As many of my readers may know, my younger brother skipped many grades. He started by skipping 4th grade. He continued on to skip 7th - 12th grade. Okay, so many it isn't even grade skipping at that point. Throughout my life, I've met and worked with many students who either (1) skipped one or more grades or (2) seriously considered grade skipping but were unable to accomplish this within their school district. Grade skipping isn't for everyone. The social-emotional stigmas alone are enough to prevent many parents, students and educators from standardizing this practice. However, Johns Hopkins University recently found that 2 in 7 students may be ready for higher grade curriculum.
2 in 7 students may be ready for higher grade curriculum.
Each year, schools and educators across the nation celebrate School Choice Week. School Choice week is celebrated January 22 - 28th.
"The goal of National School Choice Week (NSCW) is to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling."
In honor of School Choice Week, I would like to ask you a few things:
What are some things that you LOVE about your child's school or education plan?
If you could design your child's education, what resource or opportunity would you want the most?
The State of NJ, like many other states, does not set out any concrete standards for gifted education. So, if you're on the hunt for legislation that is going to require your local school district to provide special programming for your gifted child, you're not going to find it. NJ standards state that Gifted and Talented students are,
Let's take a step back. In a typical school classroom, students span in ability by about 6 years. This means that in a 4th grade classroom, some of the students may be performing at a 1st grade level while others are performing at a middle school level. This means that some students still need to work on basic addition while other students are ready to work on pre-algebra concepts. That's a big difference, right? Yes. It is.
Six great books for parents of gifted children from the hard research to the heartwarming stories of other parents and gifted children.