Today's guest post is written by Joshua Raymond, parent of three gifted girls, founder of a local gifted advocacy group, board member for the Michigan Association for Gifted Children, and team leader working with Avondale Schools in Michigan to explore starting a gifted magnet school.
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.
I know you are busy, but I hope you will take the time to understand me better. Ask your district for professional development on teaching gifted students. Read a book about gifted learners. Attend your state's gifted association's conference and take some classes in the educator track there.
Thanks for listening! I'm eager to learn and if you help me do that, you'll be one of my favorite teachers!
As first appeared on edweek.org's Finding Common Ground on July 4, 2016. Reprinted with permission from the author.
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