This posting contains a message from a mother who asks for greater understanding of her child by sharing seven things about gifted children.
by Maureen McDermid
As parents, not only do we find ourselves on a steep learning curve about our children, but we find we need to help others understand their delights and quirks. We cannot count on finding general understanding of the many diverse ways children show their high potential/high ability and the challenges they face in interfacing with their world. This posting contains a message from a mother who asks for greater understanding of her child by sharing seven things about gifted children that she hopes will create a more accepting and informed attitude for those that don’t have gifted children and some insight for those that are parenting one (or more).
This month the GCABC recommends articles on anxiety and adolescents from the Davidson Institute .
by Debbie Clelland
The Davidson Institute is an organization that supports the education and sharing of information for gifted and profoundly gifted students and their families. This organization has resources that I have found to be reliable, well-researched and wide-ranging. They include resources that teachers and parents often find very practical and helpful.
Learn more at http://www.davidsongifted.org/About-Us/Programs
They have many programs for young scholars (online and summer events), and a high school program at the University of Nevada, Reno. They also offer resources for parents, such as an online community, webinars, books and articles on many valuable topics.
The Davidson Institute also has an e-newsletter that includes recent resources or articles of interest to educators and parents. This month we recommend their articles on anxiety and adolescents. The links provided in the Davidson Institute newsletter are below.
Tips for Parents: Anxiety, Sensitivities and Social Struggles among Profoundly Gifted Kids
Tips for Parents: Adolescence and the HG/PG Individual
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?”.
Continue reading “BC’s New Curriculum”
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!
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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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.
Continue reading “The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Process”