·         select different competition websites from each of the reading selections
·         go on-line and check out more information about the sites you selected
·         blog about the experiences from your selected websites
·         respond to a minimum of two fellow participants findings

Academic Competitions for Gifted Students Second Edition

This book covers 170 academic competitions in numerous content areas for K-12 students. The authors include tips on how to use this handy reference guide, criterion used to select events that match students’ education needs, strategies for maximizing the benefits of competitions, as well as the impact in the lives of students who participate in academic competitions.