Monday, May 17, 2010

IQ FROM 67 TO OFF THE CHARTS. The Capital Times, of Madison Wisconsin, carried a story about a young man diagnosed as autistic at age 2. As a toddler, he scored 67 on an IQ test. Thanks to attention from his family, however, and the therapists and program at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, the young man is now a fifth grader who "sets the academic bar high in his classroom," is at at the top of the game in Wisconsin math competitions, is school chess champion, and is "an excellent musician with perfect pitch." Read about the program he participated in as a pre-schooler, along with how his teachers since then have helped.

EARLY COLLEGE INITIATIVE. Michael Shaugnhessey interviews Michael Webb, an advocate for early admission to college as an approach to high school reform. Schools participating in the initiative blend high school and college academics and compress the time it takes to both graduate from high school and complete the first two years of college. According to Webb, there are now 212 participating schools which serve more than 46,000 students. If you're looking to challenge that gifted or 2e learner you know, read the interview.

UNWRAPPING THE GIFTED. Tamara Fisher has posted on summer learning activities for high-ability kids. See her choices.

LD IN COLLEGE. Read about the experiences of a young woman with AD/HD who attends Landmark College, and how learning can be difficult. The young woman has a coach, and has learned "how to make school work for her." Find the story.

EDUTOPIA, in a recent email, highlighted two of its discussion groups, which have, over the past months, accumulated lots of posts and (presumably) lots of shared knowledge. One group is on differentiated instruction; the other is on learning styles and multiple intelligences. If those topics are of interest to you as a teacher of gifted or 2e kids, check out the groups.

AP VERSUS IB. If the debate over the merits of those respective programs is meaningful to you, read Jay Mathews' recent column on the topic.

1 comment:

THMiller said...

As a 2E myself, and having twins that are 2E whose ACT were 99.9999 on one end, and 26 on the other, I certainly understand the plight. I am 51 and just one class short of completing my first degree. Even though my program is leadership, I am focusing on 2E intently for adult learners. I applaud all who have worked to bring the challenges of 2E to light and enlist so many schools and states in addressing the issue. Yet the question remains, what are Colleges and Universities doing to reach out to those who, like myself, have a tested IQ of 165, skewed with 100 on my deficits. More, what are we doing as a society to understand that 1. Gifted individuals have a hard time fitting in, as much as challenged individuals, 2. how do we convince employers that these individuals may be high maintenance, but also bring things that they will not get with the "standard" hire's, and mostly 3. how do we get universities and colleges to address these kids as more than 504 or other issues, to see them as more than "disabled" and see them as high cognitive functioning, perhaps more than the institution is prepared to teach? Still searching....