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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?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Multipotentiality and Relationships.

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!

I'm a white girl, but all my role models are black women by Jen, repurposed genealogy
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...
Gifted 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...
Who 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.[1] In other words, research says that role models can have an outsized impact on our performance and our achievements, which you probably believed intuitively already.

Other research findings suggest that role modeling is actually a crucial part of education, especially for gifted children...
Who is in your zone of proximal development? by Gift-Ed Connections
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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Updated December 01, 2020

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