Howard Gardner, My Gifted focused PGP and Nasa’s PBIL course

My mind is buzzing…
If you were to ask me what I have on deck…it would sound crazy.  I am sort of navigating a learning storm that is leading me, I know, to becoming a stronger teacher.

First, yesterday, we had our Gifted professional development day.  WOW!  To be in a room filled with educators of the gifted…that alone got me.  The passion and experience they have for stretching, innovation, encouraging creativity and advocating for the gifted children is like a huge wave that is energetic, refreshing…and yet, overwhelming.

There are changes coming down the Florida gateway. It is interesting to learn that Gifted is not mandated…that some of our most creative and innovative leaders are gifted and their proven insight will be linked to our countries future…but yet…gifted can go by the wayside when funding issues arise.

I’m going to jump everywhere because I have a lot on my plate.

HOWARD GARDNER ON COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SCHOOL REFORM (Future of Education Series)
Tue 13 Sep 08:00PM New York / Wed 14 Sep 12:00AM GMT / Wed 14 Sep 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon on Tuesday, September 13th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Harvard professor and well-known author Howard Gardner. In particular, we are going to talk about the new edition of his 1991 book, The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach, looking at school reform from the perspective of cognitive science.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171686

Tonight I listened in on ‘The Future of Education” free webinar featuring…YES!!! Howard Gardner!  The Howard Gardner of the Multiple Intelligences!  It was unbelievable to listen to how he came about writing on the MIs and his thoughts on current education.  As a psychologist…Piagetian….he is open about his beliefs yet there was a sense of humbleness.  I intend to read up on The Unschooled Mind and found it interesting that our American education seems to be lacking in teaching for ‘understanding’ – more facts and definitions. Which I can see.

This all links to GSP teaching and best practices…which interestingly enough I had my book open for my GSP Endorsement class and was reading HG’s MI theories and implications for gifted.  There were recommendations on how to implement a MI based classroom with 10 tips…I will talk about those more tomorrow because I think I have found MY PGP!!!!



This also links to my NASA PBIL course that I am in the middle of.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted to participate back when I was an educator at KSC DWN Education department and have continued to learn more now that I’m back in the classroom.  If you aren’t familiar with NASA’s free certification programs…get connected.  They are wonderful on-line learning courses that truly have been encouraging and stretching!  They are set up in ways that really support your learning and give you time to share your work and creations to get feedback to improve.  I’m learning a lot.  PBIL is also linked to best practices for Gifted and hopefully I can incorporate this into my PGP.

I do have way too much on my plate though.  I need to figure out how to get more balance and I feel I am missing my children.  In England, I learned the difference between “living to work” and “working to live”.  I feel I am back in the fast paced of ‘living to work’ and am working very quickly to get ahead of the way so I can return to having a more balanced life with my family as the focused.

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