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Gifted and Talented versus General Education Programs

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:39

Why choose a gifted and talented program? The gifted and talented programs (G&T) were developed to keep the middle class in New York City instead of flocking to suburban schools. All G&T teachers are certified to teach gifted education, and the programs are specially designed to meet the needs of children with special talents. Most G & T programs have an accelerated curriculum, particularly in math and reading. Perhaps the greatest advantage of G&T programs is that students are grouped with peers of similar intellectual abilities, providing a stimulating academic environment. However, there are a few disadvantages to these programs. Students have to take standardized tests to be admitted to a G&T program. These G&T classes tend to serve a less diverse student population than are found in general education classes. Finally, while some children may shine in a general education class, others may merely be “average” in a gifted program.

Entrance Exams

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:37

 

Many parents worry about the entrance exams that their 4 year olds are required to take to enroll in New York City private and selective public elementary schools. Fortunately, the best ways to prepare your child for these standardized exams are fun. The following activities help children improve their intellectual skills as well as prepare them for the test itself.

School Compatibility

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:37

Is your school right for your family? You cannot answer this question within the first week or month of school; however, over time you will get a sense whether your child and you are happy with the education she or he is receiving.

Your answers to the following questions will help you determine whether the school is a good fit for your child and your family. At the end of the first semester, ask these questions to determine whether this is the right school for you, or if it is time to search for a new school.

Grade Span

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:36

Although most school districts ascribe to the three-school traditional model—elementary school (k-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12)—some schools are breaking the mold and serve a larger range of grades. In many cities, you will find schools serving grades k-8, k-12, and 6-12. Here are some benefits and disadvantages to these new schools.

K-8 schools

Multi-Age Groups

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:35

Some schools ascribe to the multi-age grouping philosophy in which students remain with the same teachers for at least two years. There are several advantages and disadvantages to this approach. For example, it normally takes a while for teachers to understand their students learning styles, behavioral tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. The multi-age approach allows teachers to identify which method of instruction works best for your child, how your child reacts to different forms of discipline and maintain an on-going assessment of your child’s progress in learning various skills.

Public Versus Private Schools

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:34

Why choose a public school?

Over the past few years, the number of educational options offered by the New York City public school system has expanded substantially. There are public zoned, selective and theme schools as well as some charter schools that enjoy great leadership and teachers who offer an equally good education as can be found at any private school—at no cost. Moreover, the student population in public schools tends to be more diverse than the students enrolling in private schools.

Gifted and Talented versus General Education Programs

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:32

Why choose a gifted and talented program? The gifted and talented programs (G&T) were developed to keep the middle class in New York City instead of flocking to suburban schools. All G&T teachers are certified to teach gifted education, and the programs are specially designed to meet the needs of children with special talents. Most G & T programs have an accelerated curriculum, particularly in math and reading. Perhaps the greatest advantage of G&T programs is that students are grouped with peers of similar intellectual abilities, providing a stimulating academic environment. However, there are a few disadvantages to these programs. Students have to take standardized tests to be admitted to a G&T program. These G&T classes tend to serve a less diverse student population than are found in general education classes. Finally, while some children may shine in a general education class, others may merely be “average” in a gifted program.

Grades versus Portfolios

Submitted by pteitelbaum@edu... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:30

Some progressive schools are using portfolios to measure student’s learning and performance instead of grades. Although portfolios and grades serve the same function—measuring student performance on a regular schedule—there are advantages and disadvantages to each system. Parents grew up with grades and do not have trouble understanding the differences between an A and a C. grade. Since they are typically on a scale, it is not difficult to determine how your child compares to school’s standard grade level or even to their peers if the school requires teachers to limit the number of As and Bs given.

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