In-School Options for Math-Talented Students:
Challenges of Math Acceleration
Opportunities Provided by Math Acceleration
A lot of useful information can be gained from taking an above-level test. These students already do very well on achievement tests that compare them to age-mates. They get everything right or almost everything right on the test. The “yardstick” (the grade-level test) that measures their talent is too short. Above-level tests, designed for older students, make the yardstick longer so we can more accurately measure a student’s capabilities. Above-level tests also allow us to differentiate the talented students from the exceptionally talented students. This information helps us to tailor advice to your child's abilities and needs
What should we consider when we’re thinking about giving our young student algebra?
Finding a mentor
If you are simply looking for a mentor who can help your child to have fun and explore math, then any responsible adult who is good at math and enjoys working with children might be a good mentor. If the primary purpose is to complete a course in math for school district credit, then it’s important to find a certified teacher who is also very good at math and enjoys working with children. Graduate students (math majors or math education majors), high school teachers, and retired engineers have all been good mentors.
Some Final Thoughts
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