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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Educational Options

Educational Options. From public school to private school, homeschool to unschooling, distance learning to mentors and tutors, there are nearly as many educational options as there are gifted children. And that's good news! When we're in the throes of an educational misfit, it's sometimes difficult to see what our options might be. Join us this month to discuss many of the options that have worked for other kids, and the combinations and alternatives that can help YOUR gifted child!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Acceleration and Gifted Social Issues.

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!

The Best Educational Experience for Gifted Learners by The Grayson School
Typically, acceleration and enrichment are considered the broad counterpoints on a continuum of service options: students may move faster through the curriculum and cover more ground (acceleration/breadth), or they may dive deeply into some facet of the curriculum (enrichment/depth).

In truth, however, this is a false dichotomy...
Ability grouping works - and is essential in middle school and beyond by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
As Fiedler and colleagues aptly noted:
"Can it be that our school systems are actually giving tacit approval to create underachievement in one ability group so that the needs of the other ability groups can be served? This, indeed, is egalitarianism at its worst."
Keeping up With the Twinkies by Jen Campbell, repurposed genealogy
​I love to learn new things, and gather my knowledge from a variety of sources.
I subscribe to MENSA newsletters. I follow industry leaders and innovators on social media. I subscribe to Google alerts on topics that interest me. I consume a ton of information from various sources. I bring up tidbits I've learned in conversations with friends and strangers, share my learning on my social media accounts, integrate things I learn into my business strategies, and spend time pondering what I learn.

I think most of these things I do are pretty typical for gifted adults. One major source that I gather information from would probably be looked down upon by most intellectuals. I consume copious amounts of reality television...
Educational Alternatives: Many Paths to Greatness by Gift-Ed Connections
One cannot help but have great hopes for the children with whom we share and who will eventually inherit the world and therefore it is good that worry about their education. As parents we fear not doing enough to support them as much as we worry about not expecting enough and so what happens in school can create tremendous worry and have us constantly searching for educational alternatives and "better" ways to teach and learn...
Just because an idea is old... by Chocky's Child
Based on my own experiences as a child and as somebody who has been involved in education as an adult, quite a lot of the negative issues that affect gifted children in our current school system can be a product of some of those changes. This isn't the place to really go into that in detail. But the point I would want to make is in looking for a good educational fit for their children who aren't fitting in to 'current' schooling, parents might find it beneficial to look to the past as well as to the future...
Rethinking the Chopping Block by Heather, The Fringy Bit
About 8 years ago we decided to homeschool. Our oldest child was 3 and, while he would have most likely done fine in a traditional school setting, his curious mind would not have thrived and his perfectionist, people-pleasing would have excelled. Not quite what we had in mind for him. This has been the absolute best decision we’ve made...

About 2 years ago we were also homeschooling our daughter. She has twice exceptionality, and so we thought the freedom to go at her pace in all different areas would be a good fit for her, as well. We were so wrong! She needs strict structure. She thrives on knowing exactly what is coming next.... We decided to enroll her in our neighborhood school. Could not have been a better choice.

Time will tell what the best option for our youngest will be...
What Are My Choices for Educating My Child? by Adventures of Hahn Academy
As parents, we often do not even know where to look for school choices or educational options that are available. The truth is, there really are tons of school choices if we expand what we consider as “school.” Here are some of the most common educational options for meeting the needs of gifted children...
For us, right now, homeschooling works by Life at Tiffany's
As it turns out, play based wasn't enough for my kiddo. He asked me every night when he could go to "real school" and complained that they didn't even have a periodic table. Because can you even call yourself a school if you don't have a periodic table? He soon grew anxious and started missing school...
Why Gifted Education Belongs in Public School by Emily, The Fissure
Unfortunately, some education advocates have criticized gifted programs as elitist, unfairly blaming the concept of gifted education for disparities in school quality. While any strategy can be misapplied or misused, research supports the need for gifted education: just as children with learning challenges require different interventions, depending on their difference from the norm, children with extreme, advanced differences need curriculum modifications…
Can I Send My Gifted Child to a Public School? by Planet Smarty Pants
Smarty is happy, engaged, gets good grades, and has friends. In this post, I am going to explore why public school works specifically for our family and what it means for other parents of gifted kids.

Why Does a Public School Work for Us?

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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