We had a fun session of Qwirkle today in the Day 5 group of Problem Solving.  This was a new game to many, so it took a little while for each of us to get started.  Here is a link to the game:  Qwirkle

Sarah Beth said, “The game uses a lot of strategy like chess.”

However, Matt P. wasn’t as confident with her assessment.  He responded, “It’s not as intense.”

John C. who observed since he stopped by for a moment to check-in replied, “It looks interesting.”

Noah L. walked into class and exclaimed, “Yes! Qwirkle!  I love Qwirkle.”

I think this is a game we will continue to explore in Problem Solving.   It does require logic and strategy to build upon the grid with the pieces.  “Qwirkle!” is something we all wanted to be able to say today because it means 12 points which we all wanted.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Annual Conference 2011

The 2011 PDE Conference is Jan. 11-14 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey.  This conference is FREE for parents with children who have IEPs or GIEPS. Parents who have a GIEP for their child are only eligible for a registration fee scholarship and the deadline is January 3, 2011.  The final deadline for the Registration Fee Parent Scholarships is Jan. 3.

What you need to do now:

1. Complete pp. 11-14 of the attached Conference Brochure.

This is the weblink: Conference Brochure

2. Send your completed forms by Jan. 3, 2011 to:

Ms. Dana Colson, PaTTAN

200 Anderson Road

King of Prussia, PA  19406

The primary focus of this conference centers around special education issues, but there are a few sessions devoted to gifted education.  The following sessions will be of interest to parents of gifted children:

Wed. Jan. 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Session #20,

“What Administrators Need to Know About Gifted Education”

Julia Roberts, Ph.D. Western Kentucky University

Thur. Jan. 13, 9:00 – 11:00 AM Session #26,

“Social and Emotional Needs of Children Who Are Gifted”

James T. Webb, Ph.D., President of Great Potential Press, Inc.

& founder of SENG (Supporting Emotional Need of the Gifted)

Thur. Jan. 13, 12:30 – 2:30 PM Session #35,

“Motivation and Underachievement”

James T. Webb, Ph.D., President of Great Potential Press, Inc.

& founder of SENG (Supporting Emotional Need of the Gifted)

See the attached conference brochure for a complete list of all sessions.  More conference details can be found at PaTTAN Conference Website Please use the PDE contact info below if you have any questions.

Millersville University Listserv for Parents of the Gifted

A colleague recently shared this Listserv opportunity for parents. This is a great online network for parents with gifted children. Here are the specifics:

Purpose and Guidelines

1.   To provide a forum for all parents and other interested individuals to share ideas, ask questions and discuss sound instructional practices for challenging the gifted

2.   To promote collaboration between interested individuals about opportunities for gifted individuals and to encourage on-going dialogue to aid those working/living with gifted individuals.

3.   To provide a network for parents and interested individuals to share and learn about gifted development and growth opportunities.

4.   To assist parents with suggestions for resources, materials, and procedures in development and implementation of gifted opportunities.

5.   No student names, educator names should be used to honor privacy issues and to protect the individuals.

6.   Comments shared are to be limited to educational practices, concerns for parenting gifted and program opportunities.

7.   Private issues and responses are to be sent to individual list members not to the “reply all” option.

8.   Products or comments expressed on this site do not constitute an endorsement by or reflect the opinions of the hosting organization.

Listserv Application Form

Applications should be sent with the following information:

1.   Email:


2.   Place the following message in the text box:

Subscribe gifted-parents first name last name

Put your real name in place of the italics above. The spacing and dash placement are critical.

3.   You will get an email response that your request was forwarded to the list owner for approval.

4.   Once you are approved, you will get a lengthy email with instructions on how to send mail, unsubscribe and other information.

5.   From that time forward, you will receive messages posted on the Parent site.

6.   Messages will be archived and can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of each email.

The application will indicate that you have read the goal statements of the listserv and will adhere to guidelines presented.

Let’s Get This Blog Started….

Welcome to the middle school gifted blog.  This will hopefully become the one stop shop for all things gifted for the Penn Manor gifted students.  My goal was to have this up and running much sooner, but somehow time got away from me.  Oops!

I have links on the right side → with information for both students and parents.  I hope you find them helpful.  If you find any trouble with the links, please send me an email, so I can check it.

More information to follow in the next posting.