As we head towards Gifted Awareness Week, the blog schedule is filling up fast, and we have had exciting support from the international community. Look out for posts by Gifted Phoenix, Carol Fertig and Lisa Rivero, among others. Locally, names you will have heard before include Elaine Le Sueur and Sonia White from the world of giftedness, and Sue Moroney from the world of politics. We have names that may be less familiar as well. Shane Ngatai is well known in educational circles but hasn’t blogged on giftedness before. Lea Te Huia-Eastwood’s views may be new to those who haven’t enjoyed the privilege of teaching with her.
So who is not represented here? We still have relatively few of our top New Zealand names in giftedness – the people who speak at every conference. If you’re one of these people and you’re concerned that we’ve heard it all before, please remember that every year a fresh batch of people become parents of gifted children for the first time, and sooner or later, they’re going to want to know what is going on in the world of giftedness. Your views will be new to them. Every year a fresh batch of teachers hit our classrooms, notice gifted kids, and feel under-equipped. So before they get high enough up the food chain to be sent to anything but a beginning teachers’ seminar, we’d love some of your views to be put online for them.
We don’t have enough Māori views yet, and so far nobody has committed to sharing a Pasifika view. I haven’t even figured out who to approach for Asian views. I’m also trying very hard to get some views from special character schools – does giftedness have a special character there? As for politics, will Act and the Greens post again? Will we hear from National, United Future and the Māori Party? Or will Labour stand alone on the importance of our gifted learners?
We don’t have a single grandparent view yet, and more parent views, student views and twice exceptional views would be welcome. We have a couple of views specific to the arts, none to maths, and one to the sciences. People who don’t maintain a blog of their own are very welcome to e-mail their views. Waikato viewpoints can be hosted on the WAGC blog. Others can be hosted here or on a shiny new blog lent by one of the international community of #gtchat tweeple, Susanne Thomas.
Full schedule to date at http://ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/443/. Who can you help us find, or what can you offer? Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.