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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Acceleration, again

Grade Acceleration / Early Kindergarten / Early College. What is grade acceleration? Is it "skipping" or simply aligning the child's learning and social levels with the curriculum and classmates? From Early Kindergarten through Early College, what forms of Grade Acceleration have been proven effective, in research and in practice? And what are the negative sides to grade acceleration? No change in placement is without risk. Learn more here!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including the original Acceleration and Gifted Advocacy.

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

What is so threatening about academic acceleration? by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
It is time to put the false assumptions and misconceptions to rest. Acceleration can enhance learning, and has a positive impact on long-term achievement and social and emotional well-being. If your school district is unaware of the benefits of acceleration, you might consider sharing information from the NAGC, SENG, tip.Duke or from...
Acceleration Considerations by Gift-Ed Connections
Having been involved in many accelerations and conversations about acceleration over the past few years, it is rare that I have a straightforward, rubber stamped, "this child is perfect" for acceleration meeting. Here are some of my observations from full grade accelerations... 
When Your Child Exceeds What Schools Offer by Adventures of Hahn Academy
The Onion is satire. I have always loved the Onion, but I am biased because I am from Wisconsin. So, when the article “Gifted Passionate Student Really Stretching Limits of School’s Resources” from the Onion came up in my feed, I chuckled but also cringed. I laughed because it is the onion and could only imagine what they would write but I cringed because we have a child who exceeded what schools could offer...
Should My Gifted Child Skip a Grade? by Nicole LaChance,  Institute for Educational Advancement
It’s a question almost every parent of a gifted child struggles with at some point: should my child skip a grade (or more)? For many gifted children, grade acceleration is beneficial. Students are placed in classes where they are truly challenged and with peers more on their intellectual level. But, for some children, skipping a grade can be harmful to their social and emotional development. Being away from age group peers and automatically viewed as the “whiz kid” has the potential to lead to bullying or other emotional damage.

There is no one-size- fits-all answer to this question. (Frustrating, I know.) However, there are some common pros and cons to guide you as you make the decision...
Academic Acceleration and Gifted Children by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies
I never imagined myself homeschooling. My husband and I are both products of public schools and, before having children, I worked as aschool psychologist in an urban setting. I was passionate about urban education and had plans to return to my career once my children were school-aged. But I also never imagined a child could be so misunderstood in kindergarten...
Acceleration: Skipping to Succeed by Covington Latin School
The age old question in education is what to do with our over-achieving children who become bored in class. Are they the child that is disruptive because they have finished their work early. Are they the daydreamers or the absent-minded professors? What can you do for them?...
Why Not Accelerate? by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
I was a young child that benefitted from acceleration. I began school in Chicago in the second semester of age 5, but moved to the suburbs the following fall. I remember holding my hand up a lot in first grade. I have a memory of the teacher feeling embarrassed because she couldn’t call on me all the time. Whether that memory is accurate or not, I was lucky. I had a mother who went to the school and demanded that I skip into second grade. She didn’t rest until it happened, either. My mom had skipped two years in school...
Just One Mom's Perspective on Grade Acceleration by Jen G in One Small World
Thankfully, school systems seem to have become a little more flexible about over the past several years. Less extreme forms of grade acceleration like AP classes and single subject acceleration have become commonplace. Although, grade skipping and starting school early still remain a little unusual.
For gifted students, these opportunities may offer an escape from the boredom of the age-based classroom and an chance to be with intellectual peers, at least for a while...
Why is Academic Acceleration (Still) So Controversial? by The Grayson School
The findings in A Nation Deceived were compiled to offer educators an array of research-backed, proven options for acceleration other than grade-skipping, in hopes that schools would proactively seek out students who would benefit. Why then, so many years later, are schools still resisting offering gifted children an accelerated education that can both challenge them and keep their interest? It's Not For Lack of Evidence...
Successfully Advocating for your Child's Grade Skip by Jen Campbell, repurposed genealogy
Parent, it's time to address that nagging voice in the back of your mind. You should consider advocating for your child's grade acceleration.

When it comes to parenting, my style's somewhere between helicopter and free-range. I'm not a micro-manager of details. Neither am I a let them figure it all out on their own, it will all be okay type. It was uncomfortable for me to speak up,but being a parent has challenged me to do things that make me feel uncomfortable to meet the needs of my children. I pushed through the discomfort, and I'm glad that I did.

As a result of both my advocacy and Pumpkin Boy's abilities, PB skipped Kindergarten, and started first grade this year. It was the best thing for him, and our family. He is thriving in his classroom, and loves school...
Accelerating to What? by Heather, The Fringy Bit
I knew that it was supposed to be more rigorous and challenging because the pace was accelerated. I knew that I didn’t crack the textbook on any day other than “math day”. I knew that I completed my homework on the thirty minute bus trip each week. I knew how to balance my notebook in just the correct position so my penmanship didn’t reflect the bumps and jostles of the bus. I knew that I passed the 2 years doing the bare minimum without putting a dent in my 4.0 gpa...
Good Things About Grade Acceleration by Planet Smarty Pants
Mama, I so love school this year! says my 9 year old looking at me with her shining blue eyes. Sixth grade is great. I feel like I am learning something again. I am so happy that I got to skip the fifth grade.  The first results of whole grade acceleration are in, and I want to dispel some myths and share some good things about grade acceleration for gifted learners. Our "Mindshift" on Acceleration..
A Time to Accelerate, A Time to Brake by Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted Learners
At the center of any decision to accelerate is a child—a whole human being whose complete complement of characteristics needs to be considered. Thankfully, there exists an objective tool that helps do that. Acceleration should never be viewed as one size fits all or as a final destination from which there is no return. And, at each deliberative stop, the children involved should be consulted—and their voices heard.
None of us has a GPS into which we can program the guaranteed best route for the long-term success of our gifted children...
If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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