November 3, 2014

GIFTED in FRANCE

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
- Thomas Edison

SCAVENGER HUNT AT THE MUSÉE DES ARTS ET MÉTIERS
with Matt Black 
Sunday November 16, 2014, 14h00-16h00
Presented by GiF's Little Mad Scientists' Club
Ages 7-10 years-old

Calling all our budding scientists for a scavenger hunt with Matt Black at the Musée des Arts et Métiers on Sunday November 16, 2014, 14h00-16h00. 
"What is Foucault’s Pendulum?  Where is the Marly Machine?  What does a Magdebourg Hemisphere do?  Who dug the Channel Tunnel?  Hidden in central Paris, in an old church, is a little-known gem of a museum – the Musée des Arts et Métiers (a museum of science and technology).  In it you can find everything from cars cut in half, planes made of cloth and computers the size of your bedroom to robot dolls, jet engines and microscopes from nearly five hundred years ago.  Come along with Matt Black on a scavenger hunt to find treasures of the history of science and technology from the eras of Galileo, Lavoisier and Edison to the present day!” 

How to reserve your spot? Please be sure to follow steps 1-3 below. First come, first served. 

Members have priority.

  1. Musée des Arts et Métiers Please note the age group, location and date, then email Cretha at gifmadscientists@gmail.com  Subject: Scavenger Hunt
  2. Registration: fill out the online registration form by clicking here . 
  3. Participation fee, 12€, must be received in advance to confirm your spot. Check payable to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016.  Please note that payment is non-refundable as we have fixed costs associated with this activity. Thank you for helping us stay organized. We can not accept registration or payment on day of event.
  4. Location: Musée des Arts et Métiers, 75003. Matt's event will last one hour; parents and children can continue with the visit or chose to meet up for a gouter near the museum. 
About Matt Black:  Matt has been a professional educator for two decades, and has always loved making science fun for kids.  His interactive programs incorporate humor, observation, movement, music, and multisensory and experiential learning.  Matt is a science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School in Paris, and has previously served as an educator and program director for the Connecticut Audubon Society and the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut.  He was formerly on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association, and has also served as a lecturer at Yale University and with the Yale Alumni College Abroad program.  He is also a children’s musician here in Paris and seldom presents a science program without a musical footnote.  You can learn more about Matt at www.musicwithmattblack.com.

As always, thank you for your support and interest.

Best regards,

Helen Sahin Connelly
President,
Gifted in France
giftedinfrance@gmail.com
giftedinfrance.blogspot.com

June 9, 2014

Event Reminder:

Dear Friends and colleagues,

This is a reminder of ICIE's upcoming conference on Education, Innovation and Creativity.  We are looking forward to welcoming you on July 7-10. The full program is now available, click here to access the website, or click here to download it. For a quick reference: see pages 9-12 for the schedule of keynotes, parallel sessions and symposia. See pages 15-23 for a detailed explanation of parallel sessions and keynotes. Please pass the word to others who may benefit from this conference.


11th International Conference on Excellence in Education
Université Paris Descartes, Gifted in France, Paris College of Art & European institute of
 Education and Social Policy invite you to:
  The Creativity –Innovation Challenge 
        July 7-10, 2014

Special rate for local participants and friends of GiF: 200€,  contact Beth at beth@icieworld.net
In addition to these keynote speakers, there will be numerous parallel sessions with talks by researchers and educators from many countries.

Local Registration Discount:  Beth Dawson, beth@icieworld.net or Helen Sahin Connelly at giftedinfrance@gmail.com
Website:
 www.paris.icieconference.net/
Follow us on Twitter & Facebook
Conference Venue:    
Université Paris Descartes
Centre  Henri Piéron
71, avenue Edouard Vaillant 
92774 Boulogne-Billancourt Paris, France
More info Contact: Dr. Taisir Subhi Yamin
email: taisir@icieworld.net
Map of location:    http://tinyurl.com/qartgt9
Metro stop:            Line 9, Marcel-Sembat


Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population. In addition to meetings for adults, GiF also provides activities for children including the Little Mad Scientists' Club and the annual Paris Spelling Bee

As always, thank you for your continued support and interest.

