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 Gifted Awareness Week 2011
13-19 June
#NZGAW
More than 6,000 blog page views!
Blog Tour contributions organised by date - we would love to schedule as many blog posts on giftedness as we can, to help organise wide readership for every post. Book by e-mailing mail4mary@xtra.co.nz.

The 2012 blog tour is now accepting bookings.
For maximum exposure, it will be useful if all blog posts can link back to this page, http://ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/443/. Use any of the images on this page, or a plain text link. If a button style is preferred, you could use the button below:


Thanks to all supporting the blog tour on Twitter! This is not just mine, it is all of yours as well! 


Posts by Members of Parliament will be in bold type, to help you with your voting decision this year.
Posts already published are in italics. Some may need to start early due to commitments during GAW.
Name of blogger or organisation
Date of post
URL of blog
 Likely topic connected with giftedness
Comments
 WAGC  29 May
http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com
/2011/05/29/whats-in-a-name/
 Is "gifted" the right word?
 Waikato
guest bloggers welcome

 giftEDnz  30 May http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/blog/
anne.sturgess/read/55922/whats-
meaningful-about-meaningful-learning 
 Meaningful learning  
 giftEDnz  31 May http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/blog/
anne.sturgess/read/56490/did-you-
know-that
 Did you know?  
 Hon. Sue Moroney 1 June  http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/
2011/06/01/gifted-awareness-week-a
-time-for-questions/
 Labour raises key questions about gifted children's needs not being met in some schools.  
WAGC   2 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/
replying-to-hon-sue-moroney/
 Replying to Sue Moroney  Waikato guest bloggers welcome
Tracy Riley  2 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/02/tracy-riley-responds-to-sue-moroney/
  Replying to Sue Moroney Guest blogger 
Mary St George   4 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/04/are-rural-needs-different-in-gifted-education/
 Rural needs. Will host 
Mary St George   4 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/04/gifted-resources-online-where-to-start/
Gifted resources online – where to start? Will host
Sue Breen   5 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/05/gifted-and-sidelined/
 Gifted and Sidelined! Guest blogger 
 WAGC  6 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/06
/graphic-advocacy-for-gifted-kids/
 Graphic Advocacy for Gifted Kids  Will host
 Debbie Smith  6 June http://thinkersonline.wordpress.com/2011/06/06
/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/
 Thoughts on cultural shift, between understandings, learning environments and nations.  
 Janine Logan  7 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/06
/national-standards-and-the-gifted-child-from-a-parents-perspective/ 
Questions on testing to inform from a parent's perspective.   
 Mona Chicks  8 June http://lifewithintensity.blogspot.com/2011/06
/top-ten-things-i-wish-teachers.html
 An international parent's perspective. 1000+ views
 Rochelle Campbell  9 June  http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/09/in-search-of-the-right-soil/
 Parenting a gifted preschooler with intense sensitivity to sound. Guest blogger. 
 Sonia White  9 June http://giftedchatter.blogspot.com/2011/06
/gifted-awareness-week-what-value.html
 An education consultant explores the value of giftedness.  
 Lynley McMillan  9 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/09/workaholics-were-sure-theyre-bad-right/
 Workaholism 1 of 3
Likely to be of high interest to parents of gifted kids.
  Guest blogger. 
 Lynley McMillan 10 June  http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/09/when-opposites-attract/
 Workaholism 2 of 3
When you are workaholic and your partner isn't.
  Guest blogger.
 Mona Chicks  10 June http://lifewithintensity.blogspot.com/2011/06
/living-with-sensory-intensity.html
 Sensory intensity, a parent's view. International contributor.  
 Mary St George  10 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/10/nzgaw-the-other-online-dimension/
 Skype Chats - the other online dimension of #NZGAW Will host
 Hon. Rodney Hide  10 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/
2011/06/10/guest-blogger-hon-rodney-hide/
The Associate Minister of Education expresses his support.  Guest
  Lynley McMillan  11 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/10/is-it-natural/ 
  Workaholism 3 of 3 - Could workaholism be natural, or even adaptive?   Guest blogger.
 Janine Logan  11 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/11/parenting-the-gifted-the-challenge-of-perfectionism/
  Parenting the Gifted – the Challenge of Perfectionism Guest blogger. 
 Mona Chicks 11 June  http://lifewithintensity.blogspot.com/2011/06
/psycho-motor-intensity-keeps-us-moving.html
Psychomotor intensity: a child in constant motion.   
  Lynley McMillan  12 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/11/relentless-perfectionism/

  Perfectionism 1 of 2
Relentless Perfectionism
  Guest blogger.
 Mary St George 12 June  http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/12/what-do-twice-exceptional-children-need/

 How are twice exceptional children best supported by teachers, friends and family? 1000+ views
 Kathy Williams  13 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/13/welcome-to-gifted-awareness-week/
Gifted Awareness Week officially begins today. Kathy sends a word of welcome.  Guest blogger.
  Lynley McMillan   13 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/12/perfectionism-and-the-art-of-discernment/
  Perfectionism 2 of 3
How discerning use of perfectionism can work in our favour.
  Guest blogger.
 Elaine Le Sueur
 13 June
http://www.universityonwheels.org/blog/2011_06
_gifted-awareness-week-2011.html

 Recognising and differentiating for high potential.
 
