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He loved school and always made excellent grades. This has become such a difficult thing that my husband and I have discussed my staying home to home school our son, which without my income every month would create an financial hardship. He is noe, very fluent in 4 languages. Kind of like nails on a chalkboard–to a gifted child. I give him a lot more autonomy and really listen to his questions and answer them with detailed explanations. I’ll keep writing and advocating for all gifted kids as long as I am able! Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. They have all graduated from college and have wonderful, varied jobs. While this works for some kids, it doesn’t for others. We let them play in the garden, cook, etc and teach principles of science or Math or language as they come up. But seriously, your school is doing it right, the optimal approach to education all schools should take. Still, please try not to let any child get too lost in your classroom, and don’t assume the gifted can take care of themselves. My 5 year old has to “prove” her aptitude by completing particular workbook pages before they advance her. I was thinking about having him tested any suggestions? Poor kid. I am actually regretful I took it. By law, if you request an evaluation they must do it, from birth to age 21. Most likely ADHD inattentive. I’m wired to worry.). To me, that is NOT a gifted program and they need to be with other kids that learn at a quicker pace and I think they would enjoy school, so much more. First, which is way off topic: “Deeper understanding is not always shown on a paper pencil assessment” I so wish that legislators and school boards and any other entity making decisions from afar about what will happen in the classroom could understand this! He is tired of waiting because information is not being taught at his quicker pace.

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If you have and it’s not changing, help me with statistics homework it’s time for a parent conference! True, Julie. GT kids can be slow processors. My lowest score was 141 and my highest was 150. My mind meanders and doesn’t take the most efficient routes. So happy to hear you are making a decision sooner rather than later! EVERY child should be able to learn at his grade level, not his age level! This post made me cry ugly crocodile tears. Students who tend to “march to the beat of their own drums” are thus usually not a good fit. Nice. I just trained a group of teachers on this specific scenario! But without specialized training and knowledge, they just, I think, felt out of their depth. IQ tests are pictures, not CT scans. His mother was concerned, because Mike was getting poor grades, having conflicts with the teacher, and becoming more and more disinterested in school. Her academic grades are always above average, even in the gifted program. Good luck!!! I hope you find an awesome place for him! I respectfully ask and hope you will research and read more about gifted children, and get the facts. Everywhere I brought her to visit new childcare she would say teacher is strict which I don’t really see that. If there is a way to steal their love of learning, this is it. Thus, gifted tests can play a crucial role in your decisions about schooling options for your child (whether they’re a gifted learner or not). Just as the miseducation of our gifted children happens often, finding an educational environment where your child can flourish is all too rare.

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She understood him. She challenged him. One thing that I have to say though, is that even in middle school my friends in the honors classes (we all got grouped in to each particular honors or non honors classes based on our standardized test scores and not our actual skill level) they could tell I was insanely bored in the normal classes. It’s best to first discuss these questions with the admissions officer. I'm glad that you have learned some things about yourself since your first comment but you have absolutely nothing to apologize for. When I did eventually get tested, my IQ also came in around 135-40, which they considered so little above average as to be irrelevant! But advocating for one’s gifted child at school unfortunately takes so much tact, delicacy and diplomacy–it is never easy. I am so glad to see this because I can so identify with most, almost all of what you have mentioned. She still is in GT because her teacher thinks so. Agreed. I’ve seen mixed results with gifted and Montessori. He blurts out answers.. He corrects other students rudely… He raises his hand in the air for no reason.. It’s impossible to tell. The CCAT is just a 15-minute abilities test – very, very different from an IQ test. I can especially relate to the “please, tell us, if you think this is not going to work in time to protect him from harm and move into a different situation.” Yes, I’ve seen the harm from not being moved out of a harmful educational environment and it is devastating. And thanks for sharing your experience with us! Also, almost every time, people that are “severely autistic” have other disabilities as well. It can keep gifted students interested in school, while also enabling them to develop another skill: fluency in a second language.

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She had a 4.25 GPA, last quarter and has consistently earned high honors, every year since 6th grade (there was no honors program, here, before that). Whether you are gifted or not, you sure have a great sense of humor, a very good insight into how you learn best, and a wonderful little bit of sarcasm that just spices it all up. Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. We also need to look closely at those parents of averagely able children who think that their little darlings need to be involved in every sport,dance,etc activity available in stead of going home and doing their homework. The rule is you must share at school” ” The rule is that when you play with other kids, you take turns.” Practice parallel play first; playing next to each other. My twin boys are both gifted and in 5th grade. At any rate there is always the possibility of working on your own, as you're already doing. Thank you for the letter. I wish I had done the same when my gifted sons were in school. I have always thought he is very bright, as most parents probably do and when it is your first you have nothing to compare to. I appreciated you taking time to write this to me. And, he could not handle the cash register because of needing to read coupons. It would cost thousands of dollars, and very likely be less than useful. Reading” Dr. Seuss books isn’t a good basis, as they are easily memorized and have strong rhyme patterns. Ellington Montessori School (est. His principal had just initiated a conversation with me today.

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Three CAC Professors Secure Competitive Lecturer Positions

CAC celebrates having three of their current lecturers win competitive lecturer contracts.

Dr. Jennifer Myers — Film Studies (AMC)

Myers was originally hired at UWT in the Winter of 2013. She has taught courses in Media Genres, Great Directors and Introduction to Film Studies during her time at UWT and has created a course on campus called “World Film” (T FILM 387, 388) which examines major cinematic movements, trends and individual works between 1927 and 2000.