Kind regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President,GiF

May 18, 2014

GIFTED IN FRANCE
May 18, 2014

Dear Friends,

Please join us for these upcoming meetings as well as enriching activities for kids, teens and adults.  First, a presentation on Gifted 101, Thursday May 22, to help educate parents, teachers and the general public about the common characteristics of gifted children. Then, a recorded webinar on Solutions for the Anxious child, Monday May 26, to tackle stress, what it is and how to manage it for kids and teens especially during these last several weeks of school. 

Also, thanks to our friends at the American Library in Paris for co-hosting the upcoming Spelling Hornet- Slang Spelling Bee night for teens, Friday May 23 as part of their awesome Friday teen night series and for the library’s amazing presentation on Starstruck! Beautiful Astronomy Images from APOD,  for ages 12-99! Tuesday June 17.  Please click on the indicated links below to reserve your spot and for more information on each event. 

Finally, check out the details for the 11th International Conference on Innovation and Education, July 7-10. Friends of Gifted in France and local participants qualify for discount. List of keynote speakers and all links are below. The conference for parents, teachers, administrators, university students, etc., is organised in collaboration with Gifted in France, and Université Paris Descartes and Paris College of Art. 
  
FOR ADULTS
FOR KIDS, TEENS

Gifted 101
Thursday May 22 @12h00 & 19h30

Click here to RSVP. giftedinfrance@gmail.com Subject: Gifted 101, Location: Paris 75016. more info…

Creepy Crawlies (7-9 years old)
Sunday May 18 @14h45

gifmadscientists@gmail.com Subject: Creepy Crawlies, Location: Champs de Mars. More info


Laying Waste to the Elephant in the Living Room: Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child
Monday, May 26 @12h00 and 19h30 

Click here to RSVP
giftedinfrance@gmail.com Subject: Solutions. Location: Paris 75016. More info…


Spelling Hornet (12-18 years-old)
(Slang spelling bee fun night for teens!)
Friday May 23  @19h00


To RSVP email: rhoads@americanlibraryinparis.org Subject: Spelling Hornet, Location: American Library in Paris. More info…

ICIE Paris 2014 Conference Creativity-Innovation
July 7-10, 2014

contact: Beth beth@icieworld.net for discounts for local participants. Location: Université Paris Descartes, Boulogne-Billancourt

Starstruck: Beautiful Astronomy Images from APOD. (12+ & Adults)
Tuesday June 17, @19h30

To RSVP email:
rsvp@americanlibraryinparis.org, with the subject heading: APOD program. Location: American Library in Paris. More info




































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Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population. In addition to meetings for adults, GiF also provides activities for children including the Little Mad Scientists' Club and the annual Paris Spelling Bee
As always, thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President/Founder, GiF
Coordinator, Paris Spelling Bee


May 14, 2014

GIFTED IN FRANCE
May 14, 2014
 "I asked mom if I was a gifted child. 
She said they certainly wouldn't have paid for me."
 ~Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes) 

Dear Friends,

You are invited to join us for a meeting on understanding gifted children and their common and not so common characteristics. It will be held on Thursday May 22, 2014.  Choose from either midday or evening session. You are welcome to join us even if you've already attended this meeting in the past. 
Please feel free to pass the word to others who might be interested.

Gifted 101
Thursday May 22, 2014

Two presentations, choose one: 
Midday: 12h00-14h00 (Bring your lunch)
Evening 19h45-21h00 (Bring a small snack or a drink to add to the nibbles)
Location:  Paris 75016, Near Maison Radio France.  
IMPORTANT: Click here to reserve your spot. RSVP closes May 19. Space is limited, event is held at a private residence.
Participation Fee: Free for current GiF members and current Message members, 10€ for non-members. 
Payment needs to be mailed in advance to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016. 

Two DVD presentations featuring, James T. Webb, 45 minutes each:
Followed by a brief discussion and getting to know other parents. 

A. IS MY CHILD GIFTED? IF SO, WHAT CAN I EXPECT? (45 mins)
  
"Dr.Webb describes the most common basic characteristics of gifted children and shows how/why some of these traits can actually result in underachievement, power struggles and failure to be recognized as bright."

B. D
O GIFTED CHILDREN NEED SPECIAL HELP (40 mins)
  
"As they enter school, gifted children are frequently criticized for the very characteristics that make them who they are. Dr. Webb describes the traits, common behaviors, and challenges for gifted children from preschool through adolescence."

