Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Session 4 - Question 1

Would you recommend this book to other professionals in education? Why or Why not?

15 comments:

  1. I would recommend this book to someone that has a likelihood of encountering kids that would enter college early. I'm not sure how many kids I will personally encounter, but it was helpful to have been exposed to the thoughts of so many that have done so.

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  2. I would recommend the book to students; parents; and counselors. It has a lot of good information for people interested in early college entrance. I would have liked to have seen more information from the student's points of views as to what to expect and what their experiences were when the entered college early.

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  3. Yes, this is a fine book to learn about the opportunities that await the gifted child. It offered many avenues of advice for early entrants and shared great program ideas. For the student and parents, this is a must read to aid them in the correct direction and for the educator who serves as advisor, this book absolutely is essential in seeing the whole picture for your gifted student.

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  4. I would recommend this book. Educators who read this book become aware of the many questions that need to be asked before consideration of early entrance to college. Furthermore one learns that there are many professional advisors skilled in this area of helping the early entrants make the correct choices or help them adjust to their new college environment.

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  5. I think I could recommend this book to parents and counselors as a good reference source for “What’s out there?” type of questions. It would help outline all of the programs that are available not only in Texas but nationwide. I think the main ideas parents might get from the book would be the comments from the students, the problems, the failures and the successes other students have had. I don’t think that this book is as useful as others we have done for classroom teachers that discussed recognition, problems GT students incur and differentiation. We might use it as a spring board for discussions with parents and students but the real emphasis would probably come from administrators and counselors.

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  6. Victoria GutierrezJuly 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Absolutely! Infact, I whole heartedly believe this book should be required reading for teachers in the AP/GT classroom, especially highschool. Many GT staff development classes to provide teachers with a "tool box" of daily lessons and activities, but Dr. Muratori's book supplies the teacher with the knowledge needed when the "tool box" is no longer enough.

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  7. I would recommend this to any high school counselor. Did the high school counselors get cut as the elementary school ones were? If they did they will need all the help they can get. I think that parents group at Bendwood would enjoy a presentation based on this book at a PTA meeting.

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  8. Victoria, I agree with you - this is a great book for AP/GT teachers since they are the ones who have the most contact with the GT kids. I think it's esp. important for AP/GT teachers at the lower SES schools since they often provide the college "push" to students.

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  9. svankampen, I think this book would be a good book to give the parents of GT kids when they leave Bendwood and start Middle School. It would give them some idea of what options await their children.

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  10. I would recommend it to others since I did find it valuable. It provided confirmation of some items that I already knew and had experience about plus it gave some good check lists that most high school juniors and seniors could find valuable if they were planning on heading off to college.

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  11. I think this book is recommended reading for parents, teachers, counselors and administrators that work with gifted and very high achieving students. For parents of such a child, this book is helpful in letting them learn about the program options out there for early college. Even if a child is younger and shows promise in moving quickly through accelerated programs, it gives parents something to think about. For the education professionals, it’s a great resource to use with students which show promise. It looks at various programs and does a good job of detailing them. The professionals in the schools are often the first people that parents go to when they have questions, so this book is a great resource to get knowledge to answer those questions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and I would certainly recommend it.

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  12. This book was great for counselors and parents of kids thinking about early entrance to college. As far as teachers, really not. It would inform both parties about their options and planning.

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  13. Yes, I would recommend this book to teachers and academic counselors (in middle school, high school and even at the college level). My hope is that this book makes the mentioned facilitators aware of what to look for as far as genuine reasons for gifted students to move on and enter college early (i.e. academic advancement) and not for reasons of running away from an unpleasant situation or person. This book should not only be shared with teachers and counselors I would include sharing this book with a gifted student and his/her parents faced with this important decision. I enjoyed reading about all the programs, program director interviews, program objectives, expectations and admission requirements across the United States. I also enjoyed reading student input on early college entrance experiences. I agree with Mixkid in that I too would have liked to have read more detail student accounts and advice of their experiences. Overall, this book was an eye opener into the world of early college decision making.

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  14. To be quite honest, I'm not sure that I would recommend this to other teachers, unless they were dealing specifically with a student or group of students weighing this option. I think it would be more valuable for counselors, but for each group, I think this would be good as a jumping-off point. I think that it would help to start conversations between the student and his or her parents and it would hopefully lead them to research schools and programs that would be suitable. I agree with PKassir that this book would help create for the parents an awareness of the programs out there.

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  15. Yes, I would certainly recommend this to teachers, counselors, principals, parents, etc. This book is also good for students entering college for the first time, at any age. It addresses parental concerns and gives great counseling to students who are planning to enter college. It points out many pitfalls and situations that need to be thought out and planned for. It serves as a great guide to succeeding in the collegiate environment and gives the professionals insight in helping the families of these gifted indviduals who are beginning to follow this track.

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