All Things Gifted

What is the LinkIt test?

What is the LinkIT test?   LinkIt! is not actually a specific test.  Instead, it’s a K-12 Assessment Solution, allowing administrators and/or teachers to build tests using the LinkIT test bank.  When creating a test, administrators can search by standard or skill, question type, difficulty, language, passage genre, passage length, passage complexity, and more. LinkIt has …

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Planning my Child’s Homeschooling Journey: From Birth Through Highschool

License: Creative Commons 3 – CC BY-SA 3.0 Attribution: Alpha Stock Images – http://alphastockimages.com/ Original Author: Nick Youngson – link to – http://www.nyphotographic.com/ Original Image: https://www.thebluediamondgallery.com/wooden-tile/p/planning.html I’ve spent more than half of my life preparing for my child’s homeschool journey.  The time has finally (almost) come to use this plan; Baby Voit is due in …

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We Made it: A Year of In-Person Learning Amidst COVID

Wow! It’s been quite a year.  The school year isn’t quite over, but it’s hard to resist taking a moment to reflect on the school year.  Construction in the middle of a pandemic was anything but easy, and I would have certainly thought that building this school would be my “great accomplishment” of the year.  …

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Nurturing the Potential of Gifted Children

Often mis-labeled as high-achievers, strivers, or simply “smart,” our gifted children are often misunderstood.  Giftedness comes with any number of misguided stereotypes — defined by their overexcitabilities, their sense of justice, an insatiable need to ask questions, or — worse — behavioral issues.  Researchers continue to redefine giftedness time and time again, searching for a …

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No homework? What’s happening to our education system?

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a rapidly growing trend against homework take hold in US schools — both public and private.  Highly acclaimed public school districts have even been rumored to give this fad a whirl.  The theory, I’ve heard, is that students would benefit more from 15 minutes per day of reading …

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It’s not the curriculum – It’s the whole system

Change is the only constant in our lives.  When we are conscious of change, it is challenging.  We challenge our decisions, our ethics, our sense of morality, and (hopefully) our goals.  We, as individuals, change, and we, as a society, change – sometimes converging, sometimes diverging.  We are also guilty of attempting to impress change …

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Understanding Your Child’s STAR Test Results

What is the STAR Test?The STAR test is an adaptive achievement test, similar to the NWEA MAP test.  The STAR test originally only included a reading assessment; however, it has since expanded to include early literacy and mathematics.  Reading assessments can be administered to all students in grades K-12.  However, the math assessment is only …

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