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Hoagies' Blog Hop October 2014: Advocacy
Gifted advocacy takes place in many places. From schools to
homeschool groups, from our houses of worship to the YMCA and JCC,
from the grocery store to the family gatherings... we are Gifted
Advocates everywhere, and at every age. What does Gifted
Advocacy mean to you?
out our new Blog Hop feature this month, the Next Blog button on
each of our blogs. Click the Next Blog button at the bottom of
each blog to move on to the next blog without returning to this
page. It's a great way to Hop around the Blog Hop!
(Note: Diane Hale's School the Gifted blog is not currently "in the
loop" so you'll have to visit separately.)
Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, May:
The "G" Word,
Summer Reading and
If you'd like to join our next Blog Hop, visit
Gifted Blog Hops.
Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our Blog Hop graphics!
For more support for your advocacy efforts, visit
Hoagies' Gifted Advocacy and read
Care and Feeding of Gifted Parent Groups: A Guide for Gifted Coordinators,
Teachers, and Parent Advocates
by Wenda Sheard, and Competing
with myths about the social and emotional development of gifted students
by Tracy Cross, plus lots more.
Advocacy... the story of my life by
Carolyn K., in
Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
- What have a I learned over the years? What can I tell folks to help them
make their own advocacy better accepted? And why couldn't I have thought of
these things years ago, when I was advocating for my kids? Can't turn back
the clock, so I'll focus on the future...
One Is Enough by
Braver than you believe
- When I think of my gifted and 2e kids and others like them, I think of
the way the world treats them. The age-based mindset of education that was
started way back in colonial times has done its job. The country largely
thinks that kids of a certain age should be capable of certain things. Even
games have ages on them!
I know what it feels like to have your society believe something about you
that isn't true. When your world seems to be out of sync with you...
Let Your Voice Be Heard--One Shriek At A Time by Paula Prober,
Your Rainforest Mind
- You may be shrieking because you've heard that you're over-reacting.
To injustice, climate change, politics and your neighbor's leaf blower.
And you sigh, Why isn't everyone over-reacting?
Let your voice be heard.
One shriek at at time.
It's a start...
the Gifted by
A Voracious Mind
- And yet I didn't advocate for my child properly when we first sought out
and participated in the traditional schooling experience. I didn't
adequately vocalize my children's unique needs because the word gifted is
taboo and apparently, a turn off to many educators and admissions directors
which therefore needs to be skirted around carefully so as not to hurt
anyone's feelings or come off like a pushy parent. I didn't aggressively
fight for my child's extraordinary learning needs because I was just too
trusting that he would get his educational needs met within the school
environment. I was a neophyte back then and my kid paid the price...
- Gifted advocacy is often a thankless job. Not because you expect a child
to be grateful for your efforts, because seriously, if I'm expecting a six
year old to thank me for things he never even sees me do, I'm more than a
little loony. But because no matter how hard you fight, you never reach all
the people you need to, and you often have to fight these fights over again...
7 Ways to Advocate for Your Gifted Child by
- 7. Spread Awareness
I had not specifically stated my son is gifted, because he had not been
tested. Some peers of mine are also uneasy with this, because it makes them
feel bad that their children are not achieving the same things as my son
could do, and some think that I am bragging. Life is too short to be
affected by what others say...
The Comfortable Closets We Live In by
Suki Wessling in Avant Parenting
- Sometimes advocating for something you believe in can mean stepping out of
a very comfortable closet that you've spent much of your life in. In my
case, I was so comfortable, I didn't even notice that I'd locked myself in
the closet till I had children.
My particular closet is the one that we hide in when we're afraid of
pointing out our own differences from the norm. It's a very, very
comfortable closet, but usually a solitary one...
Speak Up by
- Speaking up for yourself sets a good example for others.
Our culture seems to have a fear of direct communication. We are afraid that
if we are assertive, we will appear aggressive. This may be partly because
when someone is passively quiet for a long time and things start to nag at
them, by the time they actually speak up, it comes out aggressively. Then
they give up because they were not received well in their communication. I
have always been rather outspoken and even a bit blunt at times. I do,
however, always keep in mind that everybody's perspective has value and
other people sense that from me...
Are You an Advocate for Gifted?
by Mrs. Warde,
- These past few weeks I finally realized that small, necessary changes
could be accomplished by lots of ordinary parents of gifted kids, if we just
changed our attitudes a little bit.
• We need to stop apologizing for our gifted child's achievements, or for
mentioning our child's achievements .
• We need to stop following up every mention of an outlier positive with a
negative to "balance" it out.
• We need to project the idea that this is okay...
Advocate is a Verb Too by
Diane Hale, in Schooling the Gifted
- This school year, I am committed to taking a bigger role in the act of
advocacy for gifted education and I encourage parents, teachers, and
students to do the same. The following are ways everyone can help advocate
for not only their gifted child or student, but for gifted kids and their
Fearless Advocacy: A Day in the Life of the Gifted by
Gail Post in
- Most parents never expected to become spokespersons for gifted children.
Yet by default, they become experts, educators and ambassadors, endlessly
explaining facts about giftedness to those who don't understand. They
confront misinformation, always careful to avoid the appearance of boasting,
and seamlessly reframe their child's offbeat behavior in light of gifted
intellectual and social/emotional complexities. Every day can seem like a
Let's Spark a Fire of Change by
Nicole Diatto, in Patchwork Poppies
- If our children fail to learn, its not only the school’s fault but also
our very own as parents for not recognizing the very attributes that make
our children thrive or fail. Currently we have a broken system. The system
is not going to fix itself if its left only to the system. We need to stand
up together and give our children a voice and advocate on their behalf. Our
gifted children Deserve to succeed just like everyone else and it needs to
start NOW. We need to spread the word. With knowledge comes power and
Gifted Advocacy: Owning His Story by
Crushing Tall Poppies
- Gifted education and access to appropriate gifted programs for gifted
students has seen a tremendous decline in many areas across America and
throughout the world in the last few decades. Budget cuts seem to primarily
be aimed at gifted education programs as the first line item deleted to save
education dollars. The tools gifted children need to succeed have been
slipping through their hands for many years, and with this is the fading
away of the understanding and acknowledgement that gifted children have
unique learning needs which MUST be met … and cannot be met in the regular
classroom or with honors classes...
Advocacy and the Gifted Teenager by
- To communicate as an advocate, one must look to the student. Seeking
inherently higher intellectual simulations and communicating the needs
socially and emotionally of the teen will be a critical component of being
an advocate. Listening and observing will be the greatest part to
communicating what teenagers may need for their learning. “The construct of
meaningfulness, challenge, choice, interest, and enjoyment, have been shown
to be central to learning”...
Advocacy: Just Ask Sprite and Co.
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- Dr Needs had stated that he would be available to advocate for Sprite by
discussing the measures with the school if necessary. “He said that I would
need to learn how to advocate for myself too” Sprite said “What did he mean
by that?” “Well” I said “It means that you need to learn how to talk about
what you need in a respectful manner . For instance...
Gifted Advocacy for Beginners by
Planet Smarty Pants
- Some parents (ourselves included) feel sort of awkward asking for “special
services” for their children. After all, here in America, where we so value
our individuality, we send our children to schools where they are all
expected to be educated the same...
Stop. Listen. Know when and how to advocate by
- Advocating. When we believe we are right, we tend to like the sound of our
own voice and yet here is a time we must listen once again. Until we can
understand the mindset of the individual or organization that we believe is
failing to meet the needs of our children, it will be difficult to advocate
August 01, 2016