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Avondale Gifted Magnet Information Nights!

December 2, 2016

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Avondale is having two parent information nights regarding the gifted magnet school, available to Oakland County residents! Come find out about the magnet program and get your questions answered! The two nights are Dec 6 and Dec 13 at Woodland Elementary, the school hosting the program. The program will start in Fall 2017 for grades 3&4 and expand in the following years.

Please RSVP for one of the nights through the links below or to NEOgifted@outlook.com. Pass this information on to friends! They may be wondering how to meet the needs of their children and don’t know about this school.

RCS Board of Education Candidate Responses

October 20, 2016

school_board_electionI sent each Rochester Community Schools Board of Education candidate questions about Advanced & Gifted Education. Candidates running opposed (Michelle Bueltel and Elizabeth Witten) and unopposed (Sandra Fiaschetti and Kevin Beers) had sufficient opportunity to respond, but only Mrs. Bueltel provided answers to the questions. Mrs. Bueltel’s responses are below.

1) Do you believe the opportunities and education that exist for advanced and gifted students in Rochester Community Schools are sufficient? Why or why not?

I do not believe that there are sufficient opportunities for advanced and gifted students.  In elementary school, the opportunities for advanced students are usually dependent upon the teacher.  Some do a great job of identifying ways to challenge students who already know the material such that a student is engaged and learning.  However, I believe that there should be a more formal process for identifying the students who already know the material and a game plan for how those students will learn more during the current year.  Every child should have at least one full year of academic growth during each school year in every subject.  At the secondary level we already have honors courses in English and math and I would like to see honors courses offered in science and social studies too.
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8 Reasons to Go to the MAGC Conference

September 26, 2016

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Admit it. You haven’t been to an MAGC Conference and you are a bit apprehensive. You probably won’t know anyone and you don’t want to spend your Saturday hanging with a bunch of nerds. Yep, I’ve been there too. This is why you should go:

parent-groups1) You don’t know many parents of gifted kids. I remember first starting out parenting gifted daughters and wondering what was normal. She has imaginary friends. Is this normal? She talks about storing information in folders in her head. Is this normal? She read a book on cancer and is now petrified. Is this normal? I can’t get her to stop reading! Is this normal? Once I met parents of other gifted children, I found that gifted normal was a wide range. You need this conference to meet more parents of gifted children!

2) You can’t talk about giftedness.  I know that dance.  You think someone might have a gifted child. You ask indirect questions trying shh-dont-tell-sm11to find out because the g-word can shut down a conversation if their child isn’t. Eventually, you find out their child is gifted and have a nice chat – until someone else joins the conversation and you have to change the subject. At the MAGC Conference, there is no shame! No dance! Just nice chats with parents, teachers, experts, and other supporters of gifted learners!
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MAGC Fall Conference: Discount!

September 1, 2016

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Register by September 10 for $10 discount on conference + membership!

Have you been wondering why your gifted child is so different academically and emotionally?  Have you been struggling to meet your child’s needs in these areas?

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children Fall Conference has answers!  Covering both the academic and emotional needs of gifted learners, these experts have solutions and information for parents just finding their child is gifted, advocates working to make changes at the school and district level, and educators with gifted students.
Join us on October 15 at the remarkable University Prep Science & Math Academy in Detroit!  Meet parents and educators advocating for gifted children!  Chat with experts!  Visit vendors with books, programs, and games aimed at gifted learners!  Earn SCECHs while gaining great info on gifted students!

More details and registration is at m90212.wixsite.com/magc

P.S. I’ll be wearing an MAGC name tag and look forward to meeting you!

Fall Conference – Michigan Association for Gifted Children

August 15, 2016

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Have you been wondering why your gifted child is so different academically and emotionally?  Have you been struggling to meet your child’s needs in these areas? 

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children Fall Conference has answers!  Covering both the academic and emotional needs of gifted learners, these experts have solutions and information for parents just finding their child is gifted, advocates working to make changes at the school and district level, and educators with gifted students.
Join us on October 15 at the remarkable University Prep Science & Math Academy in Detroit!  Meet parents and educators advocating for gifted children!  Chat with experts!  Visit vendors with books, programs, and games aimed at gifted learners!  Earn SCECHs while gaining great info on gifted students!

More details and registration is at m90212.wixsite.com/magc

P.S. I’ll be wearing an MAGC name tag and look forward to meeting you!

14 Things Gifted Students Want Teachers to Know

July 6, 2016

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Reflecting back on my time as a gifted student and what my daughters are experiencing now, here are some things I wish my teachers (and theirs) knew.

  1. I intensely want to learn. Learning is really fun for me. Coming to school and ‘learning’ what I already know distresses me. School was supposed to be an exciting place full of knowledge. Now I want to escape it.
  2. I tuned out after the third time you said that. In fact, research shows that the repetition needed for most learners makes me learn less. I usually only need it once or twice and am eager to move to the next item.

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Giftedness is…

March 20, 2016

Giftedness.  The word conjures up ideas of students who have it easy and are at the top of the class.  It sounds wonderful.  However, as with most of life, it isn’t all great. Talking about being gifted seems elitist – as if being gifted makes one a better human being. It doesn’t. Giftedness is a difference and it changes one’s life in good ways and bad.

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Giftedness is being a star pupil destined for greatness; giftedness is that idea being a false stereotype.

Giftedness is being gifted and knowing it; giftedness is educators and friends’ parents being skeptical.

Giftedness is the way you are born; giftedness is developing natural abilities into talent through nurture.

Giftedness is academics coming easy; giftedness is not learning to work hard.

Giftedness is understanding and retaining material; giftedness is not learning to study.

Giftedness is breezing through; giftedness is not learning to overcome obstacles.
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