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Written for K–5 teachers, this practical guide corrects misunderstandings in the field of acceleration and provides the tools necessary to effectively determine the most appropriate learning options for gifted students. Through real-life stories, well-known authors in gifted education, Joan Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, dispel the common myths about acceleration and describe what it is, what forms it takes, and what it can do for gifted learners—intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
Presenting nuts-and-bolts guidance, this valuable resource provides:
Offering a new perspective on how prevailing attitudes have deprived students of opportunities to develop their talents, Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5, directly reflects the 2004 Templeton Report in validating the urgency to meet gifted students' needs.
"A must-read resource. Parents and teachers will value highly the content of this book on acceleration as they work together to address the needs of children who are gifted and talented."
"Acceleration is not treated as a strategy of last resort, but as a logical and reasonable way to acknowledge and provide for the growth and continuous progress of all children."
"Gives readers excellent step-by-step guidance on extensive ways to provide appropriate acceleration adjustment for our young advanced learners."
"Each chapter is an in-depth manual on how to sensitively and effectively achieve acceleration collaboratiively with parents, educators, and students."
"A well-written, extremely useful guide for parents and educators who wish to provide gifted students an opportunity to learn at a pace and level appropriate to their abilities. Offers valuable insight on the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."