  Elaine Le Sueur 13 June  http://www.universityonwheels.org/blog/2011_06
_ignorance-is-bliss-yeah-right.html
 The importance of teacher professional development.  
 Brainhugger  13 June  http://brainhugger.com/2011/06/12/2e-creativity
-twice-exceptional/
 The Gift of Creativity - On Creative Twice Exceptional People. International.  
Anne Sturgess   13 June http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/blog/anne.sturgess/
read/61634/to-praise-or-not-to-praise
 How not to talk to your kids - On praise.  
  Anne Sturgess 
via
Robyn Boswell
 13 June http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/blog/anne.sturgess/
read/61652/future-problem-solving-results-from-robyn-boswell
Amazing results from New Zealand's Future Problem Solving teams - Congratulations! Congrat-
ulations!
Sonia White    13 June http://giftedchatter.blogspot.com/2011/06/nz-gifted-students-world-beaters-again.html Further Congratulations to our teams. Congrat-
ulations!
 David Whitehead  14 June
http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/13/of-little-birds-and-no-fly-zones/

 A lecturer in education shares a memory as the parent of a gifted child.   Guest blogger
 Jo Freitag  14 June  http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?p=2371  Greetings from a fabulous online collaborator across the ditch!  
Tracy Riley   14 June http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/blog/TracyRiley/read
/61916/teachers-of-the-gifted-or-gifted-teachers
Associate Professor Tracy Riley remembers a teacher who inspired her and poses questions.   
 Mary St George   14 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/14/celebrating-collaboration/
Great teamwork for a great event this Saturday.  
 Elaine le Sueur  14 June http://universityonwheelsorg.blogspot.com/
2011/06/making-difference.html
Making a difference - have you tended your garden yet today?  
 Mona Chicks  14 June http://lifewithintensity.blogspot.com/2011/06/
creating-is-way-of-life.html

Imaginational Intensity. "Reality feeds his imagination. Soon his imagination will be feeding reality."  
 Susanne Thomas
 15 June
http://buildingwingspan.blogspot.com/2011/06/
building-wing-span-finding-curriculum.html

Finding curricular materials to homeschool gifted children. International Perspective.
 Will host
 Tim Dracup
 15 June
http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/
school-vouchers-and-gifted-education-part-one/

International Perspective on a proposed NZ Policy. Useful to consider in an election year.
 
 Rebecca Howell
 15 June
http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/15/gifted-and-very-active-young-children/

 Gifted and very active young children. International Perspective.
 Guest blogger
 Lisa Lauffer  15 June
http://deepwaterscoaching.com/blog/?p=111   Parents of the gifted often become aware of their own gifts. International perspective.  
Elaine Le Sueur   15 June http://universityonwheelsorg.blogspot.com/
2011/06/super-learning-environment.html
Social Emotional needs and learning environment.  
Rosemary Cathcart  15 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/15/why-are-we-still-asking-questions-the-real-challenge-for-teachers/

On perennial questions in gifted education.   Guest blogger
Leslinks  15 June http://innreach.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/
on-giftedness-a-few-activities-a-little-fun-and-keeping-the-spark-alive/

International Perspective, with suggested activities for children
 
Elaine Le Sueur   16 June http://universityonwheelsorg.blogspot.com/2011/
06/recognising-gifted-sense-of-humour.html

Appealing to gifted children's sense of humour.  
Marg Frauenstein  16 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/16/when-paths-merge-homeschooled-students-joining-the-mainstream/

An ex-homeschool parent's perspective, about her children's transition to school when the need arose.   Guest blogger
 Hon. Catherine Delahunty  16 June http://blog.greens.org.nz/2011/06/16/
gifted-awareness-week/

 The Green Party's spokesperson for education acknowledges the impact of cuts and National Standards.  
 Paul, father of two.   16 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/16/gifted-%E2%80%93-a-parent%E2%80%99s-perspective/

Parenting perspective, including why one lad refused to write!  
 Roya Klingner
 16 June
http://begabungs.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/the-gifted-awareness-week-in-new-zealand-2011/
 Solution Oriented Coaching for gifted kids. International Perspective.
 
 Lisa Rivero
 16 June
http://everydayintensity.com/2011/06/16/
raising-gifted-children-proof-and-patience/

 International perspective on patience, parenting, and one man's passion.
 
