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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Role Models
Role models, at every age and stage. Who are your role
models? Who might make a good role model? Why, or why not? Why do we
need role models anyway? If we don't have good role models, will we
automatically pick bad ones?
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a white girl, but all my role models are black women by Jen,
- It wasn't until I started thinking about who my role models have been
through out my life to write this blog post that I realized it. My role
models are courageous women throughout history I've read about in books.
They are artists, entrepreneurs, friends, and women who have influenced my
genealogy research skills.
I'm a white girl, but all my role models are black women.
I've thought about why. Like most people, I've chosen role models throughout
my life based on talents and skills I admire. My role models embody what I
want to improve about myself.
They are Sojourner Truth who never learned to read or write, but was known
for her oration skills that influenced both the abolition and women's rights
movements. Maybe she's my role model because I was afraid of public speaking ...
Why not every gifted expert is an expert on your child by Kathleen
Casper, One World Gifted
- First of all, just because someone has years and years of experience in
the world of gifted education or psychology or twice exceptional students or
educational research, or whatever, it doesnít mean they will understand your
situation or your childís true needs. Every child is different, and every
gifted child certainly is, too.
It can be intimidating as a parent or even as another educator to have
someone with more experience or education telling you what your child needs
or what you should be doing to support them. And sometimes we defer to those
with more letters behind their name or what seems like more clout in the
field because that is what we are lead to believe is the right thing to do.
We might want to believe them because we want someone to finally help us
figure it all out, or we might have read their books and have made them out
to be some kind of gifted guru god/dess in our minds. And yes, they may
figure everything out and lead you down the right path so your life is
better and your kid is thriving and all that... But it is also just as
likely that they may have no idea what to do for you or your family...
Kids Need Biographies by
Heather in WonderSchooling
- When I was in junior high, I devoured almost the entire biography
section at the school library. There was something about them that my
socially clueless self found irresistible.
In these stories I found kindred spirits, brave revolutionaries, strong
leaders, creative inventors, and a safe space to try and understand this
utterly befuddling world around me. It was a break from 12 year old hormones
and pettiness and a chance to see people celebrated by their kindness and
brains, not how short their cheerleading skirt was.
Now, as a mom of a kid who is asynchronous, I've been bringing biographies
into our routine for a few reasons...
Are Your Role Models? by
Jill Williford Wurman, Director of Research,
The Grayson School
- Since Iím writing this only a few days before Thanksgiving, Iím in a
grateful kind of place, so writing about role models ó people who inspire,
encourage, and challenge us ó seems particularly fitting. Additionally
(since this wouldnít be an article from me if it didnít include research
findings) there is substantial evidence that working with a mentor is one of
the educational options with the greatest effect size on gifted students.
In other words, research says that role models can have an outsized impact
on our performance and our achievements, which you probably believed
Other research findings suggest that role modeling is actually a crucial
part of education, especially for gifted children...
is in your zone of proximal development? by
- The concept of the zone of proximal development comes from the work of Lev
Vygotsky (1896-1934) a Russian developmental psychologist whose research
into how children learn has gained significant attention in recent years.
Vygotsky felt that we should not limit our assessment of a childís
development to what they are capable of at present, but rather what they are
able to do in collaboration with an adult or more able peer...
Healthy Role Models by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- I was in my early thirties and had two children before I realized the
extent of alcoholism in both extended families. Although I had considered
home schooling, I did not feel comfortable doing it precisely because I knew
my boys would need healthy role models in their lives. Of course, no one can
predict which of the teachers are healthy vs. unhealthy, but I thought it
would help my kids to have choices about who they want to be...
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December 01, 2020