Friday, December 18, 2009

What are we thankful for?

Gifted Exchange will be taking a holiday break starting next week, and be back in 2010. This past year has been a big one for us. We passed our 4-year anniversary, and have now tallied more than 400 posts! Through the "Facets of Gifted Education" series earlier this year, we got to meet a wide variety of people involved in gifted education, from teachers to publishers to kids.

We've covered a variety of woes in the gifted education world, but as part of the holiday season's focus on joy and gratitude, I'd love to hear from people about things that are going right. If you know a school, a program, an accommodation, etc., that's worked really well, I'd love to hear about it. I want to thank everyone for reading this blog, and hope you have a fantastic holiday season and New Year!


Kevin said...

My 13-yer-old son was allowed a schedule at a private school (not for the gifted, and with a reputation for being an "arts" school) to take 8th grade Drama, Honors Algebra 2, and Programming this year, which has made him happier than last year. The algebra still goes a little slowly for him, so his teacher is lending him a circuits book to learn the matrix representation for resistor networks. (He's not quite ready for the full differential equation form of circuits.)

Jeremy said...

This is a fantastic blog, well written and informative, with lots of good comments too. Thanks for making it great.

We're having an excellent year with our two daughters (6 and 8). They're enrolled in our school district's home-learning program, which also lets them attend the district's gifted program one afternoon per week. They love going to the gifted class -- it's the pull-out type you've occasionally derided here, with a focus on creativity and thinking skills.

They also got district IEPs that help us ensure that they're learning at the right levels, and not having to battle to do subject acceleration. They're both studying curriculum a grade or two above age level in certain areas, and regular curriculum in others, which is great for them.

I know homeschooling wouldn't be wonderful for everyone, but this is our second year, and we love it. The kids have SO much time to focus on their interests. We can cover the provided curriculum in less than an hour a day (even with subject acceleration), leaving the rest of the day for real life and real learning.

So I guess we're most thankful for the freedom to take this path with our gifted kids, with the support of the public school system. We even get funding ($1500) from the district for extracurricular activities, and the kids can go to a regular class once a week for help if they want it. I wonder how many families would take an option like this if it was offered in their district?

Anonymous said...

We are so very grateful that we discovered homeschooling this year. Our gifted 14-year-old is allowed to work at his own pace for the first time in his schooling career (both public and private). We're using an accredited online program that offers Advanced Placement courses and allows the students to complete the courses as they see fit--ten lessons a week or three lessons a month is all up to the student.

He's no longer the unpaid "junior teacher" to his classmates and he's not ostracized for understanding the information the first time around. HOORAY!

Heather said...

I teach gifted students in a pull-out program at a middle school - and for the first time, I have had a special education teacher recognize that one of her students is dually exceptional. We are pursuing methods of including him in both special education and gifted classes. What a blessing that the message is finally getting through!

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Anonymous said...

We are appreciative that homeschooling allows for radical acceleration and early college.