 Lisa Conrad  16 June http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/2011/
06/this-is-our-moment-retrospective.html

 International Perspective. "This is our moment," writes Lisa. My response? Carpe diem!  
 IMACS  16 June
http://www.eimacs.com/blog/?p=151
 International Parenting Perspective on mathematically gifted preschoolers.  Guest blogger
 Elaine Le Sueur 17 June http://universityonwheelsorg.blogspot.com/2011/
06/provoking-change.html

 Provoking change.  
 Janine Logan
 17 June
http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06/
18/a-parent’s-perspective-the-education-system-and-the-gifted-child-in-nz/

 Parenting perspective.
 Guest blogger
  Rachel Burnett  17 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/
17/drama-for-the-gifted-student/
 Young adult perspective on drama for the gifted student. Guest blogger 
 Carol Fertig  17 June http://resources.prufrock.com/GiftedChildInformat
ionBlog/tabid/57/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/
472/Default.aspx

 Careers in science and engineering for the gifted.  
Shane Ngatai 
 17 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/
17/maori-dimensions-of-leadership-and-giftedness/

Maori dimensions of leadership and giftedness.
 
Tim Dracup   17 June http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2011/06/17
/school-vouchers-and-gifted-education-part-two/

Tim's analysis of the possibilities of voucher scheme policies for gifted education, part 2.  
 Jim Langabeer  18 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/18/music-a-safe-haven/

A musician shares some thoughts on teaching music and some childhood memories.    Guest blogger 
 Jack Logan   18 June  http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/18/a-childs-perspective/
 Art, photographs and opinions from a ten-year-old. Guest blogger  
  Susanne Thomas   18 June  http://buildingwingspan.blogspot.com/2011/06
/building-wing-span-adapting-curriculum.html
 Adapting curriculum for the gifted. International homeschool perspective.  
  Kim Ngoc Minh   18 June http://www.1vietnamedu.com/2011/06/
gifted-education-vietnam-and.html

 An Asian Perspective.  Kim Ngoc Minh is a Master's degree candidate in gifted education.  
  Stephanie St George   18 June http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06
/18/an-opportunity-in-science-for-young-new-zealanders/ 
  A science opportunity for young gifted New Zealanders.   Guest blogger
 Karin Jury  19 June
http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/2011/06/18
/whats-happening-in-schools/

 An account of what is happening in one New Zealand school.   Guest blogger
  Mary St George   19 June http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06
/19/the-next-big-thing/
  The next big thing - passing the baton to the First World Gifted & Talented Awareness Day, 9 August, 2011, via the photoquotes project.  
 Jonathan Wai  19 June
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201106/how-do-you-measure-intellectual-giant
 How do you measure an intellectual giant? International Perspective.  
It is possible that we may still hear from a few bloggers who found that they were busier that expected during the blog tour. These include Zoe, a young musician; Lea, a creative teacher who may share a  Maori perspective; Jessie Fuamatu, with a Pasifika perspective; and Prof. Roger Moltzen, someone we all know and love within the gifted advocacy movement in New Zealand.
If you plan to run your own blog tour, here are my comments based on the lessons learnt in this one: 
http://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/nzgaw-blog-tour-the-lessons-learnt/


Blog Posts from GAWs past
2009
Hon. Heather Roy: http://roy.org.nz/royters/gifted-awareness-week and http://roy.org.nz/royters/gifted-and-talented-wilford-school
Hon. Trevor Mallard: http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2009/06/08/talented-tolley-will-cut-your-funding/comment-page-1/ 
Upper Clutha S.T.A.R. Programme: http://staruc.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/celebrating-gifted-awareness-week-14-20-june/
Waikato Association for Gifted Children: http://waikatogifted.wordpress.com/category/gifted-awareness-week/
2010
Hon. Heather Roy: http://roy.org.nz/royters/gifted-awareness-week-0 and http://www.roy.org.nz/royters/new-zealands-gifted-and-talented-students-are-world-leaders 
Hon. Trevor Mallard: http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/04/07/gifted-and-talented-what-do-standards-mean-for-these-kids/ 
Hon. Catherine Delahunty: http://blog.greens.org.nz/2010/06/16/gifted-awareness-week-despite-funding-cuts/
Gifted in SA: http://giftedinsa.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-zealand-question-answer-time.html
St Francis Diving Deeper: http://sfxdivivgdeeper.blogspot.com/2011/05/collectors-day-2010.html
Hands UP!: http://handsupnz.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/gifted-awareness-week-june-14-20/
Central Stars: http://staronedayschool.blogspot.com/2010/06/gifted-awareness-week-what-does-it-mean.html

If you've blogged fabulously in previous GAWs, and I've missed it, just drop me a link. Now let's create a blogstorm for GAW 2011!

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