Talk about a hot topic! This week’s chat was already in full swing before the moderator even arrived! Radical Acceleration and Early College Entrance elicited strong emotions from both teachers and parents. This week’s guest, Madeline Goodwin (see blog post below) was quite articulate in her portrayal of experiences she had in college … beginning at the age of 13. Now a recent grad, Madeline has her sights set on graduate school in the fall.
Madeline was joined at the chat by her mother, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, to share the experience from a parent’s point of view. Many of her comments help put concerns of other parents in perspective and were well received by those at the chat. A full transcript may be found here.
We learned that Madeline was entirely homeschooled prior to entering college. This allowed her to progress at her own speed without concern from schools about her social development. It also made it easier to access and connect with experts in areas of study in which she was interested. It afforded her the opportunity to associate with people on her intellectual level who had shared interests.
What curriculum did the Goodwin’s use to homeschool? Corin summed it up with this comment,
“We were pretty eclectic. I brought out the workbooks and I faced a mutiny, so we did other stuff. Like visiting 56 National Parks!”
It was interesting to note that college wasn’t smooth sailing all the time; but not for the reasons one might expect. Even at the collegiate level, Madeline did not always feel challenged. At times, her young age made it difficult to socialize with older students and of course … she couldn’t even drive yet!
Regrets? None so far according to Madeline. “Academically, college was exactly what I needed, no regrets. Learned a lot, including about work ethic & study habits. College had clubs that I joined and I went to an alternative prom earlier this year!” She credited her family for helping to make the experience a positive one, ” Definitely had lots of support,guidance, and scaffolding from my mother, and patience from my brother who got dragged along!”
In the final analysis, it was agreed that the decision to accelerate is a very personal one that needs to be made by the student in consultation with their parents. It certainly is not for everyone; but it was the right one for Madeline!
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Livebinder from Leslie Graves
Academic Acceleration at Hoagies Gifted Education Page
“College @ 13 Young, Gifted, and Purposeful” from Great Potential Press
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page
* Photo courtesy of Pixabay
Creative Passion and Gifted Adults proved to be a fascinating discussion about how creative passion is fostered and developed. The role of intensities in gifted adults was explored. A full transcript may be found here.
As promised during chat, please find all the links presented during chat and additional links as well. Below, also, find a reading list pertaining to creativity.
Joanna Penn: “Eliminate What Keeps You from Being Productive”
“Can Anyone Be Creative? How? What next?” by James C. Kaufman at The Creativity Post
“Do Impostor Feelings Dampen Your Creativity?” by Douglas Eby
“Do Artists Have Unique Brains?” at The Creative Mind
“Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation” at The Creative Mind
“Do You Feel a Calling to be Creative?” at The Creative Mind
“Positive Obsessions to be Creative” at Developing Multiple Talents
“Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse or Hard Work?” at Talent Development Resources
“Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central
Developing Creativity (portal)
“How Technology Enhances Creativity” by Greg Satell
“The Creative Adult is the Child Who Has Survived” by Rita J. King
“Self Care and Being Creative” by Douglas Eby for Psych Central
“Brain Differences and Creativity” at Talent Development Resources
“What Keeps You Away from Creative Work?” at The Creative Mind
“Curiosity and Creativity” by Douglas Eby at Psych Central
“On Giftedness and Creativity” from Leslie Links
“10 Ways to Boost Creativity” by Steve Tobak at CBS Moneywatch
Cybraryman’s Creativity Page
The Creativity Post from Co-founders Milena Fisher, Scott Kaufman, Elliot S Paul
“The Dangers of Creativity Advocates” by James C. Kaufman
Is Creativity Declining Among Young Americans? Visual Art & Writing Examined by Catherine Griffin
“Using Design Process (why & how) for Problem Solving & Education” from Craig Rusbult, Ph.D.
Tres Columnae – Building a Joyful Learning Community: Stories from Justin Schwamm
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Creatively Gifted
Cybraryman’s Passion Based Learning Page
The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays (Amazon) from Scott Barry Kaufman
Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive & the Creative (Amazon) by Eric Maisel http://goo.gl/n8tIxM
Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art (Amazon – Kindle) by Jenny Doh
The Myths of Creativity: The Truth about How Innovative Companies & People Generate Great Ideas (Amazon) by David Burkus
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Amazon) by Ken Robinson
Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People (Amazon) by Robert S. Root-Bernstein and Michele M. Root-Berstein
My Teeming Brain: Creativity in Creative Writers (Amazon) by Jane Piirto
The Psychology of Creative Writing (Amazon – Kindle) from Scott Barry Kaufman & James C. Kaufman
Understanding Creativity (Amazon) by Jane Piirto
Developing Multiple Talents: The Personal Side of Creative Expression (Amazon – Kindle) by @DouglasEby
*Image Courtesy: MorgueFile