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Old 06-10-2010, 04:13 AM
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Thanks for your input Jeannie - improves the perspective for all of us.

When my children were in GT they were taken from their homeroom one day a week and they were responsible for the homework on the subject matter they missed for that day in addition to the homework from the GT classes for the day.(homework itself was not the problem but having to do the homework on the "missed" classes was somewhat detrimental to the psyche) ....So the GT classes instead of being somewhat of a "soaring" experience just became more burdensome in the eyes of the GT students .....but the GT teacher said that it was her perception that is what most parents want - push the kids ! when you were a GT student was that the practice? or more apropos what is the practice now for the GT classes?

This thread is an old one with the OP perhaps not even around, but since it does cover the Delaware schools everything that happens there is fair game I hope.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:51 PM
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when I was in gt it was about keeping us from being bored in the regular classes as opposed to pushing us. we did have some extra work but I don't recall having homework on missed classes. Our homework was on on material we had been taught. Gifted and talented now is still supposed to challenge children but without overwhelming them. The idea is to get all students to what is known as the zone of proximal development or the ideal learning environment where the child can do the majority of the work on their own with teacher guidance and without becoming frustrated. It shouldn't be about pushing kids. if they are frustrated they don't learn as much. an optimal learning environment is one where kids feel relaxed and can feel comfortable asking for help when needed. Many teachers make the mistake of thinking because a child is gifted they can handle more than they are really capable of. They will have gt students tutoring other students, doing extra work, and their regular work and the kids buckle under the pressure. You want them to live up to their potential but not burn out or have a mental breakdown. a lot of gt kids also have social and emotional difficulties. They don't relate well to their peers at times because it's difficult for them to have conversations with them when they aren't on the same level intellectually. They can also be very sensitive emotionally. And gt kids can have adhd, aspergers, etc. It can be very challenging for teachers to come up with lessons for gt kids especially at the middle and high school level when some of these kids are actually as knowledgeable if not more knowledgeable than the teachers. I was in an 8th grade math classroom once here in Delaware and I saw the gt group. these kids could fly through algebra and precalculus work like it was a piece of cake! the teacher had extra activities and games for them that were actually fun! As long as teachers avoid the same old routine of giving work sheet after work sheet or having students do page after page from books you can make it easier for the kids to learn. all kids learn differently so you have to use many different approaches. the districts do generally require certain things to be done each day from the textbooks but you can add to those things and make it better. it just takes a creative teacher who cares and support from the administration and parents.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:04 PM
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I am looking for a public or charter school for Prek 4

Any one can suggest any better schools , my work location will be Newark, Delware but I am ok to travel for 20 min
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:06 PM
Location: Newark, DE
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Originally Posted by tushar1981 View Post

I am looking for a public or charter school for Prek 4

Any one can suggest any better schools , my work location will be Newark, Delware but I am ok to travel for 20 min
Newark Methodist Preschool has a fantastic Pre-K program.
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Old Today, 08:58 AM
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I have a child in GT in another state (not DE). He is in a full time self contained classroom, which I love. The teacher is great, and the content is presented to the kids in a way that suits their learning style since they tend to catch on quickly. The thing I don't like about it is that the state mandated standards still have to be demonstrated. Now, there is nothing wrong with that per se, except that it has to be done for the grade you are in. This means every year time is spent covering that years standards, even in GT, before they can accelerate. The students are still taking (and prepping for) standardized tests for their grade level even though the content they are studying is more advanced in many cases. The other messed up thing is that children in the program who accelerate in math, which means they go to a class one or more grade levels above, still have to be taught grade level math in addition to this accelerated math class. So my son takes Algebra I at the junior high but still has to sit through his 6th grade math class. Not only is that a bore, but let's punish the kid with additional boring work. This is all rooted in NCLB. It was meant to lift struggling students, not hold back the superstars. I think it is beyond stupid that we tell kids they can't go beyond the standards for their grade level regardless of how capable. And we wonder why kids get frustrated in school.
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