Resources: 
1. A useful book that is often used as a companion to the DVD is called: A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children, by Webb, Gore, Amend and DeVries.) I'll have a copy or two you can have a look at. 
2. What is Giftednesshttp://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=574&ir
3. Gifted 101http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/gifted_101.htm

Join us! The Creativity - Innovation Challenge, July 7-10, 2014 


Paris College of Art, Gifted in France and Université Paris Descartes invite you to attend the 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education: Parents, educators, psychologists, administrators, university students and policy makers are invited to join presenters and keynote speakers from across the globe for discussions and workshops on several main themes on education trends, policies and best practices.  Keynote speakers include experts from Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK, the United States and UNESCO. Click here for a list of keynote speakers.  Discounted registration fees apply to local participants and friends of Gifted in France; please contact beth@icieworld.net. Follow us on Twitter  and on Facebook
Conference location: 
Université Paris Descartes
Centre  Henri Piéron
71, avenue Edouard Vaillant
92774 Boulogne-Billancourt

Thanks so much for your continued support. 
Best regards, 
Helen Sahin Connelly
President, GiF

GIFTED in FRANCE
May 7, 2014
”I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers 
and pretend they were diamond rings,"
 ~Loretta Lynn 

LITTLE MAD SCIENTISTS' CLUB presents
                                      photo by HSC
CREEPY CRAWLIES With Matt Black
(Ages 7-9 years-old)
Sunday May 18, 2014
14h45-16h30
RSVP: Mandatory
First come, first served, space limited to 12 children,
GiF members have priority 

Creepy Crawlies:  You may live in a city, but there is a hidden world of animals right at our feet - buzzing bees, crawling ants and creeping critters in every direction. Did you know that for every person living in Paris, there are many millions of insects living here too? Come join Matt Black for a close-up investigation of these tiny and wonderful creatures that are all around us. We'll learn to tell the difference between insects, spiders, and "something else's" and then go see what real bugs we can find! 

How to reserve your spot? Please be sure to follow steps 1-3 below.
  1. Please note the age group, location and date, then email Cretha and Cristiana at gifmadscientists@gmail.com  Subject: CREEPY CRAWLIES
  2. Registration: to fill out the online registration form click here.
  3. Participation fee, 12€, first come, first served. Check payable to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016. Confirmation is sent once payment is received. Please note that payment is non-refundable as we have fixed costs associated with this activity. Thank you for helping us stay organized.
  4. Location: on Champs de Mars, exact location will be emailed after confirmation.
  5. For this event, parents need to stay on the premises during the event, which is one hour long, followed by a gouter. 
This is the last session with Matt, until we start up again in the fall. We are looking forward to planning more outings and activities for Little Mad Scientists in addition to starting up a Science Club for Girls!

Related articles:
About Matt Black:  Matt Black has been a professional educator for two decades, and has always loved making science fun for kids.  His interactive programs incorporate humor, observation, movement, music, and multisensory and experiential learning.  Matt is a science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School in Paris, and has previously served as an educator and program director for the Connecticut Audubon Society and the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut.  He was formerly on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association, and has also served as a lecturer at Yale University and with the Yale Alumni College Abroad program.  He is also a children’s musician here in Paris and seldom presents a science program without a musical footnote.  You can learn more about Matt at www.musicwithmattblack.com.

The Creativity - Innovation Challenge, July 7-10, 2014 

Paris College of Art, Gifted in France and Université Paris Descartes invite you to attend the 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education: Parents, educators, psychologists, administrators, university students and policy makers are invited to join presenters and keynote speakers from across the globe for discussions and workshops on several main themes on education trends, policies and best practices.
Keynote speakers include experts from Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK, the United States and UNESCO. Click here for a list of keynote speakers.
Discounted registration fees apply to local participants and friends of Gifted in France; please contact beth@icieworld.net. Follow us on Twitter  and on Facebook
Conference location: 
Université Paris Descartes
Centre  Henri Piéron
71, avenue Edouard Vaillant
92774 Boulogne-Billancourt

Thanks so much for your continued support.
Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
giftedinfrance.blogspot.com