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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Acceleration, again
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!
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the original Acceleration
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is so threatening about academic acceleration? by
Gail Post in
- 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
- 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
- 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...
My Gifted Child Skip a Grade? by
Nicole LaChance, Institute for
- 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
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?...
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
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
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...
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...
Advocating for your Child's Grade Skip by Jen Campbell,
- 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...
to What? by Heather, The Fringy
- 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
grade acceleration for gifted learners. Our "Mindshift" on Acceleration..
Time to Accelerate, A Time to Brake by
Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted
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
None of us has a GPS into which we can program the guaranteed best route for
the long-term success of our gifted children...
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June 01, 2019