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BC’s New Curriculum

Maureen McDermid presents the new BC curriculum.

By Maureen McDermid

The new BC curriculum, what’s in it for gifted learners, their teachers and families?
When considering the new curriculum with respect to gifted learners, it’s fair to ask, “What’s in it for these learners?” and “What’s in it for us as their teachers and parents?”.

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From Edutopia: 15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?”

How can you get your kids to talk about what happened in school? Find out here.

By Maureen McDermid

Each day we send our children off to school and trust that they will have learned something of interest, been intrigued by something they heard, had an experience that gave them insight or just plain had a good day! The question for us as parents is, how can we find out about our children’s’ perceptions of their day if they don’t rush in the door shouting, “guess what we did today” or dominate the dinner table conversation with a run down of the day’s events?

If you are like my family, it is rare that the above event occurs, but I’d really like to have it happen more often. One thing I have learned is that asking the question, “What did you do today?” rarely elicits much response. As a result, I look for different ways to ask the question and found this post from an educational organization, Edutopia, that gave me some better alternatives. As an educator, I often visit this website and have found it helpful in many ways. So, have a read, try this out, and see what you can shake loose from your children!
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/parents-fifteen-questions-replace-how-was-school-today-elena-aguilar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc

MACC (Multi Age Cluster Class)

Lucila Saito shares information about Multi Age Clusters (MACC) – a special school model for gifted children in BC.

By Lucila Saito

The Multi-Age Cluster Class is a gifted program within the public school system, originated in the 90’s in Vancouver, and currently offered in slightly different format in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby. The classes combine highly gifted kids in grades that can vary from 4 to 8. It is a choice program and children need to be referred by a teacher, principal or parent and go through a screening process that might include cognitive tests, interview and/or on-site experience, before offers of admission.

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About SENG

Debbie Clelland recommends membership in the organisation Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).

By Debbie Clelland

This month we are sending you some information about one of my favourite resources for parents of gifted children:  the organization Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).

This organization is based in the US, but has a lot of very relevant and useful information for parents in Canada as well.  They focus on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness, and their founders have a psychology background so the they offer a different perspective than many of the education-based organizations.

SENG does some great work in the gifted community, including:

* webinars offered by experts in the field of giftedness

* summer conference that includes a children’s program

* training facilitators of parent groups

* lots of resources on their website, including articles

http://sengifted.org/

One of my favourite articles is one that really helps parents understand overexcitabilities, and is written in a way that is easy to see how they play out in the classroom as well.  And, rather than just telling what overexcitabilities are, there are some “strategies” offered that I have found very helpful.  Sharon Lind is the author.  It starts:

Overexcitability and the Gifted

by Sharon Lind

A small amount of definitive research and a great deal of naturalistic observation have led to the belief that intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted. These observations are supported by parents and teachers who notice distinct behavioral and constitutional differences between highly gifted children and their peers.

The rest of the article is found at: http://sengifted.org/overexcitability-and-the-gifted/

 

How to Foster a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child’s Teacher

Betty-Jo Gillett explains how to foster a collaborative partnership with your child’s teacher.

By Betty-Jo Gillett

It’s the beginning of a new school year and depending on your previous years’ experience, you may feel anxiety, excitement, or even trepidation over the new challenges this year will bring for you and your ‘gifted’ child. What will their new teachers be like? Will they understand ‘gifted’ as a special need? Will the teacher be a partner or an adversary?

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The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Process

by Maureen McDermid

Parents play a vital role in the education of their children with special needs by working in partnership with educators and other service personnel.

Ministerial Order 150/89, the Special Needs Students Order, requires that parents be offered a consultation regarding the placement of their student with special needs.
Parents of students with special needs know a great deal about their children that can be helpful to school personnel in planning educational programs for them.

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