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  •  The gifted education program at our school (4+ / 0-)

    is worthless, and has been for years.  I would not set it up in a comparison to the special ed programs, though, because they're not much use either.  Sometimes it's a real blessing to work at the school your kids attend, but sometimes you see too much.  I've been through this with 3 kids, each one with different strengths and needs.  The first one was obvious, and was picked up for GT early on.  But they spent their time on "enrichment" activities, such as studying Spanish culture and making maracas, when what HE needed was math instruction about 4 years past his grade level.  He didn't get any of that, until I started working there and made friends with a HS math instructor who worked with him privately outside of class.  Finally I sent him away to another school.  The second one was never picked up for GT, even though everyone can see he needs something different, what he needs isn't really available through our GT.  He plays 9 different instruments, mostly by ear, though he can read music.  He started writing musical notation about the time he learned to write words.  Our new GT teacher comes to both HS and elementary once a week for the day, and does mostly enrichment with groups.  Last year our older elementary put on a Mother Goose play.  It was good, but I'm not sure it would have helped my guy even if he had been a part of something like that.
    I'm blessed that the youngest one's classroom teacher has years of experience from a bigger school, including several years as the elementary GT instructor.  She's making adaptations in the classroom, so her needs are being met to the extent they can.
    I think one of the challenges to gifted education is that within a fairly small population of the school, these kids' gifts and needs vary so widely.  I end up spending quite a bit of time and money outside of school to meet their needs.  Maybe in a bigger school they could get more of what they needed, but a small district just can't really provide that.

    Watch this space. Something brilliant will come to me soon, I'm sure.

    by tresgatos on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 08:29:12 AM PDT

    •  From years and years ago, I recall filling out (3+ / 0-)
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      annual questionnaires about whether I was taking certain classes.  My school justified taking "gifted" money by saying the "gifted" students were all taking at least one honors class or advanced class.

      We never received any real services that I could see.

      Teachers weave straw into gold and squeeze coal into diamonds.

      by algebrateacher on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 08:35:24 AM PDT

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    •  There are a wide range of programs (1+ / 0-)
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      Some good, some worthless. A friend of mine has her kids in an all-gifted magnet program that has just been fabulous.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 10:17:06 AM PDT

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