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Hoagies' Blog Hop March 2015: Acceleration
it's not just about speeding up!
According to A Nation
Deceived, there are at least 13 kinds of academic Acceleration,
from early entrance (to kindergarten, middle school, high school or
college), subject or full grade acceleration, compacting, mentors,
and lots more. The last 100+ years of research tells the same story:
acceleration of gifted students is a good thing. The worst result
research reports is that some forms of acceleration aren't bad.
The best result includes positive growth for the academic and
social/emotional well-being of the gifted child.
What does acceleration mean to you? Good or bad? Were you
accelerated as a child? How does it affect your adulthood? Welcome
to the world of acceleration!
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For more on acceleration, visit Hoagies'
Academic Acceleration and read
by David Elkind and From
"the saddest sound" to the D Major chord: The gift of accelerated
progression by Miraca Gross,
plus lots more research, success stories, teachers' guidebooks and
We Accelerate Our Gifted Child? by
Planet Smarty Pants
- Acceleration is the topic that we thought long and hard about, especially
last year when Smarty was not happy in school. We met with our school
principal several times, and she asked if we would be interested in
“skipping” Smarty one year. My husband and I discussed it at length and also
asked our 7 year old what she thinks...
Academic Acceleration by Catie, My
- “You wouldn’t want to do that to him.”
Do you know what I wouldn’t want to do to him, folks? I wouldn’t want to
place him in a classroom Monday-Friday for an entire year where the teacher
would be going over material that he had mastered in preschool. Yes, he
already had a difficult time sitting still and focusing, but how on Earth
would putting him in that classroom situation help with those issues?
Each His Own by
Braver than you believe
- The downside was that, by the time she was in first grade, she really
needed to be in third or fourth. She needed acceleration, but the
environment was the question. A kid barely 6 years old in a class of
9-year-olds all day long, especially when they weren't even working at her
level in some subjects yet? In the end...
The Physics of Learning by
Diane Hale, in Schooling the Gifted
- During a recent parent presentation, I mentioned the term “acceleration”
with regard to the curriculum in our gifted program, and then added,
(probably flippantly) that we all know that to accelerate means to go
faster… You would think after years of working with gifted children and
their parents I would have learned my lesson...
During this particular presentation, an eighth grader raised his hand and
said, “well… in physics, to accelerate doesn’t really mean to go faster. In
physics acceleration is the term used to describe change in velocity. So,
technically, acceleration could mean to slow down or to change direction.”
Slay the Stay-Put Beast: Thoughts on Acceleration by
Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts
on Life and Learning
- Suffice it to say I’ve witnessed accelerations not only as a parent, but
also as a teacher, advocate, and friend. All of the accelerations I’ve
witnessed have supported, not stunted, the individual’s social and emotional
growth. The accelerated children I’ve followed into adulthood all are
scoring high on the life happiness rubric. Many are scoring high on the
financial security rubric as well.
In this article, I offer tips for slaying the stay-put beast. He's an ugly,
On Acceleration by
- When we first began this whole homeschooling gig, Mad Natter was three. He
had asked me earlier that week to teach him how to read, and we kind of took
off from there. Naturally, being me, the first thing I did was research all
the various and sundry programs across subjects for the things I'd want to
use going forward, and all the interesting things there were to do in a
homeschool setting. The notion of not teaching him because he was too young
didn't even occur to me...
All Children Can Learn and “All Children Should Be Learning,” Joan Smutny by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- Acceleration is not about pushing kids, it is about allowing them to learn... Caring teachers can provide appropriate instruction in two ways:
allowing them to keep moving ahead or allowing them to learn in more depth about a topic. Ignoring their
needs is a waste of valuable time....
Acceleration: A (Not So) Simple Fix? by
- One of the most difficult conversations that I have had with educators and
parents over the years has been around the topic of acceleration. You would
be amazed by the number of "I knew someone who skipped a grade and it was
the worst thing..." stories that I hear when the subject comes up. It seems
as though everyone knows someone who skipped a grade and then failed
miserably in life. Interestingly enough, the research does not bear this out...
Bumps To Gifted Acceleration by
- Imagine you are travelling on a straight road, but the speed limit is low.
You wish to go faster, but there are several speed cameras that do not allow
you to go above that speed. You may slow down, but you cannot go any faster.
If that makes you frustrated out of your mind, imagine being in that
situation for weeks, months and years in school. If your child has already
learnt how to read paragraphs, yet his teacher is still teaching high
frequency words such as ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘one’, ‘we’ and ‘come’, he is going to
be bored out of his mind. That is only in kindergarten...
Accelerating to What and to Where? Evaluating the Velocity of Gifted
Learners in a System that Must Change by
Kathleen Casper, One World
- Using Newton’s law, it seems reasonable that when we talk about
acceleration for students, we should not only look at moving a child ahead
in school, but we should look at the forces acting on the child and evaluate
more than just a child’s ability to move up to the next level of learning.
We should be looking at the child’s velocity too… the speed and the
direction where the child is going or should go. And where the child will
find equilibrium with not only their academic, but social-emotional needs
being met too...
Pace By Any Other Name... in
- Not what I expected.
Time has flown too fast for me. I didn't plan this path all those years ago
(eight to be exact) when I began homeschooling my only child. In fact, I had
no idea what I was doing or what I was going to do. I knew I had to somehow
reverse the damage a traumatizing three weeks in a private kindergarten had
done to him...
& Early College in
Adventures of Hahn
- Thanks to what I have learned from other parents of gifted children who
have been at this point I can say there are way more resources and options
out there than I first thought...
Noah's Story (guest post) in
- In conclusion, I am extremely satisfied with how the acceleration has
played out so far. As a bonus, I've opened up two more course slots for my
later years, something that is very useful for pursuing special interest
courses, or taking university courses in my senior year. Plus, I've gained
confidence I've never had before...
April 02, 2016