In Spring 2015, Myers was hired as a Full Time Lecturer after a competitive interview process. She will continue her job teaching and in service of the university.

In her free time she escapes to the great outdoors, skiing, fly fishing and hiking. She is a frequent flier to Oregon where she spends time with her family. Her mother suffers from acute Rheumatoid Arthritis and her niece is severely Autistic, so Myers spends as much time as she can caring for and loving them.

Carbon Challenge Tests Student Resolve

In case you missed the possible grumblings of the many carnivores of UWT transitioning to vegetarian or vegan diets this past Fall quarter, many staff, students, and faculty have since completed the Carbon Challenge, a grant receiving project as a part of UW’s Green Seed Fund.

Students, staff, faculty and even the president of the University of Washington Ana Mari Cauce herself pledged to make a change after receiving the challenge.

Since Autumn of 2014, Dr. Ellen Moore (Communication) has challenged the students in her Contemporary Environmental Issues in Media course to lose 5,000 pounds...of carbon. Moore was inspired after participating in a variant of the challenge in 2014 in competition with her fellow commissioners of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission –– “Tacoma’s Biggest Loser” –– in which she “lost” the most carbon and was crowned the winner.

CAC Students Speak Up, Saying, “No,” to Methanol Plant

A $3.4 million proposed methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma has sparked outrage and controversy in the local community.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) proposed the construction of the plant, and if passed, construction will start as soon as 2017 and begin operating in 2020. Community members are concerned about the negative health and environmental factors that come along with building, and operating the plant.

Brendan Resnikoff, a senior in American Studies, believes that this poses a great risk to Tacoma and it should be evaluated based on the risk to human health, rather than the economic impact.

Tacoma community members have persistently attended hearings, and voiced their opposition to the plant.

Matt Kish: Moby-Dick in Pictures

In March, the CAC welcomed self-made artist Matt Kish to campus.

Kish talked with students and faculty about his book, Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. What started for Kish as simple desire for a fresh, creative outlet quickly gained a following.

Kish currently works as a librarian, but never attend art school. He has always had a strong interest in art and has been published in several collaborative illustration projects. However, feeling a lack of creativity in his life, he decided embark on a new endeavor. His mission: create one picture for every page of a book that had inspired him throughout his life—Moby-Dick.

Dia de los Muertos with UWT & TAM

Every November the Tacoma Art Museum holds a Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos free community festival and for the fifth year in a row UWT’s Hispanic studies professors and students joined in.                      

The Day of the Dead is a time of year when the two worlds–the world of the living and the world of the dead are close enough where spirits can come back to this world and have some type of communion with them. 

“It’s important to note that not everyone believes and celebrates it the same way, but the idea is to remember family members that have died,” said Hispanic Studies professor Augustus Machine. 

This year’s 11th annual festival included “a Calavera costume contest, traditional foods, and outdoor memorials.” Community members can also set up altars remembering their lost family members, or celebrate the holiday with a themed altar. 

Arts Alive at UWT

CAC hosted several events at UWT recently that united students and invigorated the campus community.

 Bread and Puppet Theater

Last October, the Bread and Puppet Theater paid a visit to UWT. The theater is well known for performing shows that exhibit social relevant storytelling through puppetry, street and community theater, and song. The politically radical theater is based in Glover, Vermont, but tours all over the world.

CAC faculty members Beverly Naidus (Arts, Media, Culture) and Michael Kula (Writing Studies) helped organize and facilitate the visit to campus, where the group performed their Vietnam War era protest piece: Fire.

Art Students Featured at Museum of Glass

This past March, a group of students came together to build a sculpture overlooking the Thea Foss Waterway. The project, inspired by the book The Boys in the Boat, was installed at the Museum of Glass as part of the Pierce County Library’s Pierce County READS program.

The art piece, created as part of T ARTS 367 Objects and Art taught by AMC Senior Lecturer Tyler Budge, is a tribute not only to the book, but to the “boys” who hailed from University of Washington and went on to win the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in the rowing competition against Nazi Germany.

Budge was contacted by the UW Library and asked if he would like to be a part of the presentation. He said if his class could be a part of it, then he would most definitely be willing to create a piece to commemorate the book and the story behind it. Once the decision was made, Budge tossed his syllabus aside and his class and he began the process of creating their masterpiece.

La Fountain Addresses The Drag of Poverty

In April, nationally recognized scholar Larry La Fountain presented to faculty, staff, students and Tacoma community members his work entitled “The Drag of Poverty: Erika Lopez, Holly Woodlawn, Monica Beverly Hillz, Welfare Queens.”

La Fountain, a scholar, writer, and performer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and now teaching at the University of Michigan, focused on the issue of being a drag queen and the effects it could have on other social issues such as race, class, sexuality and gender. His visit to UWT was made possible through efforts of American Studies and AMC assistant professor Ed Chamberlain.

Much of La Fountain’s presentation focused on Holly Woodlawn in Andy Warhol’s film “Trash,” Monica Beverly Hillz commonly known from the reality television show RuPaul’s “Drag Race,” and Erika Lopez’s, “The Welfare Queen.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Speaks at UWT

In April, Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing and author of Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario, spent a day at UWT, interacting with students and faculty and giving a lecture, all as part of the acclaimed UW Walker-Ames Lecture Series.

Enrique’s Journey is the story of one Honduran boy looking for his mother, after she left her starving family to find work in the United States.

“Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers,” according to enriquesjourney.com.

She echoed her discussion from her book of her three-month journey made on top of trains across South America to chronicle the story of Enrique, and how her experiences changed her view of unaccompanied, undocumented child migrants.