Frolic at the Carnival of Education, hosted by Education Matters.
On I Thought a Think, Ryan writes from the “poetry battlefront” of the “war on the gifted.”
In my school we have some extremely gifted math students, kids who are operating three and four years ahead of their grade-level peers. If they were three or four years behind they would get small group support, modified assignments, and the full force of an entire Special Education department would be put into play on their behalf. Their parents would have an IEP in hand with the full force of federal law behind it, and there would be action!
But theyâ€™re not behind; theyâ€™re advanced. Theyâ€™re the ones spending most of their days silent reading, because the work can be done so easily.
I spent most of elementary and middle school reading to myself because I was so far ahead. We had no gifted classes, though my fourth grade teacher requested all the top students and created his own in-class program for eight or nine of us. In high school, classes were tracked; I usually had to pay attention to keep up, though I do remember reading an excellent book about the charge of the Light Brigade, The Reason Why, in advanced algebra/trig.
Bell Work Online is hosting the fourth Carnival of School Politics and Philosophy.
Update: A Teacher Magazine blog has more on “unwrapping the gifted.”